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So a couple weeks ago i discovered the art that is vivarium and paludarium building. Needless to say I was quickly pulled in with all the beautiful builds so I HAD TO MAKE ONE!! So this past weekend i started the process to turn my 29 gallon tank into a viv. I'm trying to do this on the cheap, but thats not always easy to do, and I HAVE to HAVE some sort of a waterfall. :)

Couple things it must have for me to be successful-
1. At least 10 gallons of water
2. Waterfall of some sort
3. At least one amphibian
4. Great Stuff DIY background and shelf
5. Easy maintenance

Holding Tank for the fish while their new home is built

My plants and shrimp in a 5gal paint bucket
 

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The filter I selected will be a Tetra Whisper 10i. I hear these filters are fairly good and make good waterfalls. I'll hang the filter about 2 to 1.5 inches above the substrate.

Eco-Complete substrate


Eggcrate shelf measures 29 inches long and is about 5 inches deep.
(Note to self- Never get Great Stuff on your hands again!!)
 

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So I'm having a hard time with my false bottom and substrate. The eggcrate is sitting on 4 inch PVC supports. How do you keep the soil contained within the 'false bottom'
 

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I think I'm going to use small pots for plants and fill in the area with gravel and coco fiber or moss


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oh crap, you meant how to keep it on the eggcrate since there are holes? duh....i use weed blocker material.

ya know what Dan, i don't normally do this, but i am going to link you to another forum i belong to. i get asked so many questions on construction, that i did this thread as a "how to". maybe it will help you wrap your head around things
http://www.frogforum.net/vivarium-t...ion/19221-madagascar-mantella-paludarium.html
 

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If you are doing a paludariums a false bottom isn't a great idea I would do net pots mounted in GS foam to plant in. Your tank isn't big enough to do a large water and land area effectively. Check out my Borneo tank to see what I did. (I did have custom foam rocks made so a little different but you could easily build up foam in their place)

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Dry run. Had to shave some foam off to get a good fit. Still thinking about how to do the 'waterfall' or not. The pvc supports are 3/4 inch and sprayed with Krylon fusion, two coats. Each shelf will have a total of 5 legs to support it.
 

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NO MORE SILICONE AND COCO FIBER!!!
The Titebond III Wood Glue and substrate method is so much easier. The mixture appears to be darkening as it dries, but I might try adding some color to the mix when I do the DIY background later. Will do another coat after Thanksgiving. Only draw back to this method that I can see is it takes a long time for the mixture to dry. I hate waiting : )


 
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