I'll start this as a place holder for updates to my adventure in building my first vivarium. This is repurposed reef after 20 years playing with corals. I've just received my new lights today, dual LED units, Beamsworks SE QUAD lights (cheap Chinese product I hope I don't regret). I have most of my substrate supplies in the back of my car, using leca for a drainage layer, covered with landscape cloth separating it from the soil mix (coco fiber, orchid bark, sphagnum moss and carbon) Building a background out of foam with some wood accents, I have some cork flats arriving tomorrow, hopefully theyre usable for my design concept. Friend of mine has a shipping container of driftwood I'm trying to access, looking for the right center piece. I have one I love, but it's way too big and I'm not sure I can cut it into anything as nice. Going to hit up the garden center locally that has a huge selection of small tropicals, and will scrounge up some cuttings locally from other hobbyists. The tank is drilled, so mister line and humidity meter probe will come up from the bottom in a conduit to the top of the background. Yes, this will be sealed. Having a glass lid made, and building a screen slit for the back of the tank. Here's a shot of the bare tank with the way too big piece of wood. More to come as I get brave enough to start building.