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03-18-2013 01:17 AM
Scottyhorse Any updates or pictures??
12-14-2012 08:26 PM
vespers_ are there any potential dowsides/benefits to using filter sponge instead of screen to cover the egg crate in the false bottom? water would still be able to pass through it and i have a lot of it on hand.
12-14-2012 02:35 PM
jester56 Wow! Your build has answered lots of questions just by showing your plans and progress. Excellent work. Can't wait to see the finished deal! Subscribed!
12-14-2012 02:10 PM
Guns286 Welcome back! Good idea with the acrylic divider. I'm thinking about the same thing. I'm not sure how to hide it behind rocks/sand/plants yet though. Lets see some pictures when you get started.
12-13-2012 09:30 PM
vespers_ So after a very long hiatus I have decided to continue with this build. I was busy and after a while of not working on it every day I forgot it in the basement

I have decided to change the plan slightly. my fear was that the coco coir would detach if submerged so i think what i'll do is separate the water and land portions with a strip of black acrylic. the back section of the tank will be a false bottom and the front a small water area (much less than original 20g). I think this will help with cleaning and make everything simpler.

in my original plan i thought the black acrylic would look bad in the water, which is why i made the foam, but i think if i put and edge over the top of the strip and get creative with the substrate, rocks and wood, it will look good.


the background will still be GS and coco coir and i think i may add a small waterfall if i can figure it out.
06-10-2012 07:11 PM
Guns286 Updates?? I'm thinking of doing the same thing and I am wondering how your's turned out.
04-24-2012 05:17 PM
Wy Renegade Any updates on this?
04-07-2012 03:06 AM
Imi Statue Subbed
04-05-2012 05:42 PM
schoolzoo Would love to see how this tank has progressed - Thanks for sharing so far.
02-13-2012 12:59 AM
driftwoodhunter Yeah, I was hoping for an update too!
02-12-2012 10:06 PM
Exceliber Any updates on this tank?
12-15-2011 01:51 AM
vespers_ thanks!

@Sharkfood: It's zoomed Eco Earth. i bought it at petco on a trip to the states, but i think they sell it anywhere reptile supplies are sold.

they sell it in compressed bricks and loose. i bought it loose because you have to soak the compressed kind in water for it to expand.
12-15-2011 12:38 AM
Sharkfood Did you order your coco fiber online or buy it locally?

The only place I can think of to look for it would be hydroponic shops.
12-14-2011 11:23 PM
SNAKEMANVET Tagging along,great build.
12-05-2011 10:30 PM
vespers_ Thanks!

It's getting there! i'm pretty much ready to build the actual background now once i can find some black foam to use. in hindsight I should have just used it to start , but i'm learning.

Today I put some mesh over the eggcrate to stop dirt slipping through



and then build a little access door so i can get in underneath






and then i spread some silicone over the back wall of the tank to prep it for the foam background. not sure how well it'll show up in the pictures.





I'm starting to hunt for plants now. I have a ton of java moss and riccia that i've been growing in another tank ready to go, but i'm still not sure about land plants.

I love broms and i'm leaning towards the neos and crytanthuses (fireball, riens pride etc... as well as rabbitsfoot ferns but I'd really like to get some vines and other interesting plants to fill it all in. I like ficus pumila, but can't seem to find it anywhere.

suggestions for plants that would work would be appreciated! cheaper is better too because I'm not swimming in money ATM

edit: several stores offer discounts if you buy the ugly, misshapen etc... plants. if i were to purchase these, would the pups be distorted as well? i think it might be a good option for me.
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