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Terrascape in Miniature 45lt

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  1. Keith

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    MY TERRA-SCAPE

    1st July 2014


    Commenced Jan 29th 2011

    45 lt Bay View Window Tank Terrarium Journal

    OK I know another Journal; this is my first Terrarium Journal.

    Question what to do with a good well cared for 45lt Bay window tank, which has in my opinion a fantastic Asian painted base.

    I realised I would not get very much if I sold it.

    What to do?

    Power outlets a huge problem practically fully loaded as it is.

    That means another tank is out 110% and no discussion entered into.

    I was thinking of a Terrarium type but which way to go I did not want any water in it at all.

    One thought was a dry river bed type?

    General type Terrarium but that's not too plain (I once had a 4ft x 2ft x18ins Terrarium)

    the backing and the two sides (not the Bay Windows) will be the artificial rock wall type as for Aquariums.

    I know where I can get twiggy Grape Vine at a good price; this will glued to the backing as if growing on a cliff face.

    The focal point 1/3rd from LH side and 2/3rds from the front will be another golden vine type.

    On the substrate there will be several pieces of very old rough DW to give me at least two levels.

    Plants lower level will be mainly small low "Carnivorous type"

    The rock wall and the twiggy bits will all have "Air growing plants"

    OK what about lighting??

    I can get a twin T5 2ft unit from a Hydroponic shop no problems at all

    Keith:):)
     
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    Does it need lighting Keith?
    I thought it stands light enough.
     
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    natural light source ev? :) so no need for the extra light as you mentioned.
     
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    You must remember this was the first post for this (type unknown) at this stage.

    Thinking of Carnivorous plants light was essential to have.

    The tank has had many changes in its design over the years as it was developing and even today I am still playing with the planting.

    Its location is end on only and the window is facing south and never gets any direct sun.

    I will post the next update later today.

    Keith:):)
     
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    4th July 2014

    Feb 10th 2011

    Things were moving very slowly with this tank possibly a lot slower than I wanted.
    I went to a LFS pet store to buy some air line tube and walked out with this just over $20.
    TerrariumDriftwood3211.
    I have plenty of red rocks any way but this is perfect.


    Feb 10th 2011
    Next came the backing.
    TerrariumBackgroundbeforesubstrate211.
    The cheap Styrene Foam backing

    I found this backing at a small LFS/pet shop only $13 too hard to resist.

    It is not exactly what I was looking for as what I was wanting extremely expensive and possibly Internet buying only (sight unseen).

    What I intend to now is brush an adhesive over the board and sprinkle a fine layer of a 1-3 mm mixed natural river stone substrate.

    I contacted a local (adhesive manufacturer) and they recommended the "Exterior PVA Aqua here" would do the job perfectly

    Fixing it to the back glass of the tank easy "Selleys” a silicone glue

    Keith:):)
     

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    12th Jan 2011

    “Liquid Nails" Mirror-Metal-Glass.

    There are two basic ways I can have,

    1 Fixed straight on to the glass

    2 Fix it so that it has a slight slope (drawing full size)

    The reason for the slope would be there will be several "Tillandsia" living air plants glued to the backing and will occasionally require a misting to freshen them up and use a liquid Fert

    Terrariumbackingfixingtotank211.
    imagesCAJCXMQM.

    This is Spanish moss it will also be draped over the backing and parts of the Driftwood.

    At this stage I had an idea of what I was trying to do.

    Keith:):)
     

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    Interesting moss keith :)

    You mentioned misting ferts can you please explain the ferts in more detail as im interested to know what ferts and how much :)

    Very nice piece of wood.
     
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    At that stage I was thinking of using a very weak solution of "Seasol" A seaweed based.

    Here is the link

    Seasol International - Australia's top selling liquid seaweed, and PowerFeed - dynamic fish fertilizer and concentrated liquid composts.

    It is used in Aust a lot either as a foliar spray or watered in the garden/lawn by a watering can.

    I also use it a lot in the garden and potted plants.

    As it has turned out I mist with tap water every morning as in nature and not a problem, (No Ferts so far).

    Keith:):)
     
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    Feb 21st 2011
    The Terrarium was now moving along slowly, and steady progress was finally being made.


    TerrariumStyreneprepforBacking211.
    The foam pieces are silicone on using Selly’s Liquid nails mirror & Glass, as recommended by them.
    It is a tapered cut from 0mm-25mm, this will give the back wall a more natural look plus a better drainage when I mist spray the Living Air Plants “Tillandsiaâ€￾


    Terrariumbackingintempposition211_edited-1.
    This is only a temporary holding to see how it looked.


    TerrariumBackingintemp211.
    The corners were a bit difficult I had to shape the side pieces so that there were no gaps; it was a simple file and glass paper job until it fitted.
    The 100mm gap around the base of the foam is for a special substrate for the ‘Living Stone Plantsâ€￾


    TerrariumGraveonbackingtest1211.
    I used an exterior PVA to stick some fine substrate on as a test it looked OK but not what I wanted. Today I went to several landscape gardeners and picked up a few kg of different colours and sizes of gravel. It was placed outside to dry out after a good washing

    Keith:)
     

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    Hi Keith, The Terra-Scape is starting to come together now mate :cool:
     
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    As you know things did not go as planed but I never gave up.

    What I have today is nothing like I originally planned and I must admit the finished product is a lot better and easier to look after.

    Keith:):)
     
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    I hunted two Garden Suppliers and collected several litres of gravel mixed sizes and colours.

    I also collected a few small rocks to scatter under the cliff faces.

    All I had to do was to brush Selly's Exterior PVA over the Styrene Foam mould and just cover it all over. WRONG I had to go back and add more PVA and gravel to fill in the gaps, also had to do the ends of the two side pieces.

    Then take of the stones that stuck where they should not back edges.

    Sept 13 2013

    There had been a massive hold up due to several health issues; I still had to make the tubular frame work for the light (which I have)

    As soon as I get that done I will be buying all the plants.

    Nov 25th 2013

    I went to a local commercial Carnivorous plant grower.

    I took the Terrarium with me plus a plan drawing.

    It took about 1hour to work out what went where as there must have been 1000s of plants to choose from.

    Once we (excellent helper) worked out what would be the most suitable (established size, shape and colour) I honed in on the softer reds to give an over similar appearance.

    thought that piece of Gold Vine (driftwood) would be a whisker too big, in an instant without thinking I turned it on its end and perfect exactly what I wanted.

    As I had the Terrarium with me it was very easy to plan it all out some worked and others totally unsuitable (too tall, too big, or too red).

    1 Sarracenia leucophylla XX Courtii F. Northern ‘red’

    3 Drosera (taller different varieties)

    6 Dionea (small low variety)

    3 Dionea (taller and darker variety)

    When it was finished (Photos) I heard a few comments on how we had set it up.
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    When it came to the cost I was very pleasantly surprised compared to the prices I had seen at a few garden suppliers.

    I will be setting up an Under Gravel Filter (Photo) system so that when I water the plants (via a tube) it will be under the peat moss

    Then I intended setting up the light frame, and then start the planting

    A few days later I was getting ready to prepare to set up the light frame, and then start the planting.

    Well that was the final plan "I THOUGHT"

    Keith:):)
     

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    Can't wait to see the evolution! :)

    My family was always trying to keep carnivorius plants when I was just a child but it has never work. I don't know why, temperature troubles, food troubles :confused: ...

    How do you keep yours?
     
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    The next few posting will explain every thing including a few surprises along the way.

    Keith:):)
     
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    Thanks! :adoration:
     
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    Dec 2013-12-19
    A big change is about to happen, the wife has told me she would like the “Indoor plantsâ€￾ instead of the “Carnivorous plantsâ€￾ which are becoming harder to buy as I am not driving to select what I require.

    This is the tank and light I will be using
    TerrariumDWturnedaround211-1.
    TerrariumLight36WPL_edited-1.
    Here are the designs I am looking at in no particular order.

    I can get these plants locally at the local Hardware/Garden store
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    Terrariumscape31213edited-1.
    Terrariumscape21213edited-1.
    Terrariumscape11213edited-1.
    It's not the cost or challenge it's just picking the correct one and work towards it.

    All I can say at this point the Terrascape is nothing like any of the above.

    Keith:cathug:
     

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    I have been very busy getting ready to add the entire Medium
    TerrascapeDWPlan2114edited-1-1.
    This is the Drift Wood I laid out on my plan.

    The green markings show what has to be removed.

    TerascapeDWtrimmed114edited-1.
    After cutting all the unwanted DW off.
    Terrascapeendglasstapedon114edited-1.
    Glass end siliconed on, I used Masking Tape to hold it on until it dried.
    Terrascapeblackbackingonendglass114_edited-1.
    Glass and black book covering on now all finished.
    Terrascapemeshin114edited-1.
    I used this strong mesh (used as a gutter guard) to stop the medium clogging up the UGF.

    It also stops the roots of some of the plants getting water logged.
    TerrascapeMeshMacro114edited-1.
    This is a Macro photo of the mesh.
    TerrascapeUGFinplace114edited-1.
    UGF in position and it blends into the backing extremely well.
    TerrascapeGumnuts1114edited-1.
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    Something totally different to add to the natural Terrascape

    The question is, Will it or will it not work only time will tell

    It is well on the way now

    Keith:cathug:
     

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    Looking forward to seeing this complete, loving the plans :adoration:
     
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    I can honestly say there are plenty of surprises on the way, it was constantly changed until I achieved exactly what I required.

    What I can say there will be slight changes over the seasons, looking for something at the moment.

    Even this morning I saw something happening in the tank.

    Keith :cathug:
     
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    Jan 25th 2014
    Finally after about 3hrs I have the Terrascape ready for planting.

    After each plant or group of plants there will be either more soil or stones added.

    I am expecting the soil to sink at least 1cm.

    Terascapesettingup3114edited-1.
    The right hand corner has changed considerably from the original concept it did not work out as planned.
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    A general view of the back of the tank.

    The Air Plants “Tillandsia’sâ€￾ will be easier to attach, using special glue, on those two pieces of Driftwood than the branch I was going to use.
    Terascapesettingup1114edited-1.
    The Gumnuts are an extra interest point but the main purpose is to hide the riser of the UGF which will be my watering point.
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    A closer view of the right hand corner showing the rocks, driftwood and some of the Spanish moss “Tillandsia usneoidesâ€￾
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    A front view it looks rather flat but it's not there is actually four levels they will be adjusted at planting time.
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    The area under the cork and close to the driftwood on the left will be lifted 3-4cm as soon as the soil settles and before planting.

    Keith :cathug: :cathug:
     

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