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This was a recent project I did for an office setup. Due to its location I had to limit the gallonage of water to get engineering approval. So the land and water sections are completely seperated. The land areas are raised and supported with 1/2' pvc framing with eggcrate on top. This was covered with weed guard and edges foamed into place. The land substrate is a base layer 1" of ZeoSand, then a mixture of ADA Amazonia, Botanical Gardens mix, then topped with a thin layer of coir. The aquatic area is ADA Amazonia. The false bottom of the land area self drains back into a sump that serves for misting and auto top off. The 2" drains also house two waterproof dc fans that pump in cool humid air that keeps the glass from fogging up. Filtration for the aquatic area is overkill with a panworld 40 into a NuClear with a Purigen sock in the center. This then goes to a SCWD to alternate the flow from front to back on two different outlets. The auto top off is always on, on a trickle. There is a bulkhead in the overflow chamber at a max height that drains the water back into the sump so the water level is kept at a constant to avoid a dirty waterline. Tank is automated via a Digital Aquatics ReefKeeper Lite. There are three banks of 2x54w Icecap driven HOT5's. One bank is on 8 - 8, the other two 10 - 6. With all three fixtures on there is a par of 40 - 60 at the aquatic substrate level, so low light for the anubius, crytps, and hydrocotle. There are also dual foggers one for each side that come on a few times during the day to boost humidity and give a nice visual effect. All of the wood is locally collected manzanita and cork bark.

Empty tank leak testing.



Right and left sides of the dry area to show plumbing.





More pre setup photos can be seen in my photos.

First day setup. The moss mix of xmas, flame, and peacock, and anubius were all grown out for a few weeks prior to delivery.

Shot as you walk in the lobby.

(Sorry Cannot Find this Photo Anymore)

Full tank shot.



Now just time to allow things to grow and fill in. The tank was planted with alot of slow growers to keep maintenance to a minimum. I'll update later with a full plant list and some random close ups.
 

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Very impressive setup!

A plant selection and especially availability is always a difficult aspect of such arrangements. Some Tillandsias there look like of a succulent type and may not be as durable as expected. I like the use of other Bromeliads ( probably from the genus Neoregelia), but I grow much better small varieties, some with more vivid colour. I'm looking forward to some more pictures in time.
 

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Sorry forgot the tank dimensions. The tank is 72 x 24 x 30(t) custom built acrylic by Tenecor. Yes the stand was in the DIY thread and was custom made to match the office interior.

More plants are coming next week. I needed a few more of the mini neo's and the lowland nepenthes I wanted were out of stock.
 

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Very impressive setup!

A plant selection and especially availability is always a difficult aspect of such arrangements. Some Tillandsias there look like of a succulent type and may not be as durable as expected. I like the use of other Bromeliads ( probably from the genus Neoregelia), but I grow much better small varieties, some with more vivid colour. I'm looking forward to some more pictures in time.
Yes some of the Tillys may not fair well. There is a great deal of air circulation (fresh air) and the the top of the tank drys out in between waterings. But some may make it and some not. Its going to be a test and see. Some of them were pre grown during testing for a few weeks. One sp. didn't fair well at all. The others have done well and started to root already. One is even sending out a pup. Some of the others are fresh installs.

The Broms are all Mini Neos., Chiquita Linda, Eoz, and Wee Willy, the Eoz being the largest of them. The remainder to be planted will be Kelcy Lee x Aztec andWilsonia. As with any Brom coloration will be dependent on lighting. The ones nearest the top should color up nicely with time. I looked at quite a few of the different mini neos, of which there are alot to choose from, and the client and I settled on a grouping that would blend more then stand out. The Kelcy Lee x Aztec sp. should be the one that is more or less a focal point with its red/purple coloration that will offset well with the paintings and furniture in that room.

I'll upload more photo's in a bit and put together a plant list.
 

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Wow! That's beutifull! Any plans for some fish and/or critters?
Yes the aquatic area will have the general cleanup crew, a few oto's, a pair of dwarf puffers, and a bunch of shrimp. The main fish will probably be Embers but that hasn't been set in stone just yet.

Land area inhabitants are still being discussed. Aquatic animals will be in a few weeks. Land area after the New Year.

Holy freak that is awesome! Is that a mistking system?
Yes the misting system is from MistKing using 8 heads with the ZipDrip. Very silent system when setup properly.
 

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That's awesome. I have several of those mini Neo. bromeliads and I like them a lot too. I also wonder if, being wet enough for the emersed Anubias, the setup might be a little too damp for the bromeliads. I really like the layout of the branches. It will be fascinating to see what kinds of animals you get in there.
 
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