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post #16 of 121 (permalink) Old 11-28-2009, 01:22 AM
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AWESOME!!!! That tank is amazing! Nice work!

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So where is this "office" in Phoenix?
Is it open to the public?


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post #19 of 121 (permalink) Old 11-30-2009, 02:57 AM
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That's awesome. I have several of those mini Neo. bromeliads and I like them a lot too. I also wonder if, being wet enough for the emersed Anubias, the setup might be a little too damp for the bromeliads. I really like the layout of the branches. It will be fascinating to see what kinds of animals you get in there.
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one of the coolest things i've ever seen
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That's awesome. I have several of those mini Neo. bromeliads and I like them a lot too. I also wonder if, being wet enough for the emersed Anubias, the setup might be a little too damp for the bromeliads. I really like the layout of the branches. It will be fascinating to see what kinds of animals you get in there.
I think there is a difference between wet and humid. Judging by the roots being put in by the Anubius at this point its definatly humid enough. New roots are coming in thick with nice very fine hairy roots that visually hold dew. Another few weeks and they should be attached enough to remove the ties, although the moss at their bases is doing a fine job of acting like a glue also. What few new leaves are coming in are doing well also. It is interesting to see the completely different root structure terrestrially .

The Broms are also sending out nice new roots and are showing no signs of rot and get plenty of time to dry out. I probably keep things less wet than quite a few vivs out there with Neo's that do just fine long term.

So using the plants as a guide, things are going well.

The key to setting this up, and the biggest PITA, was managing humidity, temp, dew point, ventillation (fresh cool humid air), and circulation. The main reasoning was to keep the glass clear of fog, does no good having a display if you can't see it. The two fans bringing in fresh cool air around water and through damp soil act like an evap aiding in keeping the temp down inside the tank matching the outside ambient temperature. Tank temps are staying steady at 74-76F with Rh between 80-90% (measured and monitored with an MSI HM1500LF). The foggers help manage the humidity without saturating things. The misters are for the occasional mist and help keep the water in the broms tanks fresh, feed the moss, and rehydrate the soil (fresh air gets pumped through it sucking out moisture). The downside with this type of setup is evaporation and water loss but with a Rh of 20% in the office that moisture is going to go somewhere. But the 18 gallon sump lasts just over two weeks, which is inside my maintanence window. The fresh air also aids in keeping the air from becoming stagnant. But by keeping the humidity up and constant this keeps the moisture from being sucked out of the plant, the fresh air and circulation keeps the surface of the plant from staying wet.

Unfortunatly for this photo I got there right after the mid-afternoon mist. But it made for an intersting shot anyways.

N. Chiquita Linda blooming.



Thanks for the feedback all. Its going to be a fun one for me to watch it mature and fill in.
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What an inspiration the tank is, simply amazing, like a window into a riverside.
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post #23 of 121 (permalink) Old 11-30-2009, 12:28 PM
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Wow, that is incredible! I've always wanted to do something like this.

You know what would be really awesome for this tank, is if you could get your hands on some Vampire Crabs or something from the Geosasarma genus. They're semi-aquatic, don't need brackish water, stay pretty small, and eat mostly dirt (well, the tiny organisms in the dirt). They would be perfect for this setup!

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Really nice display. Are you doing this as a hobby, or a business? Looks very professional.

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Current plant list. I'm pretty sure I got them all.

Aquatic:
Anubias barteri var. nana
Cryptocoryne crispatula var. balansae
Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Tropica'
Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides

Terrestrial:
Anubias barteri var. nana
Anubias barteri var. nana 'petite'
Anubias barteri ''coffeefolia''
Anubias barteri var. caladiifolia ''1705''
Begonia boweri
Bolbitis heudelotii
Cardamine lyrata
Eleocharis montevidensis
Fissedens sp. 'singapore'
Hedera helix
*Hemianthus callitrichoides
Hemianthus micranthemoide
Hemigraphis sp.
Ionantha 'mexican blush'
Ludwigia glandulosa
Microsorum pteropus
Microsorum pteropus 'Windelov'
Neoregelias 'chiquita linda'
Neoregelias ' eoz'
Neoregelias 'wee willy'
Peperomia obtusifolia
Riccardia fluitans
Riccardia graeffei
Selaginella kraussiana
*Strobilanthes dyerianus
Staurogyne sp.
Taxiphyllum sp. 'flame moss'
Taxiphyllum sp. ' peacock moss'
Thuidium delicatulum
Tillandsia albertiana
Tillandsia brachycaulos 'blush'
Tillandsia juncea
Tillandsia myosura
Vesicularia sp. 'creeping moss'

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Really nice display. Are you doing this as a hobby, or a business? Looks very professional.
Strictly as a hobby.
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Strictly as a hobby.
You might want to consider a part time job. Keep your options open.

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You might want to consider a part time job. Keep your options open.
People that have offices that nice generally have good enough jobs that they're not looking around.
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Strictly as a hobby.
??? Something this nice and you are not making money from it?

Many hotels, doctor receptions, and even offices would for sure pay rental for something like this.

On our London office we are trying to get a fish tank rental, but the proposals we get are so basic and so expensive, mostly lake malawi setups, and nothing with plants.
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post #30 of 121 (permalink) Old 12-08-2009, 12:26 AM
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This is Amazing man. How long was the actual build time for this once you had all the supplies need to start? It's really beautiful man.
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