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Old 12-03-2012, 06:16 PM   #76
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Very nice! What plants did you end up going with in the terrestrial portion?
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:41 PM   #77
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Very nice! What plants did you end up going with in the terrestrial portion?
funny you should ask. i know there is a Nephthytis philodendron (pink plant on the right) and an alternanthera (one the left, next to the fern) which were the two i was looking for. the ones i also picked up, i have no clue. and the girl was running names off so fast, i forgot them....lol i do know that i have a hoya in there, only because mom, who has been a florist for 40 some years, gave it to me. how could i not put it in....lol there's also a dwarf creeping fig, a buttload of crypts (some rare) and a bunch of anubias.
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:47 PM   #78
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funny you should ask. i know there is a Nephthytis philodendron (pink plant on the right) and an alternanthera (one the left, next to the fern) which were the two i was looking for. the ones i also picked up, i have no clue. and the girl was running names off so fast, i forgot them....lol i do know that i have a hoya in there, only because mom, who has been a florist for 40 some years, gave it to me. how could i not put it in....lol there's also a dwarf creeping fig, a buttload of crypts (some rare) and a bunch of anubias.
Now why would that be funny? Definitely can't disappoint mother. Sounds nice, you're planning some orchids I see, any other ephiphytes?
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:01 PM   #79
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i have an epiphytic microsorium (java fern) species that is definitely a terrestrial epiphyte, some peperomia vines and a nice costa rican vine. that's the bright green vine with a red stem and the leaves look like umbrellas. there's another one in there somewhere, but i forgot where it is and what kind it is...lol

i actually meant that it was funny that you ask, because i knew someone was going to ask and i forgot the stupid names!!! LOL and i would NEVER disappoint mom
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:11 PM   #80
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i have an epiphytic microsorium (java fern) species that is definitely a terrestrial epiphyte, some peperomia vines and a nice costa rican vine. that's the bright green vine with a red stem and the leaves look like umbrellas. there's another one in there somewhere, but i forgot where it is and what kind it is...lol

i actually meant that it was funny that you ask, because i knew someone was going to ask and i forgot the stupid names!!! LOL and i would NEVER disappoint mom
Nice. Are you considering any bromeliads?

LOL, I hear you on that one, been there and done that. And I try my hardest to NEVER disappoint mom as well.
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:43 PM   #81
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no broms in this one. there are very few that are available from Madagascar, so i decided on orchids instead. but i do have a red eye tree frog tanks waiting in the wings. i have been working on background idea with Learner and i think i have something that will be mind blowing. that one will have a couple of neos in it.
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Old 12-04-2012, 02:11 PM   #82
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I've caught a few hints of something in the wings; sounds cool.
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Old 12-04-2012, 02:34 PM   #83
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It should be. And i know i've let some stuff slip, but currently, all i will say about that build is that it made it to the "build table"
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Old 12-04-2012, 09:43 PM   #84
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took some pics last night, adjusted the settings on my phone cam and i thin the colors are more true to life now. aslso the tank now has t5no 6700kk bulbs over it, versus the t5no 3000k bulbs it had previously:
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Old 12-04-2012, 09:51 PM   #85
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Pretty awesome stuff, Bill! I think 3000k's are too red and dim....you needed a better bulb!

I'm going to have to pick your brain when it comes to some of my "above water" plants!!

I would maybe suggest to move the thermometer??
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Pretty awesome stuff, Bill! I think 3000k's are too red and dim....you needed a better bulb!

I'm going to have to pick your brain when it comes to some of my "above water" plants!!

I would maybe suggest to move the thermometer??
I agree, the light sucked, i just hadn't gotten around to moving my fixtures around. I really want to go led, but haven't decided yet.

My brain is here to be picked, any info you need, is yours bud.

And the thermo is just there until i am 150% sure everything is stable. I have some yellow and tiger shrimp coming in. I still haven't decided on them or crs for the tank. I thought about just putting a breeding pair of crs in there. But now that i have 2 more breeds coming, i'm undecided.
And seriously Don, you tell me i need to hurry and finish, and when i do, it takes you 2 days to comment? Lol
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Well, I can't be on here ALL the time, now can I? People might think I'm strange, or something!

You took me off-guard! I didn't think that it would take you a few days to finish; one day your testing the rain system, the next you're done. I'M STILL WORKING ON COMPLETING MY SET UP AFTER TWO MONTHS!!!! You're done in less than a week?? Haha! You little stinker!!
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Old 12-04-2012, 10:33 PM   #88
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it was a Christmas Miracle and in all fairness, your set up is a LOT bigger than mine....lol
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Very nicely done! Now you didn't tell us what you used for substrate or aquatic or terrestrial soil. Do you mind sharing? Looking forward to seeing pictures when the plants are growing and the shrimp and everything is in. Love the fog effect (thanks for the idea LOL).
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ok, for soil, i used this :

it's a soil-less hydroponics growing medium. it has all the good stuff a growing plant needs, bat guano, worm castings, dried kelp, bone meal, and a few other things. it is high in perlite though, but it drains excepetionally. and yes, i used this under my aquatic substrate as well.

for the aquatic sub, i needed to think about it for a while. i needed something that would look good, and natural, so black was out. i also wanted something small enough that "if" a frog ate it, it could pass it. i chose red sea florabase. mainly because it is, for the most part, clay. after it absorbs water, you can crush it between your fingers, just like kitty litter. so i get a couple by products here, i get clay for the plants, especially the crypts, and if a frog does eat it (doubtful), it should be able to pass it.
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