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Jan 30th 2011
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OK I know another Journal, but this will be the first one here for a Terrarium.
Question what to do with a good well cared for 45lt Bay window tank, which has in my opinion a fantastic Asian painted base.
I realized I would not get very much if I sold it.
What to do?
Power outlets a huge problem practically fully loaded as it is.
That means another tank is out 110% and no discussion entered into.
I was thinking of a Terrarium type but which way to go I did not want any water in it at all.
One thought was a dry river bed type?
General type Terrarium but that's not too plain ( I once had a 4ft x 2ft x18ins Terrarium)
After a lot of Googling I found this.


This started the old brain thinking again

This is the starting point.
It could be rather difficult to draw up this time, so here are my thoughts.
The substrate is a mix of Perlite, Peat Moss, and a special blend of potting soil.
The backing and the two sides (not the Bay Windows) will be the artificial rock wall type as for Aquariums.
I know where I can get twiggy Grape Vine at a good price, this will glued to the backing as if growing on a cliff face.
The focal point 1/3rd from LH side and 2/3rds from the front will be another golden vine type.
On the substrate there will be several pieces of very old rough DW to give me at least two levels.
Plants lower level will be mainly small low "Carnivorous type"
The rock wall and the twiggy bits will all have "Air growing plants"
OK what about lighting??
I can get a twin T5 2ft unit from a Hydroponic shop no problems at all
How does all this sound????
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I found this backing at a small LFS/pet shop only $13 to hard to resist.
It is not exactly what I was looking for as what I was wanting extremely expensive and possibly Internet buying only (sight unseen).
What I intend to now is brush an adhesive over the board and sprinkle a fine layer of a 1mm mixed natural river stone substrate.
I contacted Selleys (adhesive manufacturer) and he recommended the "Exterior PVA Aquadhere" would do the job perfectly.

The cheap Styrene Foam backing.
Fixing it to the back glass of the tank easy "Selleys Liquid Nails" Mirror-Metal-Glass.
There are two basic ways I can have,
1 Fixed straight on to the glass
2 Fix it so that it has a slight slope (drawing full size)
The reason for the slope would be there will be several "Tillandsia" living air plants glued to the backing and will occasionally require a misting to freshen them up and use a liquid fert.

Which is the best to use?

This is Spanish Moss it will also be draped over the backing and parts of the Driftwood.
I would certainly appreciate any constructive criticism.

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