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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-13-2008, 05:29 PM Thread Starter
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A few basic questions

I have found myself in a position were I need some help, please.
I have just built a new tank that was intended to be used as a planted fishtank. The tank was designed to fit in my upstairs lounge but as my house is over 100 years old I am worried about the strength of the upstairs floor boards.
On this basis I have decide to utilize the tank to keep something different that wont require the tank to be filled with water.
I would like advice on heating, lighting, decor & of course inhabitants but first can I show you what i have got to work with.


the tank measures 100 x 500 x 600cm high but I have space to extend the height depending on misting, lighting equipment?
I would like to set the tank up as a tropical rain forest, I fancy a automatic rain system fed from a reservoir, I have loads of lighting available from tubes to metal halide. The plants are very important to me, I really want the tank to look good, full up with healthy live plants.
Whatever animals go in the tank I would like to be very small, I would rather a lizard than a frog but I do need advice?

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-13-2008, 06:50 PM
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I don't have any specific information to offer you, but I just want to say that while you wait for answers here, you should check out dendroboard.com, which is all about vivariums and terrariums. It's like the planted tank, but geared almost entirely towards amphibian and reptile environments.
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Check out this thread posted by @[email protected]:
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/vi...terrarium.html

Very nice set-up you have BTW....


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Thanks guys but I think I am more interested in the plants than the frogs, do you think I can try & fill out the tank with the sort of plants we are more familiar with & grow them immersed?
I was thinking about planting loads of HC in the foreground, moss on the sides & maybe a sword or two as centerpieces?
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Quite a few aquatic plants do very well growing emersed. In fact one recommended way to grow HC is to start it emersed, and when it is established well, fill your tank to immerse it.
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So I have set up the tank with a sump underneath, I fitted a small pump in the sump that feeds water to the pond area & overflows back. I have connected the other tank drain in the dry area of the tank so that will take any excess water back to the sump as well.
I have fitted a 100w heater in the sump & 3 x tubes above the tank - sounds good well maybe but it dont work! All I can see on the front glass is condensation!
I guess I need some form of warm air directed on the glass?
PS I joined dendroboard but no one has answered my pleas for help!

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I have been giving this some thought! I understand how condensation forms on the inner glass but short of equalizing the room & tank temp how can I achieve a humid warm environment without condensation? Would double glazing work?
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airflow over the glass pane inside of the viv would stop condensation from occuring. look at an exo-terra. thats one of the features that air goes in the vents in the black plastic which are angled upwards, so the air goes along the front pane.

try looking on vivariumforum.com
they are really helpful.

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