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Mike's 45Column Vivarium(56k Warning)

So, I started this project a few months ago to keep a thumbnail species (aka extremely small) of poison dart frogs. However, money got tight so for right now the only inhabitants are springtails (little white bugs that eat mold and thrive in high humidity environments).

Anyhow, here is how it looked in the beginning:


It then progressed into this:


And finally, here we are today:

The driftwood waterfall is covered in riccia, as well as some of the soil, along with frogmoss to the right.

Here's a view up the waterfall:


Bromeliads sprouting pups:


My favorite bromeliad (It was ugly and half dead when I got it, now it has this awesome blood red color)


Masdevallia pyxis orchid sprouting new leaves:


Another favorite brom, this one holds a ton of water and would be great for the frogs to raise tadpoles in:


View of the whole vivarium, looking up from the small pond section:


Who says dead moss won't come back to life?




And now, for the best part.... the fog machine.



After several minutes the misty fog begins to settle and gives the vivarium this really awesome evening effect:



Well, that's my little vivarium (And the reason I'm coming back to freshwater after a long hiatus into the reefing world.)

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-01-2009, 10:56 PM
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Awesome! This really makes me want to set up a viv.

What did you use for the background? It gives a nice natural effect, like the base of a tree or something.

Whenever you get frogs, I'm sure they will love it in there.

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Thanks!

I made the background myself, it's just expanding insulation foam, cured for a few days, then smeared with black silicone and cocofiber pressed into the silicone.

The best part is, after the bromeliads take root (They're strong enough to root through the foam. Hell, the big one next to the waterfall has roots going through the driftwood) You can take out any supports (I use bamboo chopsticks in a V shape) and their roots hold them up in place.

Heres a picture of the background before the silicone/dirt process:
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Oh yea, and I pressed some cork bark flat pieces and tubes into the foam before it hardened.
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Nice. Please put some frogs in there, they'd look AWESOME and They'd be extremely happy.
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