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Fishies_in_Philly 11-16-2012 12:12 AM

Madagascar inspired Mantella tank
 
so i wasn't sure if i should post this in this section, or under the herp section, but since i clicked this one first, i guess it's going here.

i'm currently in the middle of building a 40B mantella tank. since they are from madagascar, gotta go with that theme. this won't be a complete biotope, since terrestrials, other than orchids, from madagascar are rare in any hobby. so with some of the plants, i'm gonna have to wing it. that and i plan on having pseudomugil signifier (pacific blue eyed rainbow fish) and some breed of shrimp in the aquatic section, so the biotope goes right out the window there....LOL

so anyway, i started this a few days ago, and i wanted to wait until i got further along in the build before i started this thread, but all the cool new builds inspired me to start my journal. here's what i have so far:

i knew i wanted this stump that i have had around for ages to be the centerpiece. so i positioned it how i liked it and started building my egg crate around it:

http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/...112_185229.jpghttp://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/...112_185222.jpghttp://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/...112_185213.jpghttp://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/...112_185159.jpghttp://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/...112_185137.jpghttp://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/...112_185132.jpghttp://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/...112_185125.jpghttp://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/...112_185121.jpg

then i removed everything, and siliconed the sides and back of the tank for the great stuff to stick to.
http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/...112_190922.jpg

wrapped up some support pieces in weed blocker in order to keep my aquatic critters in the aquatic side and not go under the false bottom, die and foul my water:
http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/...113_191819.jpghttp://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/...113_191825.jpg

built this contraption to hold my ultrasonic fogger, then covered it in weed blocker. then put some stuff back in for reference. and this is where it stands until i can get to the hydroponics store this weekend for some mesh pots:
http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/...113_194556.jpghttp://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/...113_195021.jpghttp://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/...113_195341.jpghttp://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/...113_195336.jpghttp://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/...113_195312.jpghttp://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/...113_195307.jpghttp://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/...113_195211.jpg

the moss will be scraped off that stump and baked for like the 20th time before it gets installed permanently. next update, sunday (i hope...lol)

Kado 11-16-2012 02:15 AM

Nice work so far! Sub. :)

Wy Renegade 11-16-2012 09:05 PM

Nice! Following along on this one as well.

Fishies_in_Philly 11-19-2012 12:46 AM

ok, update time!! after i did the water testing, reconfigured a few things, and designed a rain system (more on that one in a later post), i got my equipment secured, terrestrial areas wrapped in weekblocker and got ready for some foam:

http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/...-18-17_552.jpghttp://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/...-18-24_236.jpghttp://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/...-18-44_168.jpghttp://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/...-18-47_967.jpghttp://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/...-18-58_783.jpghttp://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/...9-19-07_14.jpg


yes, that is a reflection of me and my 75g planted in the one pic. hey, i never claimed to be a photographer....lol

after that, i started foaming. then added a few pots for plants, and foamed some more. i will let this cure over night and then i should be able to complete the foaming tomorrow night. the easy part is done for mow.

http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/...-13-25_675.jpghttp://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/...-13-31_309.jpghttp://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/...0-14-40_10.jpghttp://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/...-14-42_278.jpghttp://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/...-14-49_863.jpg
http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/...-14-54_514.jpg

sorry there's not more. building a rain system was a bit more tricky than i expected, and still has to be completed, that will be in the next few updates.

btw...this was the stuff i purchased at the hydroponics store to make my "rain system" it's basically a hydro irrigation system, so to speak. implementing it is the difficult part, but i think i have it figured out.

LyzzaRyzz 11-20-2012 04:48 PM

Wow! Can't wait to see it come to life! Great ideas!!

Wy Renegade 11-20-2012 06:45 PM

I think you need to post a link in here to the other thread. Just a thought ;)

Fishies_in_Philly 11-21-2012 12:02 AM

good thought :) the continuation of this thread can be found here :
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=197838


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