120 gallon Ghostviv Red Galact build

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Re: 120 gallon Ghostviv Red Galact build

Postby joneill809 » Sat Dec 13, 2014 12:20 pm

Some shots from the grow out tank...I've pretty much left the group to self manage, and I've only pulled tads when someone asked for some froglets. I spotted a free ranging froglet in the 120 last night which was neat to see. Here are the ones I have in grow out - I enjoy seeing their transformation from orange to red:
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Re: 120 gallon Ghostviv Red Galact build

Postby joneill809 » Tue Dec 16, 2014 12:39 am

Got motivated to clean up the 120 this weekend. I decided that I liked the carpet of Episcia "Silver Skies" so I removed the fern and overgrown Peperomia caperata and transplanted the larger sliver skies to the back of the viv. Two gallons of fresh leaf litter and some training of friendship pilea later I had a new layout:
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Here's a close up of the floor and the silver skies that has taken over. It has been staying pretty low, so I just moved one of the really big plants back and scattered some of the runners in the openings created by the removal of the fern and pliea. It's a bit leggy now but in a month it should be filled in:
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I also have a lot of silver skies growing epiphytically (which I think is one of the coolest features of the viv):
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Here's a close up, with a flower on the right (seems like the post is cutting off the image so you may have to click on it to see the full bloom):
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One of my three original African Violets is doing really well (one didn't survive a transplant, and another got overrun with pilea but is recovering):
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I'm getting some nice new growth on an orchid - it's right up front growing down parallel to the glass:
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The left side is a work in progress. I have been transferring cuttings of friendship pilea to this compound log with the hope of getting a nice thick covering of pilea over time. I suspect it will be a few more months before I get it to where I want it, but here's the start of the process:
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I've left an extensive deposition area since they have been fairly consistent breeders. There are usually 6 to 10 tadpoles in the pool at any given time. Here's part of the pool:
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And some tadpoles:
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And the froglet made an appearance - first on the floor:
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Then on the left halfway up a log;
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They really get annoyed when I poke my head in the tank:
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But sometimes they pose nicely - I like the contrast with the sliver skies:
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Re: 120 gallon Ghostviv Red Galact build

Postby Dendro_Dave » Mon Dec 29, 2014 11:58 am

Looks great, If you ever get an extra calling male drop me a line (Hopefully, I'll have some cash). Mine seem to be all females, or gay. Which is fine, I respect their life choice... but I want grandchildren :)
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Re: 120 gallon Ghostviv Red Galact build

Postby joneill809 » Mon Dec 29, 2014 2:38 pm

Thanks Dave! I wish I could get a count on M/F but I basically see a few red frogs, hear calling from the depths of the viv, then tadpoles magically appear out front. Occasionally we see a spat break out between two males who go tumbling across the viv them disappear into the shadows :) They are a bit reclusive, and this time of year they essentially disappear when the temperatures drop. I suspect I have to button this viv up a bit more to push the temps higher (~70F during the day, maybe a degree cooler). They seem to prefer the heat of the summer. Anyhow I'll keep an eye out for an extra male...now catching it would be the real challenge lol.
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Re: 120 gallon Ghostviv Red Galact build

Postby Dendro_Dave » Tue Dec 30, 2014 3:32 pm

joneill809 wrote:Thanks Dave! I wish I could get a count on M/F but I basically see a few red frogs, hear calling from the depths of the viv, then tadpoles magically appear out front. Occasionally we see a spat break out between two males who go tumbling across the viv them disappear into the shadows :) They are a bit reclusive, and this time of year they essentially disappear when the temperatures drop. I suspect I have to button this viv up a bit more to push the temps higher (~70F during the day, maybe a degree cooler). They seem to prefer the heat of the summer. Anyhow I'll keep an eye out for an extra male...now catching it would be the real challenge lol.


Well those are good problems to have I guess ;). I've had 2 groups of 4+ red galacts and never heard calling. Sadly the OK ice storm took out the first group. The new one is several years old, but nothing... They are pretty much my white whale at this point.

I get the impression they are more heat tolerant then many others. Can't be sure but I just don't worry about them as much as some others when I have a brown out or the ac can't keep up.

Thanks, I'll cross my fingers and try to save some cash just in case ;)
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Re: 120 gallon Ghostviv Red Galact build

Postby joneill809 » Mon Feb 16, 2015 12:33 am

Well the 120 Ghostviv is getting a refresh. I had two problems. First, slugs AND snails. The hunt and squish method did not work, so I got fed up and ripped everything out. They had really gotten after my plants and especially the orchids. Second, I was tired of not seeing frogs. The galacts were just nowhere to be seen. I seriously began to wonder if they had gotten stuck and died somewhere, but as the tear down went along more and more turned up...this was the first pass...:
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A few more turned up when I started poking around the crevices in the cork. I can't believe how many frogs were in there, and I didn't manage to see one adult for the past three weeks! We did spot a few juvies here and there. They are in a temp tank now, and the 120 will get a reboot as a Robertus display tank. After a few hours of clean up, it looks like this:
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Now I'm off to pickle some snails. I'm going to use an alum bath which should nail the little buggers once and for all. I used to do this to kill aquatic snails in my planted tank days and I'm hoping it works here. I mostly want to salvage the african violet - most of the other plants were cuttings from my other vivs so no big deal. I'll post on how it turns out.
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Re: 120 gallon Ghostviv Red Galact build

Postby joneill809 » Thu Feb 19, 2015 10:26 am

I finished up the cork modifications last night. I was trying to make the viv more large tinc friendly for the Robertus so I added some sloped flats that I tried to make look like a root structure. I put in a new false bottom and cork bulk heads on the front of the false bottom.
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Root structure from the right looking left.
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Root structure from the left looking right.
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Close up of the round on the left. I modified the opening to better prevent access inside the round. I should be able to use this as a planter.
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I have one more gap check to do then I can add the gravel out front an Turface in the back. The pool area looks bigger than it will be. The gravel will slope into the pool from the right which should make it smaller. It's hard to see but there are tiny bits of cork siliconed to the bottom of the tank that serve as mini retaining walls. This has worked for me on smaller builds to create gentle slopes into deposition pools.

I'm going lighter on the plants this time because we like the look of the hardscaping and we don't want to cover it up.
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Re: 120 gallon Ghostviv Red Galact build

Postby Dan1990 » Thu Feb 19, 2015 10:34 am

Looks really cool. Cant wait to see the finished project.

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Re: 120 gallon Ghostviv Red Galact build

Postby frogfreak » Thu Feb 19, 2015 5:44 pm

Looking good, Jim! I like all the terracing and the future pool lol
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Re: 120 gallon Ghostviv Red Galact build

Postby joneill809 » Sat Feb 21, 2015 7:26 pm

Made some progress today. Finished my gap checks and added some cork retaining walls to the pool area. Added the substrate and it's air drying now as I clean plants.
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Cork work prior to the final modifications.
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You might have to click on these two images to get the full perspective, but they show the left and right sides of the pool where I used cork fixed to the bottom of the viv to act as retaining walls to help maintain a gentle slope into the pool:
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Right side of viv, cork retaining wall work on the left and with gravel on the right.


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Left side of viv, cork retaining wall work on the left and with gravel on the right.

Here are wider shots of the pool:
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The pool before gravel
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Gravel added.
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Here's the viv with nearly 40 lbs of Turface added...
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Full tank shot with gravel and Turface.
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And here are some "stairs" to help the tincs up to the cork work. This stepped set of mini-ledges are in the shadows along the back wall.
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Tinc stairs along the back wall.
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And finally another angle shot:
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Re: 120 gallon Ghostviv build

Postby joneill809 » Sun Feb 21, 2016 4:23 pm

The planting continues to evolve on this build after the conversion from galacts to Robertus.
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I moved this African violet to the floor of the viv and it seems to like that spot. It's about 8" around.
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I've been shifting the left side to broms. I like the look even if the Robertus really don't use them. More on the animals later.
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I always like a patch of trinervula in my vivs. This one is growing in nicely:
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I have been having more luck with bipinnatifida, so I moved some into the back of this viv. It's slowly taking hold. A few more months and I think it will take off.
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The Robertus are doing well. They tend to hang out in the corkbark on the back wall:
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Coming down to eat:
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Sometimes One Eyed Bob can't see the flies when he's up top and he takes a while to get down to the pile of flies.
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Finally I added a pair of micro geckos last fall for additional fly control. The viv is so big I get a population of flies that get on the ceiling of the viv. These guys can get up there, but they are a bit skittish. They live inside the cork work on the left side of the tank, and tend to frequent the broms. They don't interact with the Robertus. Here's the female trying to figure out what I am up to.
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Re: 120 gallon Ghostviv Red Galact build

Postby Lanthia » Thu Feb 25, 2016 5:55 pm

This is just a work of art! You did an amazing job on this viv. It's just stunning. I love the Robertus and as you know I chose them for my first frog...not knowing how big they get and how much room they need. Shows me how important research and talking to experienced hobbyists are.

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Re: 120 gallon Ghostviv Red Galact build

Postby joneill809 » Thu Feb 25, 2016 8:05 pm

Thanks Sheryl! I had a pair in an 18-18-24 for a while and they were ok in there but it is interesting to see how they use the entirety of the viv for as big as they are. They are a fun tinc - you will enjoy them.

Snapped this one tonight .... yes, big tincs climb :mrgreen:
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Re: 120 gallon Ghostviv Red Galact build

Postby moore40 » Fri Mar 25, 2016 3:28 pm

Very nicely laid out tank.
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Re: 120 gallon Ghostviv Red Galact build

Postby joneill809 » Fri Mar 25, 2016 3:45 pm

Thanks Joe!

One of the original smaller cork ledges pulled away from the glass so I removed it. I've been less shy about cutting cork bark since the first pass on the background. I now try to get nice flat cuts slathered in silicone to ensure a good bond. That method seems to work best for me.

I've added a few more broms on the left and more pups have sprouted so that stump is really growing in. I've been eyeing a few more plants that I may consider adding while pruning back some of the selaginella and pilea. The African Violet still has not bloomed since the reboot. Hoping to get some flowers soon - it's a really nice purple when it gets going.

It's due for a good cleaning soon, so I'll get additional photos after the clean up.
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