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10-31-2015 01:02 PM
somewhatshocked Beginning to think it may be time for me to use some stronger lighting than the Fugerays I've got over my tanks at the moment. Granted, the fixtures are just 8 or so inches from most of the plants but I'm guessing I'll have a lot better plant growth with CFLs or one of my other LED fixtures I've just got in storage.
09-23-2015 09:01 PM
somewhatshocked Yep. Still have the Tillandsia bug. Had to move most of them to the office because I'm in the midst of a move, so haven't done a lot with the tanks. Even have some loose plants just laying around that I've acquired the past few weeks.

Some updated shots:

Look how dusty:

Spanish Moss is growing well — just hanging from a ZooMed light stand in front of the tanks:

New ones:


Need to water later today, which is why some of them look a bit thirsty. Takes about 20 minutes to remove them all, mist or soak and return to their positions. I really ought to get my act together and set up an enclosure that's drilled for drainage so I don't have to move the plants around.

Planning to rewire some stands and rearrange a bit. Probably replacing the moss in the dome with pea gravel and adding a couple more.

Definitely doing the Vivarium thing once settled. Slowly collecting everything. Have an 18x24x18 Exo and a larger one - 36x18x36 (I think those are the dimensions - it's tall and wide) - gotta plan a bit more. DIY background with cork branches. Have plenty of driftwood and manzanita. Am a big fan of small ferns, vines, small orchids, other bromeliads, mosses, nothing too crazy.

Just need to make my mind up about whether or not I want to drill the tank (or tanks? Maybe I'll do both). Leaning against. Sticking with a manual siphon and drain pipe will force me to pay regular attention to the tank and prevent neglect.

Pretty sure I'll be going the thumbnail frog route if I end up keeping critters.
09-23-2015 04:05 PM
wastewater How's your Tillandsia project progressing (still have the Tilly bug)? You had mentioned in your above post "a new vivarium build". Any decisions on the design, flora/fauna?
07-21-2015 12:01 AM
Rushdoggie Very cool!
07-20-2015 11:57 PM
somewhatshocked While I've got a layout and purpose for this tank, that's still several months in the future. You know how it is when life gets in the way and other tanks take priority.


Figured out a temporary use for the tank (and one of my high-clarity cubes - a 25cm/10") and thought I should update here.

Thanks to inspiration from wastewater's great Tillarium, I decided to set up temporary quarters for some Tillandsia (air plants) that I've been neglecting since at least mid-winter.

Siliconed some cork bark onto the back and made some crude holders out of 18 gauge floral wire. Here they are shortly after a dunk in some spring water:

They've lost color because they haven't been under their usual light fixtures for several months but they've still occasionally flowered and thrown pups, as you can see in the top right. To the left of the tank is a hollowed-out champagne cork holding a pup from my T. neglecta that's so small I can't place it in in a holder.

Here's a look at them pre-dunk in the bath:

16" Finnex Fugeray lights the tank and seems to be plenty bright. Have a 20" Fugeray and several other fixtures I can swap with if need be. Eventually all of these plants will wind up in a 10gal tall with a custom LED fixture. If I ever get around to soldering LEDs, that is.

Have temporarily rigged a 40mm fan for air circulation

Some cell phone shots of the 25cm tank:

This tank also has a 40mm fan for air circulation.

And a small globe containing what I think is T. ionantha 'guatemala':

It gets light from the cube, which has a 10" Fugeray on top.

While they don't look great and aren't laid out too well, I like them for what they're going to be temporarily.

All of these plants used to be mounted on cork rounds and driftwood but I decided to use the wood in a new vivarium build.

What's not pictured is a huge mess of Spanish Moss I've got growing amongst all of the metal IKEA shelves in the office. Started as a few small springs of gray-green stuff has morphed into a crazy mess. Will try to snap a pic when there's better lighting.
10-23-2014 12:58 PM
somewhatshocked Nothing to update. This tank is still sitting empty. Maybe sometime this winter but other tanks took priority.
10-23-2014 05:19 AM
Minhha2006 Update? Ive been following every thread and ive finally caught up!
06-02-2014 04:33 PM
somewhatshocked Ended up moving and haven't had a chance to get things going.

Just finished my new tank room last week, so all my tanks documented here on the forum will be coming back to life ASAP.
06-02-2014 04:17 PM
EwDeg Did you ever set up this tank? I like the footprint, so just curious what you did with it.
02-25-2014 07:40 PM
Harrisgo update??
12-01-2013 02:23 PM
Originally Posted by somewhatshocked View Post
Have another piece that could work in this tank:

Not quite sure yet. Still hoping to find a nice stump of some sort.
That piece looked like the ship from Thor 2

Thats a beautiful piece. Looking forward seeing the tank grow!
11-05-2013 12:22 AM
somewhatshocked AquaTop also has some rectangle tanks that are high-clarity - definitely give them a look on the site.

Have finally started playing more with the scape of this bowfront and believe I'm nearly settled on something. Hope to photograph it and get it planted ASAP! The move really zapped me for energy and I'm just now getting caught back up.
11-05-2013 12:08 AM
BillV thanks Jake, I am interested in the Euro style, possibly high clarity tanks. It would be for my new office so I still have a couple of weeks to see what might fit. Its just that their price was amazing, but being on clearance makes me wonder why. I like a panoramic view of a rectangular tank over a cube, I have an Ebi at home and while I like it I wish it were longer. I was liking the Mr Aqua bookcase tanks for their length.
11-04-2013 08:39 PM
somewhatshocked Most all-in-one tanks are a bad idea. I'd say those aren't a great deal. The high-clarity and bowfronts are great, though.

My philosophy: buy exactly what you want. Don't buy half of what you want while compromising over $20-$30. That's what makes this hobby so great - the waiting period. Wait til you find exactly what you want and you'll be happier with the end product.
11-04-2013 06:57 PM
BillV Have you seen the nano tanks of their in the clearance section? A 6.6 gallon and 14 gallon, $24 and $44 shipped? I was thinking those might be nice too, and you could probably run the finnex px360 or other filter with it. Any thoughts?
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