Madagascar inspired Mantella tank - The Planted Tank Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-16-2012, 01:12 AM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Guru
 
Fishies_in_Philly's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: phila., PA
Posts: 2,331
Madagascar inspired Mantella tank

so i wasn't sure if i should post this in this section, or under the herp section, but since i clicked this one first, i guess it's going here.

i'm currently in the middle of building a 40B mantella tank. since they are from madagascar, gotta go with that theme. this won't be a complete biotope, since terrestrials, other than orchids, from madagascar are rare in any hobby. so with some of the plants, i'm gonna have to wing it. that and i plan on having pseudomugil signifier (pacific blue eyed rainbow fish) and some breed of shrimp in the aquatic section, so the biotope goes right out the window there....LOL

so anyway, i started this a few days ago, and i wanted to wait until i got further along in the build before i started this thread, but all the cool new builds inspired me to start my journal. here's what i have so far:

i knew i wanted this stump that i have had around for ages to be the centerpiece. so i positioned it how i liked it and started building my egg crate around it:



then i removed everything, and siliconed the sides and back of the tank for the great stuff to stick to.


wrapped up some support pieces in weed blocker in order to keep my aquatic critters in the aquatic side and not go under the false bottom, die and foul my water:


built this contraption to hold my ultrasonic fogger, then covered it in weed blocker. then put some stuff back in for reference. and this is where it stands until i can get to the hydroponics store this weekend for some mesh pots:


the moss will be scraped off that stump and baked for like the 20th time before it gets installed permanently. next update, sunday (i hope...lol)

Last edited by Fishies_in_Philly; 11-16-2012 at 01:14 AM. Reason: i can't type for crap!
Fishies_in_Philly is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-16-2012, 03:15 AM
Planted Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Japan
Posts: 185
Nice work so far! Sub.
Kado is offline  
post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-16-2012, 10:05 PM
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
Wy Renegade's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Wyoming
Posts: 374
Nice! Following along on this one as well.
Wy Renegade is offline  
post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-19-2012, 01:46 AM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Guru
 
Fishies_in_Philly's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: phila., PA
Posts: 2,331
ok, update time!! after i did the water testing, reconfigured a few things, and designed a rain system (more on that one in a later post), i got my equipment secured, terrestrial areas wrapped in weekblocker and got ready for some foam:




yes, that is a reflection of me and my 75g planted in the one pic. hey, i never claimed to be a photographer....lol

after that, i started foaming. then added a few pots for plants, and foamed some more. i will let this cure over night and then i should be able to complete the foaming tomorrow night. the easy part is done for mow.




sorry there's not more. building a rain system was a bit more tricky than i expected, and still has to be completed, that will be in the next few updates.

btw...this was the stuff i purchased at the hydroponics store to make my "rain system" it's basically a hydro irrigation system, so to speak. implementing it is the difficult part, but i think i have it figured out.
Fishies_in_Philly is offline  
post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-20-2012, 05:48 PM
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
LyzzaRyzz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Rhode Island
Posts: 465
Wow! Can't wait to see it come to life! Great ideas!!

50g, 45g, 15g, 10g, 2x2.5g, 2g bowl

LyzzaRyzz's Tanks and More! - http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=226122
LyzzaRyzz is offline  
post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-20-2012, 07:45 PM
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
Wy Renegade's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Wyoming
Posts: 374
I think you need to post a link in here to the other thread. Just a thought
Wy Renegade is offline  
post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-21-2012, 01:02 AM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Guru
 
Fishies_in_Philly's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: phila., PA
Posts: 2,331
Fishies_in_Philly is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome