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New nano vivarium in making #updated June 28

 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2013 6:56 am Post subject: New nano vivarium in making #updated June 28 Reply with quote

 Hello  all,
 
 This  project  started  suddenly.  I  had  no  intentions  to  start  it  3  days  ago.  But  somehow  it  happened  to  convince  me  to  start  it.  
 So  its  a  5.5  Gallons  Zilla  critter  cage  with  steel  mesh  as  the  sliding  cover.  It  will  have  a  non  moving  water  feature.  Water  side  would  be  around  1/4  the  of  the  total  base  surface  area.  
 I'm  gonna  plant  a  lot  of  plants.  Mostly  emmersed  aquatic  plants  like  staurogyne  repens,  staurogune  portovelho,  staurogyne  purple,  loebelia  cardinalis,  small  erio  parkerii  and  of  course  christmas  moss.
 I'll  put  glass  sheet  on  the  steel  mesh  sliding  cover  to  keep  the  humidity  in.  
 Lighting  would  be  a  table  lamp  with  a  CFL  bulb.  
 I  wont  disclose  the  info  about  inhabitants  right  now.  Let  it  be  a  secret  as  of  now.  People  who  know  arent  allowed  to  fart  it  out  loud.  Wink  
 Here  are  some  initial  photos  to  begin  it  with-
 
 I  was  with  my  biking  group  coming  back  from  a  nearby  mountain  when  this  nano  vivarium  thing  hit  me.  So  I  decided  to  bring  back  the  tank  on  my  bike.  My  bag  which  had  my  bike  lock  and  a  few  drinks  wasn't  big  enough  to  keep  this  5.5  G  tank.  So  the  shop  keeper  came  up  with  the  idea  of  tying  the  tank  on  my  bag  with  duct  tape.  And  it  worked  perfect.  I  biked  almost  5  miles  with  the  tank  on  my  back  Wink
 
 
 The  tank  with  steel  mesh  lid  on  -  
 
 
 Water  feature  in  making-
 
 
 
 
 Let  me  know  your  thoughts  on  it.  
 I'll  try  to  finish  everything  by  this  weekend.  
 And  yeah  as  my  all  other  journal  threads,  I'll  keep  editing  this  very  post  to  add  the  updates  so  that  you  dont  have  to  keep  messing  with  different  pages.
 Thanks.
 
 
 Update  June  5
 
 Alright..  So  I  have  made  some  progress.
 Water  feature  is  ready  and  tested.
 
 
 I've  pasted  the  background.  The  area  just  above  the  water  feature  will  have  some  additional  features.  So  I  have  put  foam  sealant  there.  It's  left  overnight  for  curing.  
 
 
 Tomorrow  ill  start  working  on  the  substrate  and  other  things..
 Will  keep  you  guys  updated.
 
 
 Update-  June  28.
 
 I  forgot  to  update  this  thread.  
 The  project  has  been  completed  and  running.
 
 I'll  start  from  where  I  left-
 Substrate-  It  has  egg  crate  drainage  system.  I've  used  Josh's  frog's  ABG  mix  (ABG  mix  is  2  parts  tree  fern  fiber,  1  part  peat  moss,  2  parts  coco  fiber,  1  part  charcoal,  and  2  parts  orchid  bark.)
 
 On  the  top  of  ABG,  I  have  used  a  mixture  of  ADA  Amazonia  new  and  coco  peat  to  make  planting  ground.  
 It  also  has  a  piece  of  manzanita  wood.
 
 Plants-  I've  used  mostly  aquatic  plants  like  -  Staurogyne  repens,  Hygrophylla  pinnatifida,  Staurogyne  sp  purple,  Polygonum  kawagoeanum,  And  moss  carpet.  The  ground  is  completely  covered  in  moss  sheet.  ┬áIn  the  water  feature,  I  have  a  wabi  kusa  ball  with  a  lot  of  christmas  moss.
 Plants  were  converted  to  emmersed  state  way  before  planting.  So,  they  wont  melt  in  there.  They  are  doing  good  in  there.
 
 Inhabitants-  I  have  2  males  and  2  females  of  Geosesema  sp.  aka  Red  devil  crabs  in  there.  They  are  very  small  (1.5-2")  cute  little  crabs.  They  are  fluorescent  red.  See  pictures.  They  eat  nearly  everything.  Commercial  food,  mealworms,  wax  worms,  small  crickets,  fruitflies,  bloodworms  and  what  not.
 
 Photos-
 
 Full  shot.  See  the  elevation  on  the  right  side.  Actually  there's  a  crevice  beneath  that  elevation.  I  have  a  few  PVC  pipes  as  caves  there.  Lil  devils  hide  in  there.-
 
 
 See  the  crevice  and  one  of  the  males  peeping-
 
 
 Close  up-
 
 
 Staurogyne  patch..  It  has  both,  Saturogyne  repens  and  Staurogyne  sp  purple  there-
 
 
 Lobelia  cardinalis.  It  grows  much  better  and  faster  in  emmersed  state-
 
 
 A  vine-
 
 
 Purple  legs  Wink  -
 
 
 


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 All  the  best  for  the  project......  Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2013 10:41 am Post subject: Re: New nano vivarium in making Reply with quote

 Wow  Sumer  ...another  adventure  is  started.  Eagerly  waiting  for  next  update.
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 Is  that  a  real  wood  or  made  up  of  something  else..  Waiting  for  more  updates...
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 Keep  it  coming
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2013 2:29 pm Post subject: Re: New nano vivarium in making Reply with quote

 Thanks  everyone  :)
 
 
                                                 
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Is  that  a  real  wood  or  made  up  of  something  else..  Waiting  for  more  updates...                

 The  one  which  is  looking  yellowish  is  not  wood.  the  one  on  the  lower  side  is  wood.
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