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Location : Louisiana
Registration date : 2009-02-06

PostSubject: New tank setup   2/6/2009, 1:01 pm

Greets gents/ladies. I used to keep a couple of Emps a few years ago and enjoyed it. During an ugly divorce my ex-wife killed em before I could relocate them though. I kept all the equipment, planning to start again one day. Well, that day is fast approaching. This time I wanted to do something more ornate with my enclosure. I researched my options. Based on what I already had, I descided to add a waterfall and false bottom. My plan was to create an 'aquifier' that will naturaly recycle waste. I placed about 2 inches of hydroballs in the bottom of a 10 gallon terrarium. I then placed nylon mesh over them to seperate them from the substrate. I purchased some 'eco-earth' from a local Pet Co and used it as a top layer. I placed a non-filter pump in the back corner and snaked the hose to the opposite end of the tank. The pump was a headache. It kept sucking up bits of hydroball and clogging. My solution to this, was to take some extra nylon mesh and wrap it around all the intakes on the pump. The pump has been running for 24 hours now with no worries. Compared to a 5 minute max run time without the mesh. I purchased a rock formation feeding dish designed for reptiles as my waterfall/waterdish. I also picked up a piece of driftwood and a piece of fake tropical foliage to hide the pump and tubing at the back of the tank. I have one 10 gallon adhesive heating pad covering about 1/3 of the bottom of the tank on the right side. I also have a smaller (5gallon) heating pad applied to the back wall on the right side as well. I bought some 'Frog Moss' as well. It is labeled as terrarium moss for reptiles and amphibians. I am thinking, as the moss's roots grow into the hydroball layer, this will complete the aquafier. This is a radical departure from my previous setup of sterilized potting soil and a water dish. I plan on keeping 2 Emperors in this tank. I applogize in advance for the poor photos. All I had available for the pictures is my cell phone. I am really seeking comments/suggestions.

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PostSubject: Re: New tank setup   2/6/2009, 1:52 pm

looks very good so far. Smile I've always wanted to try a community tank with running water. I will someday.

if possible, I would suggest adding more substrate. Emps love to burrow, and should be allowed to do so in captivity. a good 4 - 5" should suffice. apart from that, it looks really cool. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: New tank setup   2/6/2009, 3:13 pm

It looks great. But a bit deeper and compact it down so when they burrow it doesnt fall down on them and then you can sprinkle a loose layer on top Smile

It looks wonderful though
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PostSubject: Re: New tank setup   2/6/2009, 4:16 pm

cant see much wrong with it, only the heat mat underneath, that must be on the side or the emps will cook when they burrow towards it. that is a lovely tank! you must be one of the rare few people who dont listen to the pet shop! i can see you have done some research.
i am going to make something like this when i get a free tank and i may have to steal a few of your ideas.
welcome to the forum!
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PostSubject: Re: New tank setup   2/6/2009, 5:15 pm

Looks great!
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PostSubject: Re: New tank setup   2/6/2009, 6:03 pm

yeah heat mat on the side or you will end up with water coming out of the cracks on the glass!

liking the waterfall idea. I couldn't afford the pump thing with the false bottom enclosure i have put together, but with good ventilation it seems to be soaking up and evaporating off fine.

I think all the tips have been covered especially with the substrate. looking forward to when the new home owners move in.

fantastic looking enclosure Smile
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