I've been reading your posts for a while now mostly from the background - in stalker fashion. However, I thought it about time to say hello......plus I'm after some advice.
My girl bought me a scorpion last year for my birthday which was really cool but ever since then I've wanted to put him together a 'super-home' so he's all cosy. Then I'm wanting to get him a lady friend.
At the moment he's in a relatively small fish tank so the idea is to build the new one and move them both in at the same time (I read it's best to do it like that).
Ok....So I bought a 3ft x 1ft tank and I know it's pretty big but I'm going to fill it with lots of holes and rainforest decorations. I'm also hoping I'll be able to keep a few more in it in the future when they breed...but that's another story.
I've been thinking about this for ages and doing lots of reading but I still have some questions and hoped you guys could help;
The tank is made from untreated MDF as it was the only one I could find in that style, so first question is what's the best thing to waterproof it in? Some places I have read to use Yacht Varnish, others Ronseal floor varnish and some Epoxy Resin. I'm a little conscious that there's going to be lots of heat and humidity in there and I really don't want to poison him. Does anyone have any advice on this, maybe someone has used one of these in their builds?
Secondly, I'm still torn between false bottom vs external fogger that feeds in with a pipe. If I go the fogger route I'll be lining the bottom with pond liner, using hydroballs and then putting mesh on top before the coco fibre substrate. Does the water in the bottom not go stagnant using this method? Will it need to have some sort of nylon wick system built in to draw the water up? and I guess ultimately - do you guys and gals think a false bottom is better than feeding fog into it? (I have a system that can monitor humidity and pump fog in when needed)
At the moment I'm just spraying the substrate regularly but want to set something up where I don't have to keep doing so as I'm pretty sure I'm just annoying him by lifting the lid all the time.
Well, I have a lot more questions but would be grateful if anyone can give me a little feedback on the above so I can get started with the build. The new tank is sat on the table at the moment and I know he saw me bring it in so I feel kinda guilty
Other than that....good meeting you and I'm looking forward to getting involved in the forum