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Soothing Shrimp 10-03-2012 09:40 PM

vivariums
 
Okay, not my vivarium, found it on the web when searching for cool ideas. BUT I am totally in love with this one!

Note the water area with I'm guessing the round pellia?

Anyone else thinking of doing a vivarium?

http://www.orchidboard.com/community...-full-view.jpg

Elppan 10-03-2012 09:47 PM

Oh what a neat idea, I LOVE that. *saves picture for idea pile*

Soothing Shrimp 10-03-2012 09:51 PM

I'm thinking it could be even more extreme with a running stream down to the water area.

Elppan 10-03-2012 10:09 PM

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Originally Posted by Soothing Shrimp (Post 2031437)
I'm thinking it could be even more extreme with a running stream down to the water area.

OHHHH SUUUURE add in more ideas to my quickly emptying wallet.... Hahaha

Soothing Shrimp 10-03-2012 10:24 PM

Someone has to! :p

FisheriesOmen 10-03-2012 10:59 PM

I'm thinking of trying it sometime. Although it'd be a while (wanna get fully settled into the Aquarium Hobby....if that's possible), my money is in the negatives as is with aquariums and now you're getting me back into reptiles!

ElBoltonero 10-04-2012 12:11 AM

Here's my 20G paludarium. Fire Belly Toads up on the land, cardinal tetras and dwarf cories in the water along with a few shrimp. The land is way more covered in plants now...a few aquatic mosses, a dwarf anubias and a small crypt that's grown out of control. In the water is whatever I can get to grow in my low-tech conditions. In the far back corner is a waterfall with a "water column" behind it...the canister output is in there, where it goes through a UV, and then passes by the heater, keeping them out of the tank. The second picture shows that (though I have a bigger canister now). The filter intake is PVC built into the construction with a large sponge on one side. The waterfall goes into a little pond (which has a little fogger in it on a timer, with a craft mesh cage so the frogs don't get hurt by it), which then flows down a little river along the front of the glass into the tank.

Construction was with thin plexiglas (for the water column), great stuff foam, and a LOT of black 100% silicone. Oh and some green craft mesh to cover anywhere the frogs may escape, including the area between the top of the waterfall and the glass. There's shale that lines the bottom of the pond and river, along with little chunks to form outcroppings in the waterfall. There's also two larger pieces siliconed in 2 of the corners, one above the pond/river to give more land area and plenty of shade underneath, and one just barely in the water in the tank.

It's on a counter between the living area and the kitchen, so designing it with as many viewing angles as possible was highly important. I'm really happy with how it's turned out, I only wish I had room for a bigger one. It's been going for over a year now with very few issues.

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphot...46016879_n.jpg

https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphot...35128956_n.jpg

FisheriesOmen 10-04-2012 12:24 AM

wow really nice! and love the pose of the frog in the first pic!

Soothing Shrimp 10-04-2012 12:35 AM

Is that Kermit singing It ain't easy bein' green? :p

Acro 10-04-2012 07:07 AM

You can see the ultrasonic fogger at work in the pic you posted Soothing Shrimp.

ElBoltonero, how do you regulate your ultrasonic fogger with the timer?

ElBoltonero 10-04-2012 11:28 AM

It's plugged into a light timer so it's on 15 minutes at a time every 2 hours. It's also plugged into a governor, like item K003 here - http://www.mainlandmart.com/foggers.html

The fog usually isn't that heavy, I think that was taken before I got it. It's still enough to keep the humidity in there high for the emersed plants...and the frogs don't need to go in the water for hours at a time if they don't want to.

BIG_Z 10-04-2012 12:31 PM

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dprais1 10-06-2012 07:28 AM

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Originally Posted by Soothing Shrimp (Post 2031422)
Okay, not my vivarium, found it on the web when searching for cool ideas. BUT I am totally in love with this one!

Note the water area with I'm guessing the round pellia?

Anyone else thinking of doing a vivarium?

http://www.orchidboard.com/community...-full-view.jpg


how would an animal get from the land to the water??

microw 10-06-2012 09:50 AM

I was thinking the same, looks like a good jump/climb to get in. Not sure if it's a different tank, but the tank above shows the ground being way higher. : )

Soothing Shrimp 10-07-2012 01:20 AM

May be for frogs?

BTW In honor of the new herp section here I added a fun RAOK. Check it out. :)


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