I've been stalking the forum for awhile now and finally decided to sign up, this is my first post and I just wanted to thank everyone so much for all of their helpful posts! Ya'll are great and for sure gave me the confidence to undertake my first viv build! After recently losing my little girl (13 yr old leopard gecko), I didn't want to let her aquarium go to waste so I've started on my viv build and wanted to share progress! As of now, I am done with the build and I am just letting my plants get adjusted and have a chance to grow in a bit before I add my critters. I am planning on adding two red eyed tree frogs, I had read that a ten gallon tank is acceptable room for a pair of RETFs, but any more would be too crowded. I had also read that they thrive best with a buddy. Anyways, here is my progress/process:
This is my false bottom out of eggcrate and zipties, I created a pool in the front and an area to house my waterfall pump in the back corner.
Here i have added the PVP supports and I also covered the eggcrate in a mesh to keep substrate from slipping through and clogging up my waterfall filter. Also, the back has been siliconed and the bottom two inches on the front and a small portion on the side to hide the GS foam.
Here ive started using the GS to build up my waterfall. I also filled in my PVC supports with GS to keep stagnate water at bay. I cut a plastic water bottle and sized it to create a flow path for my water to flow down into the pool. I then siliconed it in place and put silicone over the flow path and covered it in aquarium rock to give it a creek bed appearance.
Here I have continued the GS onto the back portion of the tank to build up my vertical climbing space. I included a small tree like structure that will house a plant as well as a rock that will be carved out to form a small cave.
After letting the GS cure for a few days I applied another layer of silicone and pressed the coconut reptile substrate stuff. It came in a brick form and had to be broken up. It stuck well for the most part but there are a few places I had to go over again and apply a second coat, but here is the background.
I used a combination of organic potting soil, I made sure there were no crazy chemical fertilizers or anything too unnatural in it, I also added charcoal and peat moss/sphagnum moss. After planting and getting the pump in, I covered the corner with some flat sandstone so the pump was easily accessible. After adding water and putting down my substrate, I am quite pleased with how everything has turned out. I cannot wait to get my RETFs in there, but I still need to build my fogger and I want to find a better way to light it up. Any lighting suggestions would be great. Ive been monitoring my humidity and temps and it seems to stay at about 80 F with my light on it and drops to about 74 F at night. I have a screen top and can only hold about 40% humidity, so Im planning on making a fogger from tubing and a humidifier. I am also planning on getting strip LEDs in blue so I can watch them do their thing at night without turning a light on. But any suggestions on lighting and or a better lid option would be fantastic. The finished product: