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izabella87 06-12-2012 04:38 AM

ProJekt X : Biotope/Paludarium
 
Hola... !!
So today I decided to make a new tank for a natural looking biotope (small fish maybe salamanders etc) and paludarium, plants and so on top.
Project is still in the beginning phases but tonight, I put together the aquarium itself and the light fixture.
Last time i built and aquarium, it took me a week, 3 times redone, a total silicon mess, called my apartment the silicone valley... but this time 1 hr, all glued up together :)

Dimensions of the tank i built are 76 long X 37 high and 37 deep. (in centimeters) equals to 27.5 gallons.

The light is 3 spotlight on panels that are 76 cm high.

I still need to repaint the light fixture and water test the tank itself. Get the plants, the hardscape, wash the hardscape...
But all is going according to the plan.. my vague plan hehe..

Here are a few pics !
http://img402.imageshack.us/img402/2143/img3467rt.jpg Inside
http://img688.imageshack.us/img688/3126/img3468p.jpg The side
http://img31.imageshack.us/img31/702/img3470pm.jpg Light
http://img36.imageshack.us/img36/9416/img3471yl.jpg Futur location

izabella87 06-13-2012 11:14 PM

Two days later... The set up, is up!
No fish or any other animal because it hasnt cycled yet.. but its DONE :)
http://img694.imageshack.us/img694/7341/img3477ln.jpg
http://img842.imageshack.us/img842/259/img3478nx.jpg
http://img13.imageshack.us/img13/5520/img3487qo.jpg
http://img26.imageshack.us/img26/8332/img3489f.jpghttp://img96.imageshack.us/img96/5892/img3485dl.jpg
http://img705.imageshack.us/img705/1898/img3484j.jpghttp://img542.imageshack.us/img542/7254/img3481t.jpg
http://img195.imageshack.us/img195/6436/img3483q.jpg
http://img62.imageshack.us/img62/9016/img3480a.jpg

crazydaz 06-13-2012 11:28 PM

Ooh! Lovely! It already looks mature and delish, and you did a great job constructing this Izabella!

Would you mind sharing your specs and species list with the masses?

izabella87 06-13-2012 11:32 PM

Sure, there are 3 tall ones which are Avocado trees I've grown from a seed.
At the extremities of it got coffee bean bushes (make coffee ;)).
There are a few tropical ferns near the edge of water.
In the water there is Java ferns.
And the driftwood and moss comes from local river.
There is clay as substrate and structure to whole the hill upright.

2in10 06-14-2012 12:04 AM

Very pretty and a wonderful design on the tank.

wetbizquit 06-14-2012 12:14 AM

wow very impressive, will you teach me how to build a light strucure? i also noticed that painting of that woman on your wall, do you paint? im an art major and its what i do for a job, that would be interesting to see how many aquamaniacs do art

izabella87 06-14-2012 01:20 AM

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Originally Posted by 2in10 (Post 1901510)
Very pretty and a wonderful design on the tank.

Thank you :D
Not bad for a girl hehe..
I was suposed to make a waterfall on the huge rock in the back but there wasnt enough water depth for my pump to bring it up. So i rescaped and put my avocado trees in the back.

izabella87 06-14-2012 01:22 AM

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Originally Posted by wetbizquit (Post 1901523)
wow very impressive, will you teach me how to build a light strucure? i also noticed that painting of that woman on your wall, do you paint? im an art major and its what i do for a job, that would be interesting to see how many aquamaniacs do art

Hi!
Thank you.
The light struckture. Very easy. Before i glued (siliconed i should say) the last piece of the aquarium, its top( glass pannel) I glued the base of the light structure on it then siliconed it to the side pannels. When it dried, I put the lights in place (its like a screw in system) 20$ light from Ikea !!!
For the painting. Yes its me. I also am artist. here is my website
www.visionaryillusion.wordpress.com
Hope to see some of your work :)

hydrophyte 06-14-2012 01:31 AM

Wow that is very nice.

izabella87 06-14-2012 05:33 AM

Made a few changes to give more space for futur fish
http://img138.imageshack.us/img138/7273/img3499vx.jpg
http://img525.imageshack.us/img525/333/img3502n.jpg
http://img826.imageshack.us/img826/2792/img3500l.jpg

HybridHerp 06-14-2012 02:52 PM

wait, did i read this right? there are avocado trees and coffee bean bushes in here?
...I want :P
what fish are you planing on keeping in this? I would've thrown in a random mudskipper request but pretty sure that they need a more brackish setup, aside from the fact that this thing looks way to cool to have to deal with that

izabella87 06-14-2012 03:41 PM

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Originally Posted by HybridHerp (Post 1902204)
wait, did i read this right? there are avocado trees and coffee bean bushes in here?
...I want :P
what fish are you planing on keeping in this? I would've thrown in a random mudskipper request but pretty sure that they need a more brackish setup, aside from the fact that this thing looks way to cool to have to deal with that

Yes Mudskippers, goby, rams, endlers and ottos. :D

The Avocados are super easy to grow, give them enough light and water !!

Thanks for encouragement !!

CmLaracy 06-14-2012 06:01 PM

I like this a lot, quite elegant. Always been a fan of emersed growth. The way in which you have this laid out reminds be of wabi-kusa, pretty cool.

crazydaz 06-15-2012 01:33 AM

How do you trim an avocado tree, Izabella? Constant pruning of a sapling will kill it eventually, no?

izabella87 06-15-2012 01:37 AM

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Originally Posted by crazydaz (Post 1903044)
How do you trim an avocado tree, Izabella? Constant pruning of a sapling will kill it eventually, no?

Mine stopped growing when it reached the sun(light) i think it will make leafs lower now.


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