First Viv, 24X18X24 Exo in progress!

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Re: First Viv, 24X18X24 Exo in progress!

Postby scrubbydan » Wed Feb 15, 2012 9:02 pm

Okay I have some more recent updates of the tank! I got all the silicone/cocofiber in, and also the hydroton and ABG mix. Waited about a week till I put in the Hydroton and ABG in because the smell of silicone was in the air. You can now see where I replaced the Grapewood with the Malaysian Driftwood on the left side. I love the terraces I got from the change and the little log bridge turned out nice. Went through 4 bags of Hydroton and ABG, good thing I ordered more at the last minute.
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Re: First Viv, 24X18X24 Exo in progress!

Postby Philsuma » Wed Feb 15, 2012 9:08 pm

Great Hardscaping ! That bad boy is gonna look great planted and grown-in. What species are you considering ?

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Re: First Viv, 24X18X24 Exo in progress!

Postby scrubbydan » Wed Feb 15, 2012 9:09 pm

Here are a couple more shots.
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Here is the top, waiting for my "no seeum" to finish it up. All glass except for the little inch screen by the door frame.
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Re: First Viv, 24X18X24 Exo in progress!

Postby scrubbydan » Wed Feb 15, 2012 9:14 pm

I used aggots at the front of the Hydroton layer to spice it up a little!
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I also threw a couple on the sides since I would be viewing them as well.
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Here she is after I threw in my 3 different Selaginella's. Gave them a quick back in soapy water then rinsed thoroughly, (they seemed to like it!)

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Re: First Viv, 24X18X24 Exo in progress!

Postby scrubbydan » Wed Feb 15, 2012 9:17 pm

I wanna do some of the orange and black Leaucs Phil, pretty much set on those guys. Thinken just 2 of them would be a nice number.

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Re: First Viv, 24X18X24 Exo in progress!

Postby scrubbydan » Sat Feb 18, 2012 10:55 pm

Here are the pics after putting in all the plants I just recieved. I also threw in some springtails and the leaflitter. She came together pretty nicely and it feels great to just watch it now!
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Re: First Viv, 24X18X24 Exo in progress!

Postby Philsuma » Sun Feb 19, 2012 12:49 am

wow...that came out really nice. What are going to put in it ?

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Re: First Viv, 24X18X24 Exo in progress!

Postby scrubbydan » Sun Feb 19, 2012 9:26 am

Pretty set on a pair of Leaucs. Loven the orange/black ones and the yellow/black ones. I also liked the Tinc Patricias but i'm gonna see if I can get my hands on some Leucs first.

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Re: First Viv, 24X18X24 Exo in progress!

Postby scrubbydan » Sun Mar 18, 2012 11:14 pm

Here's some pics after another plant order. I added more moss, columnea carnival, ficus pumilia in the top corners and another ionantha. I moved the tillandsias higher and put a few on the branch at the top. The Springtails are successfully reproducing as well, because I finally saw a bunch on the Magnolia leaves towards the back! Oh yeah, I also broke down and had to order a MistKing system. I like the fine mist it produes and it's nice to be able to leave the viv alone longer. So far I have been doing like 8 mists a day. Most of the mists I have been doing are during the day and I do them for 30 seconds. 2 of those mists are just little 10 second bursts inbetween the longer ones and I only have one short mist during the night time. Still Playing with it though.
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Re: First Viv, 24X18X24 Exo in progress!

Postby scrubbydan » Sun Mar 18, 2012 11:24 pm

One more thing I had to purchase was a moonlight led. I bought the little R2 Moonlight led strip and it's the perfect size for the tank. There are still a good amount of completely dark spots in there, so I hope that will be dark enough for the frogs?
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Re: First Viv, 24X18X24 Exo in progress!

Postby Philsuma » Sun Mar 18, 2012 11:56 pm

Very cool...looks awesome. One plant I'd pull right now, is that ivy vine on the right...it will get to big and take up other plant's space....just my critical unsolicited opinon though..heh.

Keep up the good work...your frogs are gonna love it.

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Re: First Viv, 24X18X24 Exo in progress!

Postby eos » Mon Mar 19, 2012 4:39 pm

That turned out superb! I agree with Phil on the ivy, though. If you like how it looks, see if you can get some oak leaf creeping fig (ficus puimila var. 'quercifolia')... looks good when it covers the background.
Here's a little 5 gallon tank that is covered with it:
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Re: First Viv, 24X18X24 Exo in progress!

Postby froggin23 » Mon Mar 19, 2012 6:17 pm

Love how your tank looks. Awesome job...

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Re: First Viv, 24X18X24 Exo in progress!

Postby scrubbydan » Mon Mar 19, 2012 8:59 pm

I love the oak leaf creeping fig but the only place i've seen it is Black Jungle and they are out right now. I will definately replace it with that though it looks so cool!

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Re: First Viv, 24X18X24 Exo in progress!

Postby eos » Tue Mar 20, 2012 1:10 pm

Where are you located? Maybe a local frogger can spare a cutting for you?
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Re: First Viv, 24X18X24 Exo in progress!

Postby scrubbydan » Tue Mar 20, 2012 1:28 pm

Im in Forest Lake MN, haven't noticed any froggers out here yet!

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Re: First Viv, 24X18X24 Exo in progress!

Postby eos » Tue Mar 20, 2012 11:46 pm

I found some on ebay just FYI.
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Re: First Viv, 24X18X24 Exo in progress!

Postby scrubbydan » Fri Mar 23, 2012 5:18 pm

Oh yea! Black Jungle got some oak leaf creeping fig back in stock. I also had to order this cool looking Begonia https://blackjungleterrariumsupply.3dcartstores.com/Begonia-species-U496_p_1907.html, I mean i'm gonna pay the shipping anyways lol!

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Re: First Viv, 24X18X24 Exo in progress!

Postby eos » Fri Mar 23, 2012 5:38 pm

scrubbydan wrote:Oh yea! Black Jungle got some oak leaf creeping fig back in stock. I also had to order this cool looking Begonia https://blackjungleterrariumsupply.3dcartstores.com/Begonia-species-U496_p_1907.html, I mean i'm gonna pay the shipping anyways lol!


Sweet... yeah, every time I have to pay for shipping, I order more than I should to make me feel better. lol
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Re: First Viv, 24X18X24 Exo in progress!

Postby scrubbydan » Sat Mar 31, 2012 6:03 pm

Okay I think this is the last of the plants I will get for a long while so here are some updated pics. I had to get some rubber plants after I saw some pictures of how tall they get and learning they can support the weight of a lot of frogs. I also ordered another big brom and got the Oak Leaf Creeping Fig in of course. (pulled out all the ivy) Had a couple Ionantha Fuegos get too wet I think, and they just pulled apart.
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