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40 Gallons of "South America"

Thought I would start a new thread for my vivarium, to share some more photos. Unfortunately, I wasn't diligent about taking photos during the build . . .

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Probably my favorite photo, despite the relative absence of plants:


Plant List:
Neoregelia ampullacea
Neoregelia ampullacea 'Bert'
Neoregelia 'Domino'
Racinaea crispa
Vesicularia montagnei*
Thuidium delicatulum*
Unknown moss sp. (multiple)
Riccardia sp.
Selaginella erythropus
Selaginella sp. (BJ2)
Selaginella sp. "Central Peru"
Selaginella sp. "Colombia"
Selaginella sp. "Colombia Sharp Leaf"
Dracula lotax
Pleurothallis allenii
Pleurothallis grobyi
Porroglossum dalstroemii
Begonia sp. "Pacto"
Elaphoglossum glaucum
Elaphoglossum nigriscens
Elaphoglossum peltatum
Microgramma lycopodiodes
Microgramma heterophylla
Microgramma vaccinifolia
Biophytum sp.
Cissus sp.
Marcgravia sp.
Unknown miniature vine
Peperomia emarginella
Peperomia sp. "Selby"
Philodendron 'Burle Marx Fantasy'

Tank:
40g Breeder Vertical Conversion

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1x MistKing Quad nozzle
2x 26W 6500K LED Spotlights
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How did you make the background?
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very nice.

32 gal planted amazonian-ish tank
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The background is mostly composed of Ecoweb glued to the glass with Gorilla glue. I know that silicone would have given a more resilient bond, but the Ecoweb pieces are quite rigid and have an interference fit in their current locations - they shouldn't budge much even without adhesive. Sheets / pieces of cork bark were also adhered to the glass with polyurethane foam.

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What fauna are you planning on? How did you get the moss the grow on the back like that? Buttermilk + moss?
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No fauna planned actually . . . maybe in the future though.

I blended some moss and painted the slurry on the background. I used to add milled sphagnum, but found that the moss slurry does just fine without it so long as it is kept moist. I also avoid "pest sphagnum" that way, as I find that the stuff returns to life more often than I'd care for.

I think there is some debate about whether buttermilk is even beneficial - I'm in the camp that doesn't see any value in it. The buttermilk just makes the tank smell rancid and serves as prime spawning grounds for mold. I've never had issues with trying to get moss to grow using the pure slurry method unless I inadvertently let it dry out.

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That looks gorgeous. How do well do these kind of set ups work long term?
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Well, I haven't had any for longer than a year, but I know that there are people who have had tanks going for many years - I think it's going to depend largely on fertilization method / routine maintenance. I don't have anything other than springtails in there at the moment, but I may add some isopods later. They should help break down anything rotting and their frazz is probably beneficial.
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your tank looks amazing! very nice selection of plants, where did you get them?
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Thanks, Voytek! I got the plants from various places, mostly from other hobbyists.
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Amazing work! Do you have a shot of the entire display?

Saw some of your other orchid species in the orchid thread, where are you growing the bulbophyllum maximum and dracula roezlii?

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Amazing work! Do you have a shot of the entire display?

Saw some of your other orchid species in the orchid thread, where are you growing the bulbophyllum maximum and dracula roezlii?
Thanks! I can take an updated FTS tomorrow but there is an older FTS in the very first post.

The Bulbophyllum maximum is being grown outside, although it will be on its way to a new home tomorrow. The Dracula roezlii is being grown in a vivarium - its leaves look fine for now, but until I move I won't be able to keep it as cold as it wants. Can't wait until I can fix that though as it's one of my favorite orchids.
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You got a lot of good grow in that 40 gallon tank.

Once the bulbophyllum maximum finish blooming, how would you mount it on the piece of wood you were going to use? I got a nice stump from tom that I plan on using but it doesn't look like there is much surface area to hold down any potting material.

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