Been Working Hard..

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Been Working Hard..

Postby trendkill » Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:42 pm

..stuff's getting serious over here. :D This is my first ever viv with a DIY background. So far, so good..

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Plants are arriving.. they should all be here, sterilized and ready for the viv by early next week..

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Thanks for looking.. I'll update more as I go. :mrgreen:

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Re: Been Working Hard..

Postby Philsuma » Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:46 pm

Nize ! Love the half-side walls !

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Postby trendkill » Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:59 pm

Thanks! I was thinking I would regret doing the sides, but nope.. I'm very happy I did.

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Postby Philsuma » Fri Nov 16, 2012 10:03 pm

your frogs will thank you for it. They will be bolder due to the 'shadowbox' design.

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Postby dynekevin » Fri Nov 16, 2012 11:25 pm

looks great!
did you spray paint the sides?

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Postby Philsuma » Fri Nov 16, 2012 11:29 pm

I really hope she didn't.....looks like black contact paper - the only way to fly.

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Postby trendkill » Fri Nov 16, 2012 11:35 pm

It's actually gloss-finish acrylic paint. 4 coats with a quality paint roller.. turned out great. :) I thought about using contact paper.. but couldn't find any with the "finish" I wanted. It was all too glossy or too flat.

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Re: Been Working Hard..

Postby dynekevin » Fri Nov 16, 2012 11:56 pm

either way, it looks fantastic!
Im excited to see it all planted. What type of frogs are you planning on?
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Postby trendkill » Sat Nov 17, 2012 12:26 am

Thanks! Either a pair of cobolt tincs or a pair or trio of green and bronze auratus. I can't make up my mind. :)

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Postby RanaVenenosa » Sat Nov 17, 2012 9:37 am

Your viv is turning out great! Good job Nicole
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Re: Been Working Hard..

Postby trendkill » Tue Nov 20, 2012 2:29 pm

Still waiting on a few more plants.. but here's what I've done so far:

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I might rearrange the floor a bit.. I have a nice brom coming that needs to fit in there somewhere. It's not as crowded as it looks in the photo. More soon. :)

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Postby joneill809 » Tue Nov 20, 2012 3:04 pm

Very nice blend of textures! I like the depth you have created.
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Postby Rusty_Shackleford » Tue Nov 20, 2012 4:38 pm

Nicole your viv is coming along very nicel!!! I wanted to ask you what those little round cups are on the bottom of the tank?
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Postby trendkill » Tue Nov 20, 2012 5:00 pm

Thanks! Jon.. Those are "Jungle Pods": https://blackjungleterrariumsupply.3dca ... p_698.html

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Postby RoadRunner1083 » Tue Nov 20, 2012 5:21 pm

very nice! What are those pinkish/redish plants you have near the top, and where can I get them?
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Postby trendkill » Tue Nov 20, 2012 6:39 pm

They are "Ruby Star" cryptanthus (Cryptanthus bivittatus 'Ruby'). I got mine from www.tropicalplantz.com

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Postby RanaVenenosa » Tue Nov 20, 2012 9:48 pm

trendkill wrote:They are "Ruby Star" cryptanthus (Cryptanthus bivittatus 'Ruby'). I got mine from http://www.tropicalplantz.com


I use these in several vivs and if they get enough light are both beautiful and hardy. They also grow slow so your viv isn't taken over within months.
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Postby Philsuma » Tue Nov 20, 2012 9:50 pm

Clean those nut-pods really well and then use black aquarium silicone to coat the inside and they will hold water really well and last a long time.

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Postby trendkill » Wed Nov 21, 2012 7:02 pm

Not a whole lot different from yesterday.. did add a few plants and another cocohut. Moved the microgramma down.. the light was hurting it a bit I think. I have two 12watt jungle dawn LEDs on this viv and they are super bright. I'm hoping it will be happier in the shadier spot. Also got a better at photographing the viv.. it's difficult to get the lighting to look right!

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Still waiting on a ruby lips brom for some more color and a tillandsia. Hoping it wont get too cramped.

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Been Working Hard..

Postby dtfleming » Wed Nov 21, 2012 8:13 pm

Looking good, a couple more broms will do well. Then let it all grow in
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