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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-23-2015, 06:43 AM Thread Starter
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50 gal breeder Viv

This is my first Viv construction. And I could not be happier with the final results. After months of research, I finally decided to build it. 2 months of construction. started out with artificial plants, i will replace them one at a time as the nurseries are still closed for their winter season.

So it is a 50gal breeder I had picked up from a friend, that was using it as a saltwater tank for 10 yrs. calcium build up had etched the glass. I cleaned it as best I could, but the haze was still there and visible when water filled. didn't know what to do with it, so I turn it in to a Vivarium for Fire belly toads. It has a false bottom 4" above the bottom glass. drainage layer under a thick of coconut fiber substrate. Found and prepared driftwood from a local river. Great stuff 3D background and a DIY carved foam board waterfall that hides a internal canister filter of a 10 gal aquarium. It has a 2/3 land 1/3 water ratio as fire bellies are semi aquatic. As it turn out it hold approx. 10 gal of water with washed and cleaned play sand and collected and prepared rock from the same river.
It is house four(4) fire belly toads at the moment, and will be adding another four(4) in a few weeks.Click image for larger version

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-23-2015, 12:18 PM
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Looks very nice! I've always loved vivs like this and have made a few myself over the years. The toads are going to love it

1 10 gal low tech planted tank. 1- 10 gal lowtech w/ diy co2. 55 gal lowtech planted tank. 20 gallon reef tank. 55 gallon paludarium for dart frogs. large exo-terra vivarium for madagascar giant day gecko. working on getting 65 gal brackish tank soon
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I agree it looks great and will look even better once the plants fill in.
My only 2 questions are, is the water access point to steep to get out of for them? because it looks like you have a sharp drop off?
is your canister easy to access?

oh just thought of another, on the background did you cover it with fiber or is it just cement/mortar covered?

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