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Good little starter viv

Discussion in 'Vivariums' started by Gewanchuk, Jul 14, 2007.

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  1. Gewanchuk

    Gewanchuk Junior Member

    Hey, I thought I'd share some pics of the vivarium I just finished. It's a false bottom style with a coated foam waterfall feature in a 55 gallon aquarium. The lighting is a mega ray sb that I let burn in first and night time heat is from a 60 watt heat coil. I have a large computer fan ventilating the whole thing and it's working pretty good. This one's just temporary until I move in to my new house and start a big one. I think I spent too much money for a temp. enclosure.
     

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  2. kriminaal

    kriminaal HH Block Leader Staff Member Premium Member

    Awesome job.
     
  3. ajvw

    ajvw Subscribed User

    Looks amazing! I'm very impressed!
     
  4. venus

    venus Founding Member

    Looks great, I love the bromeliads.
     
  5. CodyW

    CodyW Elite Member

    Nice looking setup! You could always keep it and make it not so temporary.
     
  6. schlegelbagel

    schlegelbagel Frog Lover Premium Member

    very nice. I would keep it and maybe when your enhabitant gets too big, get something to keep in there who would be smaller. maybe a pair of frogs?
     
  7. Gewanchuk

    Gewanchuk Junior Member

    Ya I suppose I could get some day geckos or something to fill it after the dragons out grow it. Or maybe sell it to pay for a part of the new cage that will surely bankrupt me. He he..
     
  8. schlegelbagel

    schlegelbagel Frog Lover Premium Member

    my next viv i want to build is a 75 gallon vertical conversion for a whole mess of red eyed tree frogs. Building vivs is addicting. Do you have any others you have built to share?
     
  9. Gewanchuk

    Gewanchuk Junior Member

    No sorry..... I have tons of ideas though. I really want to build a greenhouse enclosure off my patio but the heating in the winter would be ridiculous. Wouldn't that be nice to just sit and read a book or something in a small jungle. I'll have to compromise and use a spare room.
     
  10. meki

    meki Elite Member

    Wow!
    Looks beautiful!
    Can you post some comments on how you made the waterfall, steps and how you sealed it off.

    Thanks!
     
  11. Gewanchuk

    Gewanchuk Junior Member

    The waterfall was fairly easy. I wanted to be able to take the whole thing out of the cage for cleaning so I used a 1/8" plexiglass backing instead of foaming the actual walls in the cage. Two pieces siliconed together at a 90 degree angle with GE II black silicone. Then I cut a peice of plywood for the base. I cut the plywood shorter than the plexiglass (2") to allow for the foam to cover the plywood without extruding beyond the plexiglass backing. I drilled some holes in the plexiglass where I wanted the plywood and attached it using small brass screws. The base added alot of support to the flimsy plexi. After that I just applied some polyurethane foam (great stuff-red can) in layers. Let one layer dry before applying the next one or you'll end up with a useless foam block. Basically I kept tracing a square on the edge of the plywood base until I had the height I wanted. After I had the edges done I just blended the rest of it in to the backing to look more natural and not like I used a piece of plywood for a waterfall. This foam is great for carving. I carved the spout of the waterfall really easily. When the foam was set according to the directions I used a whole bunch of silicone to seal everything which was the biggest pain in the *** of the whole thing. Two tubes of black and one of white. They mix very well to get all kinds of shades of grey. After fixing numerous leaks and testing this thing in my sink, it finally held. The pump is a fluval 305 canister filter with the hoses coming in through the back of the canopy I made. Unfortunately I read the directions of the pump after I assembled everything. They tell you that the water level should not be more than 7" from the top of the aquarium so the pump doesn't have to work so hard to suck the water up. Mine's about 16" from the top. Needless to say, I have to fill the hoses with water prior to starting my pump. Another big pain. You live you learn. I hope I've explained everything. Anything else I can help with would be my pleasure.
     
  12. Gewanchuk

    Gewanchuk Junior Member

    I forgot to mention that the reason I used silicone is that for all the difficulties in spreading it and actually coating something with it, it cost me about 20 bucks as opposed to 60 for epoxy. Also you don't have to paint it or worry about the gloss. Good for small jobs like this. I worried about the toxicity but the folks at black jungle terrarium, among many others, use this stuff for frogs all the time.
     
  13. schlegelbagel

    schlegelbagel Frog Lover Premium Member

    yes, once silicone is dry, its non-toxic. I used it all over my frog vivarium.

    I just aquired 4 new frogs which brings my total up to 7. I'm keeping my eyes open for a used TV cabinet with doors so I can create a new, large vivarium for all of them. I like your waterfall idea and I too would like it to be totally removable for cleaning. Thanks.
     
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