New Tank

MRIGUY

New member
Joined
Aug 1, 2007
Messages
333
Reaction score
16
Points
0
Location
Bethlehem, PA
Country
United States
So I had this 44 gallon pentagon tank in the basement and decided to do a viv for a new office I am opening. I have not identified just what I am putting in there yet but figured I'd post some construction pics. This is really a free form project and I put little thought into the design other than to place the wood where it would hold plants and moss or cover a hose/cord if needed. It is generally understood that I am lousy with photos but lets see what happens.
 

Attachments

MRIGUY

New member
Joined
Aug 1, 2007
Messages
333
Reaction score
16
Points
0
Location
Bethlehem, PA
Country
United States
The next step is to bulk up the foam in certain areas, do the silicone schmear, and cover with coco fiber. I'll likely get to that in the next few days and will take pics along the way. I have done this method a few times in the past but I always planned and layed out with paper and pencil. This one is a seat of the pants project and I am just going with it.
 

Kaysie

Site Contributor
Joined
Mar 10, 2003
Messages
14,466
Reaction score
95
Points
0
Location
North Dakota
Country
United States
Display Name
Kaysie
That is a REALLY odd shaped tank.

I think I'm going to have to get on this whole 'tank buildup' bandwagon... You guys make it look so easy!
 

i_love_necturus

New member
Joined
Dec 13, 2006
Messages
448
Reaction score
11
Points
0
Location
Rhode Island
Country
United States
Display Name
Ryan
Yes indeed, very strange, but its wicked cool!:D I'll enjoy watching the build up and can't wait to see the finished product.
 

Slimy2

New member
Joined
May 7, 2007
Messages
222
Reaction score
8
Points
0
Location
University of Arkansas
Country
United States
Display Name
Cameron Cheri
neat

It's nice how the tank is constructed with the glass at that angle so you can look down into it and see everything.
 

MRIGUY

New member
Joined
Aug 1, 2007
Messages
333
Reaction score
16
Points
0
Location
Bethlehem, PA
Country
United States
OK. I added some more foam to an area where I think I will need to make a few pockets for plants. I also cut a piece of 1/2" tubing to length and fit it to a multi-port manifold that I will use to create two wet areas for wet plants and wood. I ordered a High Output T5 light fixture so this tank will have 96w of 6700k light which should be fine for most anything I am capable of growing (or killing as the case may be). I hope to make caves and possibly start the silicone / coc fiber process tomorrow.
 

Attachments

MRIGUY

New member
Joined
Aug 1, 2007
Messages
333
Reaction score
16
Points
0
Location
Bethlehem, PA
Country
United States
So after I seal and coco the backgroung I need to do something with the bottom. My plan is to have the rear 2/3 of the tank be 4" of Hydroton with a screen and then 3" of coco substrate. I like to mix in a little charcoal and a pinch of sand. The front 1/3 will be open pond. The pond will be seperated from the land by wood, moss covered rocks, and whatever else I find when I take a walk to the stream by my house. I am open to suggestions if anyone has a brainstorm. As I said earlier, this whole project if a seat of the pants operation.
 

j_self

New member
Joined
May 7, 2007
Messages
4
Reaction score
0
Points
0
Age
49
Location
VA
Country
United States
Display Name
John Self
Very kool. Can't wait to see more.
 

MRIGUY

New member
Joined
Aug 1, 2007
Messages
333
Reaction score
16
Points
0
Location
Bethlehem, PA
Country
United States
Next Round

So the thick areas of foam have dried (#1) and I carved out some holes for placing plants (#2). I also roughed in the manifold and the 2 drip lines (#3). The drip lines will be coated in solicone and rolled in coco as a final step.
 

Attachments

MRIGUY

New member
Joined
Aug 1, 2007
Messages
333
Reaction score
16
Points
0
Location
Bethlehem, PA
Country
United States
Next Round #2

I added the silicone (#1 and 2) and then placed the coco fiber (#3). From previous projects I can tell you that the coco needs to be absolutely dry and pressed into a thick gloopy layer of silicone. Brown or black are preferred as they cover the foam better and do not show through on thin spots. The black foam works really well for this but I did not have any and Santa has not arrived yet, at least not from the closets I have checked so far :)

More to follow.
 

Attachments

MRIGUY

New member
Joined
Aug 1, 2007
Messages
333
Reaction score
16
Points
0
Location
Bethlehem, PA
Country
United States
Note of Caution

The other thing I should mention is that when you have a tank on it's side and are schmearing the silicone with your head in the tank, be sure to pull your face out before taking any deep breaths as the silicone will give you a wicked headache. It is also best to be sure the room is ventillated.
 

moonstream

New member
Joined
Dec 27, 2007
Messages
38
Reaction score
0
Points
0
Country
United States
cant wait to see this done! what do you plan to keep in this? (besides plants)
 

Jennewt

Administrator
Staff member
Joined
May 27, 2005
Messages
12,407
Reaction score
75
Points
48
Location
USA
Country
United States
The other thing I should mention is that when you have a tank on it's side and are schmearing the silicone with your head in the tank, be sure to pull your face out before taking any deep breaths as the silicone will give you a wicked headache. It is also best to be sure the room is ventillated.
LOL, I know exactly what you mean. There's nothing quite like the feeling of vinegar fumes on the inside of the nose!
 

Daniel

Site Contributor
Joined
Aug 15, 2007
Messages
664
Reaction score
25
Points
0
Location
Germany
Country
Germany
Display Name
Daniel
Nice how-to-do!

Can you give me any information on this foam you use? Ingredients or something?
I like this thing and am curious if I might get something similar (and unharmful to newts...) over here in old Europe.
 

MRIGUY

New member
Joined
Aug 1, 2007
Messages
333
Reaction score
16
Points
0
Location
Bethlehem, PA
Country
United States
I have one more small section of foam to cover this afternoon. I do need a HD run for more brown silicone though. I'll post more pics later tonight.
 

MRIGUY

New member
Joined
Aug 1, 2007
Messages
333
Reaction score
16
Points
0
Location
Bethlehem, PA
Country
United States
OK, so I finished the silicone and coco fiber. I vacuumed the wall with the shop vac then washed the whole thing with clean water. I added the hydroton this evening. (Photos 1 and 2) I would have been done sooner but I had a vacation and as you can see in photo 3 I was focusing on crustaceans for a bit.
 

Attachments

MRIGUY

New member
Joined
Aug 1, 2007
Messages
333
Reaction score
16
Points
0
Location
Bethlehem, PA
Country
United States
You can see in the photos that there are some areas where the foam is visible. This is the camera angle and in the frontal shots it looks better. I also left a few areas more open for planting. As soon as the glass canopy comes in I will start planting. Till then humidity control will be too much of a nightmare.
 
General chit-chat
Help Users
  • No one is chatting at the moment.
  • Lanalotl:
    Hi I recently rescued a lotl (i did weeks of research before rescuing) Hes mabey 5 or 6 years of age..the previous owner could not remember the exact age of him. I got him from her as he was or had been picked on by his tank mate another lotl who was bough with him from every younger age, I noticed one of his gills, a middle one at the end had split in two? And is slightly more floppy? He also appears or mabey I'm just over worried to mabey have lost some feathers, is that normal to lose some?...all levels in the tank are fine, but wondered if theres and advice anyone could give me as an experienced owner to a new one.
    +1
    Unlike
  • Axolotl Queen:
    @Lanalotl Sounds like the gills may have been nipped by the tank mate. If he is in his own tank and the parameters etc are all good, then he should grow them back and they should go back to full health and strength. However, depending on how old the injury is they may not fully grow back if they have been constantly nipped at.
    +2
    Unlike
  • Smknmom421:
    Can anyone tell me why this is happening? We just did a water change and after freaking out and whipping around the tank, an hour later they look like this. It won't let me send a pic. The edges of their gills are white and it looks like they have skin shedding off
    +1
    Unlike
  • Murk:
    That sounds like severe skin damage. If you post a thread on the forum, you can attach pictures.
    +1
    Unlike
  • Murk:
    It sounds like something went wrong with the water change, so this could be very dangerous. Did you use a dechlorinator? Could it be there are traces of chlorine or soap in the water? (Or for example, in the bucket you used?)
    +1
    Unlike
  • Murk:
    Normally, I would recommend taking them out of the tank asap and putting them in a tub with fresh water, but if there's something wrong with your tap water or dechlorinator, that might not help either. Do you have acces to bottled water or rain water?
    +1
    Unlike
  • Sal22:
    I think my axie is dying, he’s never had any issues before, I’ve had him 3 years, today I noticed some fluffy looking stuff coming from his genital area so I took him out of his tank and did a full tank clean to make sure the water wasn’t infected as I thought it was fungus and then I noticed he had a cut on his belly which was only small about 5 hours ago and now it’s spread to all of his belly, what do I do I’m freaking out
    +1
    Unlike
  • Sal22:
    Update about my axie, unfortunately he has died over night, he looked as if he was bruised allover his belly, his mucus layer had also started to come off.
    +1
    Unlike
  • Ganaa:
    Anyone here from DMV?
    +1
    Unlike
  • Unlike
  • AlexisJG:
    Hi I have 2 4in juveniles (I’ve had them about 2 weeks and they are doing well I think they’ve grown a little already honestly) but I am supposed to go on a 5-6 day vacation in October about 3-4 months from now. I am wondering how I should go about their care when I am gone. I thought about putting them in separate (fairly big) containers with live plants and/or bubblers with a fan in the dark and either fridging them (my last plan) but I am hoping to to either have someone I trust come feed them and turkey baste waste out or just leave them out and clean the containers before we leave and have someone come check on them once or twice. Does any of this sound like a good or bad idea? I want the best for them. All help appreciated :)
    +1
    Unlike
  • Ganaa:
    @patrickstar116, do you still have your fire salamanders?
    +1
    Unlike
  • patrickstar116:
    @Ganaa, I do you may message me if you wish
    +1
    Unlike
  • HalfDrunkToast:
    hi.....
    +1
    Unlike
  • JDeslippe21:
    Hi, so I have 2 male axolotls and about an hour ago they were both perfectly fine and now only one of them has his tail curling up and his gills are slightly curled?? But other than that they’re both acting normally
    +1
    Unlike
  • Murk:
    Could be he's just excited, spooked or temporarily stressed, which could pass in a few hours. It could also be an indicator of other problems. Do you have any recent water parameters?
    +1
    Unlike
  • AlexisJG:
    Does anyone have any idea how to help with high ammonia levels? I have the API freshwater master kit and everything else’s test results were great besides ammonia. I did a 50% water change and I use API products including ammonia lock.
    +1
    Unlike
  • MuggleMiChu:
    Help! I got my first axolotl two days ago and they have stopped eating. They ate a few frozen blood worms the first day and haven’t eaten or been interested in food since. I feed them frozen blood worms and the tank is around 64 degrees. I do have a filter that moves sometimes and I noticed them swimming up to it, I have a new filter and a fan coming today or tomorrow. I leave the worms in the tank or a little bit before taking them out so I don’t know if they ate when I wasn’t looking. I know it takes a while for them to digest. Does anyone have any tips or knowledge they can share? The pet store I bought them from didn’t have gravel or sand in the tank so I’m not sure if theres an issue or if I’m just impatient. Thank you!
    +1
    Unlike
  • HalfDrunkToast:
    @MuggleMiChu, how big they are? also for substrate, i would not do gravel at all I would either do sand or none at all!
    +1
    Unlike
  • MuggleMiChu:
    They are about 2-3 inches long and I have them in a bare bottom tank
    +1
    Unlike
  • HalfDrunkToast:
    @MuggleMiChu I would say try live black/blood worms untell they are full or just turn there head away ( that's what mine do) if that does not work try to get some live brine shrimp and see if they eat that. baby axolotl prefer live food over frozen food as the frozen food is too cold for them or they can't eat it in one go( that's if you do the blocks) mine eat chopped up frozen thawed shrimp. as for them not eating from what I have experienced with my second axolotl, I got her when she was about an inch long and she ate every day, when they start getting 3-4 inches long they will gradually slow down there eating. and if you really want to do substrate I would do sand because if they do ingest a little bit it won't hurt them.
    +1
    Unlike
  • MuggleMiChu:
    Thank you so much for the information and advice! They are eating again, they ate a lot today. I think it might have been stress from the move or digesting old food, I also noticed they ate some of the food left in the tank (I removed the rest). I’m going to keep the tank bare bottom.
    +2
    Unlike
  • HalfDrunkToast:
    @MuggleMiChu,your so welcome im glad to be of help! and I'm glad that they are eating as well!
    +1
    Unlike
  • Chat Bot:
    AidanD has left the room.
    +1
    Unlike
    Chat Bot: AidanD has left the room. +1
    Top