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Old 09-25-2013, 04:24 AM   #106
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Your paludariums are absolutely gorgeous!
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Old 09-25-2013, 08:11 AM   #107
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Old 09-25-2013, 10:28 PM   #108
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This image reminds me of a cage in Jurassic Park... possibly for velociraptors
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Old 09-29-2013, 10:30 AM   #109
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Well done, sir!
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Old 09-30-2013, 11:59 AM   #110
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Thank you

The Trap Pump

The hatch is made to conceal the pump. More importantly, letting the water but not the sand, the entire range acts as a natural filtration ... The pump draws the inside which is then re-sent on plants and decor via the system perfectly clean rain water.


Made of polystyrene, holed four sides and insulated with felt, the pump draws filtered by sand island water without risk of suck up sand.




Then, creation of camouflage hat.



The frame is made of polystyrene topped with a small square of felt, coated with acrylic sealant, and encrusted with sand.




The hatch in place covered with sand on the edge to hide the ends.

The pump hose is when to him camouflaged as wooden branch.
I recovered the bark that I surrounded and silicone to the pipe.



It was then vegetalized like traditional branches with the mosses to blend perfectly with the rest of the decor.

Besides, you had probably not noticed on previous pictures ...



This "branch" has become the support of the small fern "Polypodium vulgare."

Ultimately, it is the only artificial part inside the tank,
with technical elements (pumps, foggers etc ...).
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Old 10-02-2013, 02:17 AM   #111
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Very cool update! It's such a unique and cool build, and I love the behind the scenes details.
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Old 10-04-2013, 07:59 PM   #112
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How do you create the rain drops? It is beautiful and inspiring, well done. I highly recommend Vietnamese mossy frogs.
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Old 10-05-2013, 07:17 AM   #113
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Thank you to you

For the rain, I have not wanted to clarify its operation for the moment.
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Old 11-20-2013, 11:43 AM   #114
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Smile Re: Island Paludarium 360 A to Z - 2nd Month

Evolution of Vegetation - 2nd Month

Two months have passed since the installation of the plants. It was good to do a little state of play.

Vegetation grows perfectly from the beginning I was pleasantly surprised to see it particularly adapted quickly.

The principle of planting (the moss) that I experienced in this project (for all plants) works wonders, the rain did its job perfectly, and I did not need to intervene since.

The need for action and the regular addition of water, because although the tank and the ceiling are "almost" sealed (very little moisture or heat from escaping into the room), ventilation reinjected into the tank, the hot, dry air from the gallery lighting "almost" closed circuit. Despite the paludarium to need about 30 liters of water added weekly. (no, there are no leaks, I have checked). ^^




Climatic conditions inside work perfectly, and the lighting (LED High Power) also participates in large part to the success of this proliferation.




Climbing plants (Ficus, and Vanilla) rises pierce the light.







The Lebermoos begins to well invading the rocky edge of the island.




The proliferation of micro-algae in the water by the passage of the sun in this season will change once more the uniformity of sand. But this is not a bad thing the contrary is that more natural. (However, the water remained perfectly clear, even if a slight green tint the color now).









Java moss to extend here and there inexorably.





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Old 11-20-2013, 08:37 PM   #115
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absolutely stunning.
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Old 11-21-2013, 09:01 AM   #116
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Old 11-21-2013, 09:09 PM   #117
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Just amazing!
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Old 11-22-2013, 12:06 AM   #118
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wow wow wow wow! This scape is so fun to look at! Great stress relief. Amazing job. Maybe I missed it but besides a shrimp and snail any plans for additional fauna?
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Old 11-22-2013, 11:49 AM   #119
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Thank you

I do not think putting animals in the end, I prefer to leave it as it is, the animals require too much attention.
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Old 11-30-2013, 03:56 PM   #120
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I absolutely love your viv.
I have an island paludarium in a hex tank, but yours wins by far!
Reading your translated write up is super fun; the diction and word choices add to the mystique.

You could add some neon tetras to the water, and they would be able to forage well, only needing feelings every several days.
Does the top open easily, or do you have to lift the whole hood off?
And let me know when you stop being so secret-like about your rain maker. I'd like to hear about v1 and what you did to make v2 better.


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