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    Vivarium Construction Progress/Log

    I am currently building an 18"x18"x24" vivarium for highland nepenthes and related climate plants and CPs. I'll be posting on here pictures of the build process, which should, for the most part, be completed tomorrow after my order of plants arrives. Hopefully this build log/process will inspire others or be a good reference to folks in the future.

    Anyhow, thanks to the fellows CP'ers on here for the previous experience with building these that has helps me decide how/what I wanted to do.

    Initially I wanted to do the entire background via the living clay method that Swords used for one of his vivariums. After debating on it, I decided that my waterflow process I had planned would not be good with the clay, and erosion would likely occur. Therefore, I thought it more appropriate to use the Great Stuff expander foam and black silicone to form my water flow/waterfall area, which is what I did today. Tomorrow I will be doing the living clay for the rest of the background and adding the plants.

    Starting off


    Added rock and reshaped


    Added peat/sand/dry LFS soil mix


    More to come tomorrow!

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    It will be nice to watch this take shape.

    I too am considering my options for a waterfall tank design that I want to do for the crabs made with foam "rocks" covered in a thin skin of sculpted portland cement. The mud will go in between the rocks for lithophytes and mosses to get started on but I too felt water running directly over the mud itself would surely erode over time and discolor the pooling water and possibly play havoc with the PH.

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    Uh oh Swords.. some competition!

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    Now that you've got a place to keep the water where you want it, you could still do the living clay around it, couldn't you? I'll be watching this closely because I, too, want to do a viv with a living wall but also want a water feature. To me, this looks pretty promising. Subscribed.

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    Ditto. I'm about to start on my own projects so I'm very curious.
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    Thanks for the replies, folks.

    I ran into a few issues today, chiefly that the accessories I ordered with my plants were shipped seperately, and won't arrive until next Wednesday. I had to order a pump and the hydroton clay balls off of Amazon and get it overnighted so I can finish working on it tomorrow before the plants start to suffer. Anyhow, here is what I was able to complete today. The clay is very workable/shapeable, surprisingly.


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    Looks good. Can't wait to see your finished product.

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    very cool looking forward to seeing the completed project , keep us up to date

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