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Old 11-27-2011, 03:05 AM   #16
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I made some fake vine last night. They need a second coat, and then they should be ready!



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Old 12-08-2011, 03:15 AM   #17
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Sorry, I haven't had time to do much on the tank lately.

Yesterday I got the second coat on the vines, and they look much better! I had some silicone peat mix leftover, so I did a spot on the tree just to see how it looked.
What do you think?



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Old 12-08-2011, 09:57 AM   #18
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very cool , it looks great!
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Old 12-08-2011, 11:05 AM   #19
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Very nice! I am going to put one together as well. I decided to go with a rip for my 55 and have been getting the wish list together. One of them is finding a stump to use in the tank. This is a great idea but man I can see it turning into a 2 month long debacle with me trying to get it done. Countless cans of spray foam and the mess involved, I cannot even fathom what I would cause to burst into flames if I attempt the vines. LOL Yeah, I'll buy a $50 stump and save a lot of potential harm. :-) Subscribed, I can't wait to see how this turns out.
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Old 12-08-2011, 02:24 PM   #20
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If I had the money, I would of payed $50 for a stump. But this way I can go slow, and build as I get the money.

It only took three cans of foam, and the pipe was all scrap so it was free!
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Old 12-08-2011, 02:25 PM   #21
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I forgot, the tank was free too!
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Old 01-14-2012, 03:06 AM   #22
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I am finally get back to work on the tank!!
For the most part the tree is finally done.



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Old 02-04-2012, 08:12 PM   #23
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Got the vent fan that goes in the tree done today.

The very important chair warmer.


I stared with a 4" PVC drain cover, and a PC fan. I used hot glue to hold it all together.


Next I glued in a plug, so if I ever need to remove the fan it's easy.


After a coating of silicone and peat moss, it will blend right in.


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Old 02-05-2012, 09:42 PM   #24
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I started on the vines for the tree today. I hot glued wire to the rope so when I binned it it keeps its shape. Strait pins are holding it in place for now.
Any ideas for making the silicone peat mix a lighter color?













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Old 02-06-2012, 01:54 AM   #25
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Instead of peat, you could maybe try some coconut/coir(?) fiber. sometimes you can find this for orchid mix, or in chunks for hydroponics. I'm not sure it would be lighter (I think so), but at the least it should be a different shade, which should differentiate it from the peat-mix that makes up the tree. It may be a bit more difficult to use.

I'd recommend some sort of sand, but that would look more like rocks and less like vegetation.

It looks like the rope you are using is braided- you may be able to stick the wire down the center (though, this could be difficult on the longer lengths),

btw, it looks really great, congrats
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Old 02-06-2012, 02:11 AM   #26
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A different shade is what I am looking for, so thanks for the idea.
I tried threading the wire though the rope, but there was no way it was going to go! So I used glue.
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Old 02-06-2012, 02:33 AM   #27
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So... I'm not understanding what the fan is for - would you please educate me?
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Now that I think of it, you may be able to use straight up sphagnum moss also. Even when wetted, it should look significantly different then peat moss, plus it would be easier to break the raw material up into smaller grains.

I'm worried that if you used the coconut fiber, it would end up looking like you just had a bunch of hairy ropes in your tank or something...

I have no idea how this would work, but you may be able to get away with using a sawdust from a 'safe' type of wood as well...
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Old 02-06-2012, 01:40 PM   #29
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I have some sphagnum moss, and saw dust is a good idea to, I will do some test.

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So... I'm not understanding what the fan is for - would you please educate me?
The fan will set in the top of the tree, pulling air from the bottom of the tank to the top. Air flow is very important for healthy frogs, and plants. For orchids good air flow is a must!
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Old 02-09-2012, 06:28 PM   #30
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The fan will set in the top of the tree, pulling air from the bottom of the tank to the top. Air flow is very important for healthy frogs, and plants. For orchids good air flow is a must!
Ah, that makes sense - thanks for explaining!
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