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Looks nice so far. Following along.
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post #17 of 39 (permalink) Old 11-15-2012, 06:35 PM
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This is a fun one! I can't wait to see what you'll be doing next
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Washed the gravel and got it placed around the edges and got the pump in there too.




For the pump, I just cut down my tubing to the right length, then found a hose barb fitting that fit the tubing on one end, and that my pump spout could slip inside of on the other end, even though that end of the hose barb fitting has male threads, it's large enough to fit snugly on the outside of my pump spout. Then I just placed the pump in the bottom and it's suction cup feet hold it in place. Once I get more RO water to fill it up with, I can plug it in and get the waterfall running.



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looks good so far i see you were able to capture one of those elusive indonesian yellow razors. i have been trying to get one of those for years.
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looks good so far i see you were able to capture one of those elusive indonesian yellow razors. i have been trying to get one of those for years.
lol, yeah, I actually have 2 of them, just lucky I guess

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With water and the pump running...

I made the false bottom tall to be able to have the twin waterfalls and still be able to get the pump submerged.

Today I'm going to my friend's shop (she's the one responsible for all this who's ordering in the frogs) because she's getting in a shipment of frogs and one of almost 200 terrarium plants and mini bromileads, so I might be coming home with a bunch of plants and another frog today.



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Looks and sounds cool. Looking forward to further updates.
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I just got home with 7 mini broms and 12 small assorted terrarium plants. Between those and all my aquatic plants that I'm going to convert to emmersed growth, I think I have plenty to fill in the 40. I also picked up some coconut fiber, coconut husk chunks, and coarse orchid bark to mix with the charcoal and sphagnum moss I already have at home as a substrate. Also got a small cup of springtails to start a culture with.

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Looks amazing. Can't wait for the plants. Good work
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post #25 of 39 (permalink) Old 11-18-2012, 04:10 PM Thread Starter
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OK! Photobucket was being uncooperative the past couple days, but it seems to be functional again, so here are some more pics.

Just have to figure out how to block of the 1" gap in the glass on one side of the tank so the frogs don't escape and I can add the female to the tank. The male will stay in QT for about a month before I introduce him.






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wow this looks amazing!! Excellent choice with the bromeleads, they always have such a tropical feel to them. I love how you have them in several colors.
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My friend got in a shipment of 10 different types of mini bromeliads, and like 100 assorted small terrarium/house plants, and I happened to be in the store when the box came, so I helped her unpack it and got first dibs on plants, lol.

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Looks amazing.
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Looks great. Appears that there may be a few orchids in there as well?
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post #30 of 39 (permalink) Old 11-19-2012, 08:27 PM
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Oh wow! Amazing! I love it! Awesome work!

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