So because of knm<>< and thier viv thread which brought up darts (which I've loved since I was a child but never considered owning).. I'm now going to try to make my first vivarium! Its going to take a while to get everything and put it all together but I hope to have it setup spring time or shortly after spring starts.
Before I started buying supplies I did a quick 'test vivarium' with aquatic plants to transition to emersed form.. so far so good (not prefect) so I'm leaning heavily towards setting up a vivarium only using plants that are aquatic but can grow emersed. Hoping to try ug, hc cuba, swords, and more! I hope to add 2-3 males and 1 female Dendrobates Azureus
, they are just so stunning!
Here are some photos from the 10g 'test tank' plants, the are just on top of leftover clay media from aquaponics and I'm currently using a marineland led 6700k light on a 12 hour timer.
Plants tested include:
Anubais Nana var. Petite
Buce (sp unknown)
Hydro sp. Japan
Ludwigia (sp unknown)
I'll probably move the 20g long (shown above) and put the 40g in its place... though I'm also considering setting the tank up by the couch where we watch tv.. not sure yet. Will have a water feature.. as I need one coming from a aquarium background, hope to make a gentle waterfall (more like a trickle from the pumps power at 3' head) over driftwood which will guide the water down into a small pool. Going to use the more boring driftwood from the 20g and the dry one that are straight for the background.. probably fill in gaps with great stuff and either make a few tiny pools or planter baskets in there.. not sure yet. Lid will either be glass with hindges and some screened vent holes or mostly screen with lexan laid over top to keep the humidity in.
And now.. the huge supply list.....
Tetra 40g breeder ($40 at Petco $ per g sale-giftcard ($10)=$30)
(redoing tank seams-if you've seen a tetra tank you'll know why) GE II door and window clear using leftover no cost (original $6)
DIY by husband- possibly pine, stained and urethaned ($?)
(not decided.. probably) 3x cfl 13 watt 6500k + 3x clamp on reflectors (scavenged from another tank, no $ (originally $30))
Ghostwood (leftover/scavenged from other tank no $ (original $40 worth)
Great stuff caps and cracks 16 oz ($4)
Fibreglass screen $7g
Atlanta Botanical Gardens mix (7g ($42-ouch))
Black Diamond 'sand' or aquarium gravel (leftover (original $8 or 20))
Egg crate (using leftover from another tank no $ (original $15))
False bottom supports:
cut scrap pvc pipe no cost (original $?)
1/2" Bulkhead kit ($9)
7/8 od 5/8" id 10' clear tubing ($9) and reuse siphon tubing (under 1/2" od 6' long) ($?)
10g (had-repurposed (original $10))
Bio media leftover no $ (original $?) Foam/sponge media ($14) (still need to grab)
Aquatop pump 105 gph (got for cost of shipping $7 (original $35-had to buy with tank))
Eheim Jagar 75w heater (scavenged from aquarium no $ (original $23))
Aquatic Life 50gpd ($40)
8x10" glass sheets to convert 10g tank to sump x3 ($6)
1/2" Glass diamond drill bit ($12)
1/2" pvc ball valve ($6)
1/2" pvc female adaptor x2($3)
5/8" x 1/2" nylon barb x mip elbow x2 ($3)
1/2" 10" pvc pipe (4$)
STILL NEED TO FIND:
Temp and humidity sensor (DHT22)
Misting system (Mistking?? would rather not
be in triple digits for $ though...)
Quiet fans for vents on lid
Raspberry PI program (and other components (ribbon cable etc)) to turn on/off misting, fan, heater, lights)
Happy to take input for the things in the "still need" section! Or anything from the upper list.. or something I may have missed! Have everything on there (excluding the "Still Need" section obviously) except the filter media foam as of today ^^
Damn that's a lot of stuff!! And I've not even gotten into the flora, micro fauna, or frogs and supplement/culture supplies yet x.x I don't even want to pull out the calculator to see how much $$ I'm throwing into this..
Photos of current sups acquired.