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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-20-2017, 04:57 PM Thread Starter
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65G crazymans project

I have always talked about starting a project like this in the past but never did it. Well boredom while off on Disability and having materials laying around, got me busy.

The concept is a river bank, with a "high bank" cliff. I'll have it on a low stand to be a sort of indoor pond and living wall. I had a 65g sitting around which made a perfect starting point. So far I have built a skeleton structure of egg crate with styro insulation panels as the covering. I built in planters into the top of the structure where I'll have some marginal plants. Plus a wall about 2 feet up the back for orchids and air plants. Inside the tank, I'll have my equipment hidden in the back in the left hand chamber. I plan on using an eheim 2215 for filtration. The inlet will draw through the opening, and through bio balls behind the screen. My outlet will flow into an old AquaClear housing for a waterfall effect.

This is a constantly evolving project, if anyone has advice, I'm open ears. This is a first time project for me. I've read the methods well enough but never attempted anything.

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Thats awesome, I wish i had those materials laying around to make a project.
are you making a filter in the back?
and do you plan on carving/sculpting the cliff face too?
nice start, I think it will look great
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I'll be spray foaming it and sculpting from that. I need to build the main structure up the back first then see what I scheme from there.

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interesting, sounds good.
I saw that some people take weak small diameter plastic pipes an twist them a little bit, cover them in foam and make roots.
I have always wanted to try something like this too so keep up the good work
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interesting, sounds good.
I saw that some people take weak small diameter plastic pipes an twist them a little bit, cover them in foam and make roots.
I have always wanted to try something like this too so keep up the good work
Good idea for submerged roots. Trick for terrarium vines is organic hemp rope coated in silicone and covered in coco fiber/spagnam moss mix

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So the plan has changed lile 75%. I wasn't utilising my tanks properly and this will be torn apart and ideas and features, like filtration and basic structure. Going to lower it to have half the tank used so I can put a lid on it. Then it will be used to house a pair of Red Eyed Croc Skinks.

Plans are for submerged and emerssed grown crypts, and some other amphibious growing plants. Utilising roughly a 9-6 inch x 12 inch deep water feature in the front.

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I cant wait to see the outcome!
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