120 gallon Ghostviv Red Galact build

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Re: 120 gallon Ghostviv Red Galact build

Postby Philsuma » Fri Nov 15, 2013 10:19 pm

Wow !! That is just excellent Jim...excellent. Very envious !

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Re: 120 gallon Ghostviv Red Galact build

Postby IDPM » Fri Nov 15, 2013 10:38 pm

That's going to make watching TV a task.

Looks nice Jim, well done.
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Re: 120 gallon Ghostviv Red Galact build

Postby Ghostvivs » Sat Nov 16, 2013 6:38 pm

Holy crap! Looks awesome!

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Re: 120 gallon Ghostviv Red Galact build

Postby joneill809 » Sat Nov 16, 2013 7:38 pm

Thanks guys! I'll give you a call tomorrow to catch up Casper. I think I have this solved with the 80 mm. I ran a quick test with it on low blowing into the viv on the top left side and it cleared the glass in a hour. I think I will permanently mount it in the hood and throw it on a timer. That should keep the glass clear during the day or viewing hours. Here's what it looks like with the fan running:
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Re: 120 gallon Ghostviv Red Galact build

Postby Meefloaf » Sat Nov 16, 2013 7:44 pm

really love this build

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Re: 120 gallon Ghostviv Red Galact build

Postby joneill809 » Wed Nov 20, 2013 12:11 am

More crummy cell phone pics - I'm lazy :)

I received my final two MegaDawns today. I had already mounted the fixtures, so it was just a matter of screwing in the new bulbs. Here they are installed:
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And all lit up:
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Re: 120 gallon Ghostviv Red Galact build

Postby joneill809 » Wed Nov 20, 2013 12:26 am

Shots of the inhabitants (they are quick, so I've been snapping cell phone pics of them...sorry for the poor quality). They are coming out quite a bit now, so I'm pleased with the setup.
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Re: 120 gallon Ghostviv Red Galact build

Postby joneill809 » Tue Mar 04, 2014 11:01 am

I had to rework the substrate in this viv after I discovered several of the galacs discovered a 0.5 x 1 cm gap in the cork bark on the right side of the viv where they were able to get under the false bottom. I ripped out the FB, and found 5 of the 8 frogs hanging out in the egg crate. I completely removed the egg crate FB and moved to a series of inverted shoe box rubbermaid containers with drilled holes for water flow surrounded by turface for my replacement FB. It seems to be working well, and my tunneling galacs have resumed climbing the background instead of hiding in egg crate.

Some cell phone shots:
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There's one frog that likes climbing the big stump on the left of the viv. It looks out from behind the broms.

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Two galacs camped out at the very top of the viv. They are about 3 inches from the top glass. When they are up there and you get close to the viv they flatten themselves down which is funny to see.

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I like the bull dog pose.

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Hunkering down at the top of the viv. It's pretty funny to watch these guys squish themselves down thinking we won't spot them and their red backs against the black background.
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Re: 120 gallon Ghostviv Red Galact build

Postby joneill809 » Thu May 15, 2014 9:27 pm

Well it's been a while and I noticed Phil and Casper chatting about the need for updated photos about 6 weeks after they made their posts...I guess I should pay more attention to the chats :lol:

So the bad news first...slugs! Ugh. I had that emergency tear down when I discovered 5 of the galacts had been roosting under the egg crate false bottom. In one night I ripped out the substrate and egg crate FB and I shifted to drilled sterilte shoe boxes and turface as the drainage layer. This has worked out well, but during the process I pulled in slugs. I've been squishing at night with a flashlight and that seems to be doing pretty well. We'll see where I end up, but a full tear down may be in order.

Now that the bad news is out of the way, here's an update on the viv. The galacts are getting bolder with age, and I hear calling. There are eight in there, and usually you can see one or two within a few minutes of plopping down in front of the viv. You will usually see 4 or 5 of the 8 at feeding time. Here are some FTS':
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I've been battling fogging issues. I have to tune the exhaust fans a bit, but I am starting to get the front glass under control. The funny part is the rear class is relatively clear :lol:. Here's a shot with the circulation fan above the top vent disabled:
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Now for some shots of the inhabitants. I'm growing impatient with them :lol:. They are still skittish compared to our tincs, but they seem to be warming up to the living room location.
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This is a cell phone shot from a weird angle when I heard some calling and looked in the viv. Found these three crammed in the upper left corner:
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Re: 120 gallon Ghostviv Red Galact build

Postby IDPM » Thu May 15, 2014 10:00 pm

Have to love it when you build a beautiful tank for them and they choose the glass. Tank has grown in nicely Jim.
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Re: 120 gallon Ghostviv Red Galact build

Postby joneill809 » Thu May 15, 2014 10:09 pm

:lol: Thanks Brad! Five of them hang out in the middle center portion of the cork bark background. The ledge with the three of them perched together in the photo above (not the glass shot ;) ) It's funny that they have this giant 120 viv and they cram themselves in the same 6"x6"x6" space.
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Re: 120 gallon Ghostviv Red Galact build

Postby Chuck Lawson » Thu May 15, 2014 10:31 pm

This has really turned out stunning, Jim!

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Re: 120 gallon Ghostviv Red Galact build

Postby joneill809 » Fri May 16, 2014 12:10 am

Well late night slug hunting turned up something more:
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One egg deposited in moss just above the ledge pictured above with the three galacts perched on the edge. The first image is lit with a flashlight and best represents the color of the egg. The second and third are backlit. Guess I'll be offering up some deposition sites tomorrow!
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Re: 120 gallon Ghostviv Red Galact build

Postby joneill809 » Fri May 16, 2014 4:52 pm

Grabbed a macro shot today. Looks like the egg is good. You can see the eye developing already.
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Re: 120 gallon Ghostviv Red Galact build

Postby joneill809 » Sat May 24, 2014 1:12 am

Well the first egg molded over in viv. They dropped a clutch of five eggs this week but I am not sure they were good - I pulled the clutch and am monitoring. So some progress! Meanwhile the viv is flowering nicely. I added some generic orchids and I am starting to get new buds! (Exciting for me but old hat for most)
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Here are a few shots of existing flowers:
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And the African violets look like they are starting up:
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And the silver skies never stops:
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And a few flower stalks too...
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Here's the requisite frog shot - they only one I spotted today :lol:
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Re: 120 gallon Ghostviv Red Galact build

Postby joneill809 » Sun Aug 10, 2014 8:59 am

The group is doing well. They have become more bold as they breed and interact. The first froglet crawled out of water this week and there are a few more on the way. I have not bothered pulling eggs, so all the tads are tank reared, though I have been pulling tads when they get back legs so I don't have to go hunting down froglets in the depths of this tank :)
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Re: 120 gallon Ghostviv Red Galact build

Postby joneill809 » Sun Oct 19, 2014 3:17 pm

It's coming up on a year and the viv is changing its appearance. I have sorted out my ventilation issues and the glass is now clear all the time. The silver skies is pretty much taking over the viv which is quite striking. It has covered most leaf litter and the frogs are using it as cover as they move around the floor of the viv. The group is consistently breeding and depositing in the front pool. There are about 8 to 12 tads in various stages of development in there now.

Here are a few updated photos:
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Straight on view.

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Slight angled view.

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Center plants.

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Silver skies. The bed on the floor is about 12" deep by "18 wide and expanding.

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New orchid popping.

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More new orchid growth attaching to one of the mist heads.
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Re: 120 gallon Ghostviv Red Galact build

Postby RanaVenenosa » Sun Oct 19, 2014 7:08 pm

Wow Jim, really looks nice. How is Old that breeding group now? Are they more bold than before? I found certain frogs get to "know" you after a while, wondering if you noticed that w Galacs.
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Re: 120 gallon Ghostviv Red Galact build

Postby joneill809 » Mon Oct 20, 2014 12:31 am

Thanks Scott! I picked up 4 from Patrick 2 years ago (6 to 8 months OOW), and another four from Sean about 6 months later (~3 months OOW). They were kept separately until I started up the 120 about a year ago. So they vary in age from about 2 to 3 years, but they have all been together about 1 year.

They have settled in pretty well, but they are still pretty shy. Most will run for cover if you plop down in front of the viv, but if you sit on the couch they move around a good bit. You can generally see 5 to 7 of them during feeding, and usually you can spot 1 or 2 at any point during the day. The big change happened when they started breeding - at that point they didn't seem to care as much about what was going on outside the viv :)
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Re: 120 gallon Ghostviv Red Galact build

Postby Dendro_Dave » Mon Oct 20, 2014 1:08 am

Looks great, and one of my favorite frog choices. I wish mine would breed :(
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