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Rainforest Effect - Vivarium

How To Build A Rainforest Effect - Vivarium

Rainforest Effect - Vivarium

This article explains how to design your vivarium so that its interior has the dense coverage associated with the rainforest. We hope this article helps to inspire you.

For the purpose of this article we will assume that your vivarium is already built and sealed.

First apply 1 heavy coat of light colored base paint. (The light green.) The mini-rollers will help speed this up.

Rainforest Effect - Vivarium

Pour a small amount of darker paint into the plate. This will be used to create the rainforest effect on the walls.

Rainforest Effect - Vivarium

Next scrunch up a carrier bag. This will be used in place of a brush to create the illusion of a dense forest.

Rainforest Vivarium

Dip the carrier bag into the paint and lightly dab it onto the walls.

Rainforest Effect

Review your work to ensure the effect is coming out as planned. It should look something like the images below.

Rainforest
Vivarium

Since I didn't want my existing lizards to suffer from solvent based fumes, I used 4-5 heavy coats of water based varnish on the walls, floor and ceiling.

Rainforest Vivarium

Once the paint has dried, as well as any varnishes you may have used to seal it, it is time to fit the lights, add substrate, decor, branches, etc.

Rainforest Enclosure
Rainforest Vivarium
Vivarium

The mesh on the walls of my vivarium was a personal touch.

The final and most rewarding step is to add the occupants.

Rainforest Effect - Vivarium

I hope this article has inspired you to be creative. Once the paint has sealed you could add corkbark, branches, large stones, etc. to further enhance the vivarium. Your imagination and own creativity are your limits.

Attribution

Author: James Sharp
Images - © James Sharp