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  1. Cork trunk build

    Thought i'd update it for posterity if nothing else. Sorry for the lack of updates, i'm in the process of moving house so the tank has been put on the back-burner. A few things : - I've purchased 2 x Kessil A360 Tuna Sun LEDs with the spectral controller for custom photo periods, sunrise and sunset etc (ex display for less than £400 - bargain, kinda!) - unsure how to integrate these with T5 or whether to use these for the warmer months and the T5s for the cooler months - thoughts? - I need to replace the polycarbonate top with glass and construct some type of vent. - I need to build a new stand, this crappy ply stand is falling apart already. So i'm planning on buliding a wooden stand to accommodate 2 of these 24*18*24 Exo Terras. Will update when there's something meaningful to add.
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    This will be my last post on this thread due to a complete lack of activity on this site. Shame as the amphibian world a few years back with the likes of dendroboard and dendroworld brought a real sense of support. Seems the dart frog community is slowly petering out.
  3. Cork trunk build

    A few photos with the new plants in : Planting 2 by DEAF N1NJA, on Flickr New plants by DEAF N1NJA, on Flickr Planting 3 by DEAF N1NJA, on Flickr Planting 5 by DEAF N1NJA, on Flickr Pleurothallis by DEAF N1NJA, on Flickr Focus Panama by DEAF N1NJA, on Flickr
  4. Cork trunk build

    A list of current plants : Scaphosepalum Rapax Restrepia Mohrii Maxillaria Pumilia Restrepi Trichoglossa Begonia Listada Elaphogossum Crinitum Pyrrosia Nummularifolia Marcgravia Sp. Neoregelia Memphisto Neoregelia Hawaii Neoregelia Hybrid Chrismas Moss Java Moss Flame Moss Plants on order : Pleurothallis Jantae Pleurothallis Luctuoasa Pleurothallis Tripterantha Peperomia Rotundifolia Peperomia Hope Microgramma Tecta Ficus Panama Neoregelia Fireball Neorgelia Red Waif Neoregelia Hybrid Also now it's summer the ATI Sunpower is causing heat issues (sits 2, 4, 6 centigrade above ambient when using 2, 4 and 6 tubes respectively) So i'm considering a couple of options : Single LED Unit - the new Radion G4 Pro Freshwater. Use this for summer and T5 for winter. Or a custom LED unit, thin strips of CREE 3W leds in the 5000k and 6500k range, using 2 T5s on warmer days and 4 on cooler days.
  5. Cork trunk build

    viv by DEAF N1NJA, on Flickr
  6. Cork trunk build

    So my attempt at ventilation : 20180420_153748 by DEAF N1NJA, on Flickr But the end result.... 20180420_153756 by DEAF N1NJA, on Flickr 20180420_153918 by DEAF N1NJA, on Flickr I can only think of a few reasons that i'm struggling with something seemingly so simple : - The mesh covering the vents is too fine and allowing minimal air through. - 'New glass' - i've seen that the glass tends to 'clear' after a while when it builds up a bacterial surface (though still not truly clear) - No internal circulation
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    Either a pair of pumilios (Isla Colons, Red frog beach, blue jeans) or one of a number of Ranitomeya (Variabilis, Vanzolinii, Amazonica, Imitator) - however, unless I go to dartfrog.co.uk or run the risk of collecting from Hamm it seems thumbnails are pretty the on the ground in the UK (Pums being none existent) Cheers mate, i'm sure the photos must make mine look better than it is Any chance of a photo of yours? A few updates : - Added a Lucky Reptile seconds timer - this is set @ 09:30, 13:30 and 18:00 running 20 seconds per time. - Condensation is proving a real problem on the front viewing glass, having felt like the 2cm ventilation strip wasn't enough (with the no see um insect mesh impeding any flow that does occur), i've cut in a much larger vent centrally, approx 6 - 7cm in width). - Added active ventilation, a 50mm fan sits on top of the front vent. This is on a timer set to 30 minutes after the misting schedule, running for 1 minute per time. - Increased the depth of ABG mix - Springtail and white tropical woodlice colonies are booming, added some of each to the tank in order to get established - any other isopods recommended? (grey / orange woodlice, different spring tails) Will be ordering plants from RIch @ rainforestvivs soon, plan on planting bromeliads just on the main cork branch, with several climbers marcgravia, ficus montana etc and several species of orchids framing them - maybe some mosses on the manzanita.
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    It's been a little while since my last update, in no small part due to work but also things going wrong (and continuing to!) Since the last update i've managed the following : - Drilled bulkhead for Mistking 'value bulkhead' - this is only 6mm tubing but it does the job of draining the excess water from the drainage layer. Ryan from MK quoted me the wrong drill bit size, so had to wait for the correct one to arrive before proceeding. Once drilled and fitted I leak tested it, and found it was leaking badly even with an extra O ring on the outer glass. So I had to smear it in silicone and fingers crossed this seems to be holding up : 20180405_140912 by DEAF N1NJA, on Flickr 20180405_140916 by DEAF N1NJA, on Flickr - False bottoms constructed, these cover approx 80% of the floor, to reduce weight. Finished around the edges and centre with expanded clay balls, topped with rigid plastic mesh and topped finally with horticultural fleece 20180405_131043 by DEAF N1NJA, on Flickr 20180405_131445 by DEAF N1NJA, on Flickr - ABG substrate mix created (using sphagnum moss, tree fern granules, carbon granules, fine orchid bark and peat moss) 20180405_141057 by DEAF N1NJA, on Flickr - Topped with a thin later of oak leaves (I need a much thicker layer, prefereably a variety including magnolia and cattapa leaves) 20180405_141206 by DEAF N1NJA, on Flickr - Also plumbed in the misting system and drainage, all pretty tidy underneath the vivarium : 20180405_143354 by DEAF N1NJA, on Flickr The hollow cork tubes i'm thinking of filling with fine orchid bark to prevent the frogs from entering and acting as a large refugium for the isopods (shoutout to Pumilio for this idea) Other things on the to do list : - Hide the fan in cork to create a relatively hidden internal air circulation solution - this will be powered by a 2A PSU at set intervals during the day - Add ventilation at the read of the lid - Try and work out why both fans on my ATI sunpower unit have stopped working:( - Plant! - Decide what LED solution to go for, either a self build CREE solution, a couple of Kessil A160 Amazon suns or some GU10 track lighting (want a hybrid solution so when summer comes around the temperatures from the T5 can be eliminated) - Also debating on wether to re-add the manzanita branches or leave them out for a 'cleaner' look?
  9. Cork trunk build

    I can't say i'm disappointed with the light transmission so far, also acts as a diffuser so the light isn't so stark for the frogs.
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    Continuing the build, I decided to cover the left hand side to prevent my Burmese kitten taking too much interest in the inhabitants. Originally I bought some exo terra treefern panels along with the treefern from a local supplier - the quality difference is stark - the exo is the lighter variant, thin and general poor quality, too late as it's siliconed in place :(. I continued this theme with breaking up the remaining treefern and some cork to create a mosaic, while leaving a 1 inch gap in between which will be infilled with sphagnum moss. I'm still not happy with the bare glass left at the sides, so i've ordered some more dark tree fern panels to finish the job. My jobs list - Recut and redrill another lid, as the initial misting nozzle placement was too central and would have left 30%ish of the tank dry (i've also ordered 2 more misting nozzles, to increase coverage). - Drill an 8mm hole on the rear glass panel towards the bottom and fit the mistking bulkhead (for drainage water runoff) - Drainage layer - I purchased hydroleca drainage medium but am considering using an eggcrate setup for weightsaving. - Mix substrate to simulate Atlanata Botanical Gardens substrate - Start practicing with fly cultures, i'll stick with just melanogasters / turkish gliders. - Plumb in misting system. - Order parts for internal fan circulation, so far that comprises : 50mm brushless fans x 2, PC fan controller, 3 pin extension cables and power supply. - Silicone Manzanita in place to finish off hardscape - Order and install heatpad into cabinet to stabilise temps in there for optimum isopod / fly production. Here, I think, is the finished hardscape (bar the treefern panels on the sides) : 20180317_171208 by DEAF N1NJA, on Flickr 20180317_171346 by DEAF N1NJA, on Flickr 20180317_171230 by DEAF N1NJA, on Flickr To be continued
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    After much swearing, covering every conceivable surface in black silicone and lifting - here is the initial hardscape : 20180314_095022 by DEAF N1NJA, on Flickr 20180314_095513 by DEAF N1NJA, on Flickr 20180314_095537 by DEAF N1NJA, on Flickr The costs are rapidly mounting up as ever, and i've stockpiled enough materials and equipment to start my own shop
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    I'll continue to post for my own future reference if nothing else. So my cat helpfully decided to deconstruct the modded lid I used - so I upgraded to 10mm twinwall polycarbonate. This has a lower thermal heat loss than glass, but the flipside is a lower percentage of light transmission. From the datasheets i've gathered it goes (approximate figures) : 8mm low iron glass (optiwhite) - 90% 8mm float glass - 85% 10mm twinwall polycarbonate - 80% Not bad, and coupled with the fact the ATI is pretty overkill for this tank anyway (usually used on SPS / LPS reef tanks), it should see some decent PAR numbers at all heights in the tank. 20180312_173528 by DEAF N1NJA, on Flickr 5 x 75mm vents, wrapped in fly mesh to improve external circulation and decrease moisture buildup on the front: 20180312_173150 by DEAF N1NJA, on Flickr Back to the light - bought preowned from a reefer with a selection of 10 / 12 and 15k bulbs producing a very blue light not pleasing on the eye for its new purpose : 20180310_110613 by DEAF N1NJA, on Flickr Replaced with the following : 20180312_100308 by DEAF N1NJA, on Flickr So that's : 6500k x 3 4000k x 1 3000k x 1 2700k x 1 Which looks like this : 20180312_103613 by DEAF N1NJA, on Flickr 20180312_103620 by DEAF N1NJA, on Flickr Also cut out 3 x 16mm holes for misting nozzles. Tomorrow will see me siliconing the treefern panels to the back of the tank - any ideas of I can silicone the cork stump onto the treefern to keep it secure and upright?
  13. Cork trunk build

    After a long hiatus from frogging, with SPS reefing and high tech planted aquariums in between, i've decided to revisit the froggy side of life. Equipment list : Enclosure 24*18*24 Exo Terra Lighting ATI Sunpower 6 x 24w T5HO dimmable Misting Rainforest Vivs misting system w/ 2 single nozzles and 25 litre RO resovoir Substrate Hydroleca drainage w/ABG substrate layer and leaflitter Background / decor Treefern / cork background with cork 'tree stump' Circulation DIY polycarbonate lid with 1" vent and 40mm fan w/fan controller Treefern background (will be cut up to make space to silicone the cork trunk) 20180310_111330 by DEAF N1NJA, on Flickr First test fit : 20180310_110059 by DEAF N1NJA, on Flickr 20180310_110110 by DEAF N1NJA, on Flickr 20180310_110415 by DEAF N1NJA, on Flickr 20180310_110426 by DEAF N1NJA, on Flickr Drainage (may remove the cap and replace with cork round) 20180310_110639 by DEAF N1NJA, on Flickr 20180310_110705 by DEAF N1NJA, on Flickr Well stocked with Superfly I think! : 20180310_110803 by DEAF N1NJA, on Flickr Misting pump / reservoir : 20180310_110734 by DEAF N1NJA, on Flickr More to follow.
  14. Ghost Town

    I was recommended this forum not long ago, but it seems hardly anyone posts nowadays compared to say 2013 / 2014. Is this indicative of the PDF hobby as a whole in this country? Suppliers wise, I only know of dartfrog.co.uk in this country as for some reason Rainforest Vivs has disappeared (same with dendroworks a few years ago). Also what ever happened to dendroworld.co.uk?