Okay, so maybe the glass wasn't custom, but everything else was. I built the canopy, stand and the stump, plus added a lot of extras. I'm very proud of the final product because I figured out a way to put in every feature I could think of with little compromise. For my 4 Borja Ridge Vents.
My very first decision was to do a 360 tank (inspired by the Frye brothers), so I sought out a hex on Craigslist. Paid $30.
I also had a hard time finding a place for this in my house. Right now I have three other set-ups in a former coat closet that is now a small frog room. But this project is out in the open, so I had to find a place where it wouldn't get too much direct light or too hot.
I looked for the suitable piece of driftwood to act as the tree stump, but I couldn't find that perfect piece so I ended up going the mortar route. The lichen affect is done with combos of white and green acrylic paint applied with sponge brushes. The moss is dried shag moss chopped up in a blender and glued on with a matte varnish. There is also some blended reindeer moss for additional variety and added texture. In the lower left that is an African violet, which will hopefully bloom again soon. There is also pothos, caladium, pilea cadierei, and a fern. The leaf litter is California Live Oak.
There is no water feature, so I had to keep my water reservoir accessible. What I did was measure out a small piece of pipe and covered it with a Brazilian nut pod. There are two other nut pods scattered that act as pools of water.
On to the canopy. The canopy top is made of two parts, so I can have quick access by removing the small section, or full access by swinging up the big section. Here, the small section is removed and has been placed in a box on the back (more on that in a sec). There is no handle, just a hole to stick a finger in and pull it out. That way it is more sleek.
Here the main section of the top has been swung open, giving you a look at the light set-up. It is 2 15W T8s overdriven. I bought the ballast, lamps and lamp holders separately at Home Depot. The reflecting system is simply plywood angled and painted flat white.
The lid is Lexan, which won't warp or sag, that I scored and snapped. Fits snuggly with no air leaks. The acrylic hinge and handle are from Josh's Frogs.
Okay, time for the gadgets. In order to keep the tank cool, I installed two 80MM fans to blow across the lamps. One blows air in, the other blows out, and they are offset to maximize air movement. They are hooked up to a CPU fan controller, which allows my to turn them off or turn them down so they aren't so noisy. The fan controller is powered by the CPU computer supply mounted just below the hinges. The black thing is the internal circulation fan inspired by Pigface. It can be turned on and off easily with the fan controller. Everything is detachable so I can take the canopy off easily. The lights are controlled with an electronic timer, and you can see the bulkhead where the mist enters the tank.
Here's a look at the fan controller, mounted inside on the front of the canopy so it can be quickly accessed by removing the small section of the lid. The LEDs are very bright, and provide ambient blue "moonlight" at night, which is neither here nor there.
Here is the internal fan system (before being spray painted black), which is sealed to the Lexan lid. A hole on either side of the small fan ensures air movement.
This is a doorbell buzzer. When the canopy is swung open, this is disengaged and the lights go off to prevent blindness, since I am absent minded and would likely forget to turn the lights of manually every time. Also borrowed this idea from a fellow DB member--I wish I remember who.
Finally, I added a little box on the outside of the back of the canopy for an ultrasonic cool mist humidifier. Keeping it outside prevents water from being close to the electronics inside the canopy. Idea came from Mike (Defaced).
Since I the tank is sealed and humidity is always very high, I only need to turn the humidifier on occasionally (mostly to show it off to friends). Therefore I spliced the power cord with a switch and mounted it to the outside. Flip the switch and I've got instant cool mist humidity!
You can see the stream of mist here.
Here is the tank after 20 mins. Sometimes the mist takes a few hours to get really thick, sometimes not.