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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-05-2014, 07:54 PM Thread Starter
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New Exoterra 36x18x36 build



Sorry the pic isn't the best, but this is my new terrarium. Most of the plants have only been in there a week or so, so I'm sort of expecting like half of them to die out and the other half to do OK. I'll see what works as I go.

Anyway, this is set up in an exoterra 36x18x36'' tank, which the good people at Fauna in NYC drilled for me. I ordered a bunch of awesome fake rocks from Vivariumworks, and the Fauna people also stuck them and the coco husk to the background.

Got a 10g sump under it pumping up to a small waterfall coming out of the rock on the left where the moss is. Two mist kings nozzles on it squirt for about 30 seconds on average every 3 hours.

I'll try to get some better pictures later, but I'd love some advice on some cool plants that would climb up the background. I don't think most of it will be moist enough for moss to grow.

Not sure what fauna I want to put in, so for now I've just got some little fancy shrimp in the water. Thinking about putting a cooling fan and some more UVB on the top and maybe trying Mexican alligator lizards.

Also, have one very odd plant in there the guy at the store couldn't ID. I'll post a picture of it later in the hopes of doing so. All the shop owner knew was that it was supposedly from Mexico.

Any advice/comments welcome! Did very little research into the plants I put in there, mostly just grabbed cool looking things (ferns mostly) from a plant shop I like.
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Fans?

Oh and through clicking on an ad above I came across these fans, which seem like they'd fit the open section of screen perfectly.

http://aquatek-california.com/cooling-fan-series/#4-fan

The question is, which should I buy? A block of 4 to put in the middle, 6 (maybe too much air flow?) or two blocks of 2 to put on the sides?

Any advice appreciated. Thanks!
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It seems like overkill for your purposes. I would think one fan would be plenty for circulation.
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It seems like overkill for your purposes. I would think one fan would be plenty for circulation.
Thanks--I'm actually looking to keep the temperatures low with the added lights, though, because Mexican alligator lizards don't like it to get up much past 80 ever, but still need UV basking spots.

I guess it's more of an issue of what would be too much airflow (like, blowing around plants to the point of damaging them, etc).
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