So my 1st attempt was a failure. The AC filter did not have enough go -go juice to draw up the water and after the 1st power outage of the season the motor was fried and the tank was just too small for a Riparium in the end.
So... It's coming back as something different. This poor little tank is turning into my play/creativity tank. Not sure what it will turn into eventually but it will be somewhere between a Riparium/Paludarium ish tank on the cheap. I am smitten with Paludariums and had to try my hand at carving something. It may end up failing as well but 3/4 of the fun is trying something new
I had a few PVC sections left over from a kitchen re-do and a heat gun I use in scrap-booking/card making. Who knew it would work to melt PVC - but it did great! Here are a few photos of the work in progress.
I envision a land like area across the back, maybe a peat covered something or other for mosses or a few emersed plants. I have an old internal filter that I'll probably use off to the left, hidden by the land area. This time thinking that an internal filter will be easier with the constant summer power outages we have here. We were on rolling black outs last year due to the heat and I don't want to risk burning out another motor. I still think the water area will be too small to house any fish but who knows, maybe a few micro fish later on.
Here is the start (along with my little micro helper )
The bottom of the stump will be cut off after I have the final shape done
I love black foam, what a great invention!
Carved stump - the black shiney spots are the last bit from foam can #1.
Close up of the stump
I am not sure what I am going to eventually cover it in but now that it is carved, I see where I need to add more foam and re-carve it.
Feedback or suggestion on hat to cover it with would be great!