Habitat - Indoor :: 720 gallon plywood build

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Post Posted: Tue Aug 10, 2021 12:04 pm   Re: 720 gallon plywood build

ill get more pictures tonight. i built a floating bog to serve as a basking area, still waiting on the grass to start growing in.
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Post Posted: Tue Aug 10, 2021 8:14 pm   Re: 720 gallon plywood build

Heres some more pics. Im still in the "proof of concept" stage of the build. im hoping to have a thick bed of grass with some dandelion grow in on top of the bog. Once i get Sump planted ill post some more updates.

https://imgur.com/a/AXbSetA
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Post Posted: Tue Aug 10, 2021 10:31 pm   Re: 720 gallon plywood build

Oh wow, you have a lot of cool stuff going on. Really looking forward to seeing more. Was there any unexpected issues from the last build?
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Post Posted: Wed Aug 11, 2021 11:12 am   Re: 720 gallon plywood build

thanks! as far as issues there were a handful. the biggest of which was humidity. even with an enclosed canopy i was getting condensation issues. The general Size of it made it difficult to work within the tank as well. i literally had to swim in it to reach the bottom of the tank lol. the first Tank was my first time using a Sump and i miscalculated where my water level would be in the sump so my emergency drain was at the wrong angle so it didnt drain properly. i learned alot with the first tank and think i have the majority of issues covered with this design. I also have a dehumidifier in the garage now so im not too worried about humidity moving forward. In terms of structural or leaking issues, there were none.


i think ill probably continue to use this current design for all my future tanks. i want to build out another 10 x 8 x 10" shallow tank for some musk turtles.
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Post Posted: Wed Aug 11, 2021 6:28 pm   Re: 720 gallon plywood build

LOL reaching into the tank... imagining a turtle trying hard not to be caught :lol:

Glad to know things generally worked out, it looked pretty solid from the beginning. Looking forward to see what else you come up with!
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Post Posted: Sat Aug 28, 2021 7:28 pm   Re: 720 gallon plywood build

Got the sump planted, and upflow biological tank in place. pics below:

https://imgur.com/gallery/XmK7aPZ
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Post Posted: Sat Aug 28, 2021 11:32 pm   Re: 720 gallon plywood build

The planted sump looks great. Any other critters in there?
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Post Posted: Sun Aug 29, 2021 5:58 pm   Re: 720 gallon plywood build

thanks! theres a bunch of snails currently. i may add some freshwater clams to the sump area later down the road.

Put Phil in the new tank today. i think he likes it!

https://imgur.com/gallery/J4B3q0x
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Post Posted: Sun Aug 29, 2021 7:31 pm   Re: 720 gallon plywood build

Phil looks boss in there. Nice pics, your hard work is paying off :)
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Post Posted: Wed Sep 22, 2021 6:10 pm   Re: 720 gallon plywood build

so the floating bog didnt work out as i couldnt get any grass to grow. decided to go another route for the basking area.

https://imgur.com/gallery/dBtcrDZ
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Post Posted: Wed Sep 22, 2021 10:40 pm   Re: 720 gallon plywood build

A solid basking area should do a better job at drying plastron. It does look like you had moss in there, that didn't work either?
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