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Old 05-22-2013, 12:22 PM   #31
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Plants are finally in, the waterfall is running and the substrate is seeded with springtails. I have an orchid order pending, that should arrive Friday and then eventually, I'll add some emersed bucephalandras along the waterfall and let them spread on their own. The moss mix for the background is currently brown and dead/dormant. Eventually, all the background should be covered in moss. As time goes by, apart from adding the residents, I'll add some more epiphytes. Hopefully, I can get some nice lemmaphyllum ferns or some microgramma, but all of those plans are dependent on the orchids, and how well those grow in.

I haven't quite decided what critters I should keep in the water. Since the crabs apparently eat fish, I think guppies should be safe. I was also thinking about cory habrosus or other small bottom dwellers. Who knows.

For now enough rambling. Here are some shots:





Brom wee willy


I'll update more later this week when the orchids are here. Enjoy, and as always, any comments or questions are more than welcome.
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Old 05-22-2013, 04:05 PM   #32
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Looks amazing!
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Old 05-22-2013, 09:19 PM   #33
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I can only say wow O.o!!

Btw that korean rock fern is soo awesome!!
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Old 05-25-2013, 04:09 AM   #34
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Orchid update

The orchids arrived today. I have to plant them, but here are some pictures

Pleurothallis grobyi


close-up



Haraella odorata



Barbosella handroi


close-up



Pleurothallis minutalis


flower of P. minutalis (crummy photo - sorry, I'm still learning)



Masdevallia brachyura


close-up



Pleurothallis resupinata


close-up



I'll see how I'll do with these plants. Once I figured out how to keep them happy more orchids will join them. Now just to plant them in the right spots.
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Old 05-25-2013, 05:03 AM   #35
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Great looking tank. I have always wanted crab tank and this makes me want one more
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Old 05-26-2013, 02:00 AM   #36
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Beautiful little jungle. The crabs will love it!
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So very gorgeous. Diggin the waterfall and....everything. Great job!
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Old 05-27-2013, 04:18 PM   #38
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Thank you all for the kind words . All the orchids are planted. I'll update tonight with a couple of FTS. This week the crabs should arrive so I am very excited.

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Old 05-28-2013, 06:49 AM   #39
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Default Build Journal - Geosesarma crabs (Vampire and red devil) updated with fts

So I need a few strong men to help me steal his tank while he's at work!

Lol j/k, great job! It's so wonderful to see you do this step by step! Now you should go plan a pico version of this for me , please? Lmao I want one too!
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wow very nice man!
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Old 05-29-2013, 02:58 PM   #41
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As promised, albeit rather late, here are some updated shots. I still need to figure out a good way to clean the front glass since the water fall splashes a lot. Also, it's very overexposed since I took the pictures hastily. I'll update with better ones probably tonight or tomorrow when the crabs arrive.

FTS:






orchids:




Dischidia is showing new growth :
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Looking good! Hope you enjoy the crabs!
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Thank you everyone for the kind words. The crabs have arrived and are currently hanging out in the holding tank. I'll take lots of pictures tonight.
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Old 05-31-2013, 12:47 AM   #45
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And they are here!

Cup of red devils:


Cups of vampires:


The vampires straight up went into hiding. The Red devils are definitely more active and are out and about so they were much easier to photograph.



Red devil munching on a wax worm






And a vampire checking me out. S/he seems rather sceptical


And enjoying a cricket


Two devils one with a worm, the other with a cricket


I am so excited to finally have these guys in after all this wait. Now to make sure that shipping went alright and then one of the species will be ready to move into the big tank once it's established. I am not sure yet which species I'll put in there, but if the vampires keep hiding like that, then I think I'll put the devils in the big tank since it'll be easier to keep track of hiding crabs in a smaller enclosure.
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