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Posted by obeligz on September 29, 2002 at 15:01:06:
In Reply to: Re: Just finished my new leachie tank. :o) (pic) posted by mconley on September 29, 2002 at 13:45:38:
It's all wood exept for the 2 glass sides.
I have used pine where the wood is visible. Where the wood soesn't show I've used cheaper types of wooden composite materials. There is a hidden 55 gal false bottom underneath the tank, that's where I have the water reservoir, water pump ect. in.
After I finished the wooden part of tank I coated it with a 2mm thick layer of "paintable bathroom membrane", a kind of rubber paint that will make it 110% waterproof and won't rot. On top of the rubber paint I siliconed dark cork panels. Some places I siliconed smaller pieces of the same boards toghether and sculptured them into hides or planting pots.
The side glass is 8mm normal glass. The hinged door is 5mm tempered glass.
There are 2 lights in the top a normal (straight) 18W UV-flourecent and a 40W special flourecent that is shaped like an "O". Initially I thought that the light level in the tank was a bit too low so I glued aluminum foil to the cealing in the tank and it workes fine as a reflecor. I also have a 6" 220V industrial fan that I run on 110V, this way it runs at half speed and doesn't make any noticable noice or vibration. I still haven't recieved the misting system I ordered 3 weeks ago.. :o(
The big "branch" is a part of a tree that I cut down from the forest. The small tree in the bottom is a dwarf species of a ... (don't remember it's name) tree.
I also have attached misc orchids and tillandsias to the cork panels with staples. The orchids seem to thrive with their roots in the air, I just mist their roots when I mist the enclosure.
:Awesome setup. I am interested in what the tank is made from, Glass, wood, or ? More on the tank lighting heating etc.