Bump...............Anyone got any advice for me?
Yeah I have given it a lot of thought and the wife and I are talking about moving in the near future so I will probably live with what I have now and upgrade at that time. I knew when I started this tank that a sump would be best. I think I am going to upgrade the lighting for now and by the time I move and have to tear down this tank I will have had got enough use out of it that if I crack it trying to drill it I won't be as upset.Do you have to do a full tear down to apply the things you've learned and think you can do better? Maybe a partial tear down? It would be a shame to tear down such a beautiful tank, but I can understand the need/want to start over.
You kidding me?!? No need to apologize thank you for all the info!Looks good! Couple of things I've learned from my similar projects:
- An automatic mister is one of those things that (unless you diligently hand mist and keep the humidity high) will make the moss growth better
- The crabs actually don't need much water
- If you go with more water, hiding the heater in the water works well to control humidity through evaporation
- Lighting is key, and keeping a good spectrum high intensity light also is needed for moss growth. Moss likes more light than you think
- Not sure about the sump, can't say if the glass would crack, but with such a cool tank, I wouldn't risk it. If you're tearing down, I'd go with an exoterra next time for the terrarium aspect, and convert this tank to a full riparium or paludarium but centered on the significant water part
- If you're going with water/land separated paludarium in the future, know that your silicone seal will break eventually flooding the land part
- No waterfalls without algae!
- I'd incorporate tree fern panels into the walls rather than smear the clay with moss mix directly. Not only are there fern spores in the tree fern panels that will sprout eventually, but also can you add moss much easier.
- Hygrolon is nice, not worth it in my opinion
- Think about building the project in such a way that you can always get to all hardware, and that it's removable.
- Finally, understand that this is a time-limited set up and everything will eventually fail. It's just how it is sadly, and nothing can be done about it.
- and finally on the crabs, bicolors are much tougher to keep/breed than red devils. Also, the devils will show themselves a lot more. I've bred/kept both and the red devils are hands down much more fun as animals
Sorry for the sermon. Keep it up!!
Thanks! I was looking through this thread and realized how much everything other than the moss has grown in. If I could get the moss on board I would be a lot more happy with this tank. Moss is so frustrating!Looks pretty dang nice
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Thank you very much......but you're never to engrossed to hit like :wink2:I've been too engrossed in watching what you're doing to comment or even hit "LIKE." That's a good sign I would say. It's awesome, IMHO.
Bump: Me too!! I am fascinated by the whole thing and a bit jealous, too.