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Old 07-03-2005, 12:33 AM   #1
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Default A simple guide to setting up a vivarium

Hope my setup can help other inspiring viva builders to start on it!!!
Pls add in whatever related equipment or info into the thread

Firstly this can apply to any tank, depending whether u want a water area or not, in this case i opted for a front water layer.

The empty tank


Backing is by a cork bark


an acrylic is siliconed to form the partition


finally the front will be hidden by another cork bark


following which the setup is given 24 hours for the silicone to harden and later to be tested for any leakages

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Old 07-03-2005, 12:40 AM   #2
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part 2: the land area and plants

the land area is first filled up with clay area


this is for easier maintanence and also cleaner hygiene as soil tends to encourage more decomposition

a pot filled partially with pellets and then some substrate is then inserted
this means smaller land area and less slowly that the focal plant will outgrow the tank



the focal plant, pitcher plant


the substrate


mosses harvested
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Old 07-03-2005, 12:47 AM   #3
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transplanting of mosses and the focal plant





after adding driftwood at the front and some java mosses and ferns, this is the final piece

the entire land area is covered by the mosses

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Old 07-03-2005, 04:40 PM   #4
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Not bad,but too simple. As the width is shallow,the cork bark gives it a quite unnatural look, especially with another cork bark infront. You kill the depth look.One dimension.. What i would have done is have a plastic mesh behind and encourage creepers to grow on it. Or, a moss wall.

Do not be offended.I say what i see and think. Also the pitcher plant is too big and distracting.

BUT for a starter, this piece of art surely will encourage and promote viva builders.

Good work!!
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Old 07-03-2005, 04:58 PM   #5
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You got a point there
shit to bad i glued the front cork bark liao

nvm i will try to improve on it,
really thanks for the suggestion.
appreciate it man!!!!
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Old 13-03-2005, 10:49 AM   #6
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Default Updated!!!

Hi,
the tank has been revamped and here are some of the pics

the focal plant has been taken out and ferns were used instead (they can be harvested from mother nature), jus remember to wash them.

attached is also a close up on the cave formed using moss, fir bark(a type of substrate that can be bought in nurseries) and also twigs for support





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Old 13-03-2005, 11:56 AM   #7
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Bro looking nice man! Great Job with the moss cave
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Old 13-03-2005, 08:29 PM   #8
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getting better and better each day
well done bro ....................
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Old 16-03-2005, 02:55 AM   #9
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Hi,
the tank has been revamped and here are some of the pics

the focal plant has been taken out and ferns were used instead (they can be harvested from mother nature), jus remember to wash them.

attached is also a close up on the cave formed using moss, fir bark(a type of substrate that can be bought in nurseries) and also twigs for support





very nicely done, good work, keep it up
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Old 20-04-2005, 12:53 AM   #10
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The front of the tank is self-made?Nice setup...
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