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post #1 of 128 (permalink) Old 05-22-2011, 04:30 PM Thread Starter
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My First Vivarium

I realize this is an aquatic plant site, but I figured I would share this with all the plant lovers out there! Besides, this is the Lounge so I can post (almost) anything I want!

After seeing vivariums online, I finally got to it and built one.

This tank is a standard 20g tank. Has a T5 and a T8 over the tank. The T8 has more of a red/green spectrum, making the plant colors pop. The T5 is a typical full spectrum bulb (sunlight mimic bulb)

It started like this:

At first I started with what I had, aquarium gravel.


It didn't have the right feel so the next day I replaced most of it with Eco earth, leaving a few inches of it for drainage.


The next day I went out in search of some moss...



I was happy, but it seemed lacking. So I did some research and got all the info I needed to construct a proper background.



Now I just need to be patient while the plants fill in!

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VERY COOL! Any idea's on the fauna? You did a great job on the background. I love the mos. It looks grown in already!


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Thank you! Yes the inhabitants will be Dart Frogs, though I haven't decided on which species to keep at the moment.
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I just had a spoonerism moment when reading the inhabitants list and now I am giggling like a loon. (i know its childish but it is funny all the same)

Thank you for cheering up my day
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Tank size?
Lighting?
Flora?
How much maintenance for a set up like this?
New to all glass cages in general so I will have a ton of questions!
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That looks really great! What did you use for the background?
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wow awesome man, good work..


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That looks really great! What did you use for the background?
Thanks. the background is a mix of coconut fiber and peat, which has been siliconed to the back. This will allow creeping plants and mosses to grow up the wall, creating an even better background in the future.

The lower parts of the background are wood piled in tiers with coconut husk for the plants.

I think someone asked for a plant list so here it is:

Star Moss Species
Creeping moss Species, possibly sphagnum.
Fissedens Fontanus
Glosso stigma
Hemianthus callitruchoides
Crypt parva
Hygro 'LowGrow'
Red plant, forgot the name.
Lysimachia nummularia L.
Pilea imperialis
Ficus repens
Some sort of Fern - REMOVED
And a few other random unknown plan clippings.


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Removed the Fern and replaced it with more Pilea 'Moon'
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Any frogs? Keep use updated.
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None yet, though I just setup a second Vivarium, with a water fall.

I need to Gass this tank first to kill any bugs that might be harmfull, then culture some flies, then frogs... all in due time!

As far as updates, the creeping ficus is filling in nice. I'll take some pics in a week or so to show off the growth.
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Do you have any kind of pump in there circulating the water?
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No in fact the soil soaked it up leaving almost no water in that spot. Moss is starting to grow in there a little so I'm just going to let the moss fill it in.

The second Viv I am working on has a water fall, powered by a pump and more water.
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It would be great to see pics of the other one through the set up process. Are you going use a barrier on the other one to keep the soil from soaking up water? I've looked into making one but there's not a lot of info out there on them.
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It would be great to see pics of the other one through the set up process. Are you going use a barrier on the other one to keep the soil from soaking up water? I've looked into making one but there's not a lot of info out there on them.
I'll PM you the place to get all the info you need

I did take some pics of the setup, but not very detailed. The reason the soil soaks up the water in this one is the barrier (false bottom) isnt large enough. The new tank had a much larger drainage area.

Here are a few pics for gee wiz, but its not done:




The tank has an incredible water feature that you can only really see in person!

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