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Old 01-15-2017, 07:53 PM
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So Its been a long time. I've been out of the dendroboard loop for awhile but I though maybe this build would encourage those of us who have limited space to
Be creative with the space you have and not give up.

Sherwin Williams was redoing their wallpaper display shelving at my local store and they gave me the two they were getting rid of.
They are 6.5' tall 4'wide and two ft deep.



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Old 01-15-2017, 08:04 PM
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The shelves themselves are 18" deep so I am going to rearrange the spacing and extend them. I want my tanks to be two feet deep.

My basic layout will be two 48"x 24"x 36"Vivariums across the upper part of the cases and four 24"x 24"x 36" Vivariums under them.
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Old 01-15-2017, 09:46 PM
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I love Craigslist! I found a Church that was replacing its windows. 11 sheets of 1/4" glass. For free!

It was pretty dirty and had calcium build up or staining.
I looked on YouTube and found a guy who uses used glass to build aquariums.
He uses Barkeepers Friend.
It will make cloudy glass look new!
It is also food safe. You just have to make sure you rinse it all off.

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Old 01-15-2017, 10:00 PM
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Here are some pictures of the first vivarium.
Built with salvaged glass.

Thanks to my friend Zack (pictured) who helped with the assembly.







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Old 01-15-2017, 10:19 PM
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Here it is on the shelf.



I Ductaped a piece of packing foam to the shelf to keep it from slipping and help protect the glass.
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Old 01-15-2017, 10:36 PM
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My idea for this vivarium is to have a stump/root system on the left and a large Rock on the Right.

Getting eggcrate to fit inside a vivarium has always been a chalange for me.
I just found a trick. No more measuring!🎉
If you just lay it on top of the vivarium you can see exactly where to mark it and cut it out!





Another trick I found helps is to always keep the heads of your Zipties on the underside. When you tighten them you don't have to trim them and it saves time.





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Looks phenomenal, I wish I was handy enough to do a custom job like that. Curious what style you're going with for the doors and vents?

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Old 01-15-2017, 10:57 PM
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That's an awesome set up.. nice custom work

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Old 01-16-2017, 09:11 PM
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That is some great handiwork!
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Old 01-16-2017, 11:57 PM
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Sorry it's taken so long to get back with you.
I'm going with Sherman tanks design for the front vent.
I bought all the track and stainless steel screen from Him.
From what I have heard his track is the best!
He mills it all and whatever he uses is really slick!

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Old 01-17-2017, 12:18 AM
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Thanks all for the kind words. I don't have a lot of experience with cutting glass but I'm learning. I've found that it is super helpful to use a high quality cutter.
I've had quite a few lines that didn't shap straight after I scored them.
It's extremely important to have clean glass and score in one pass. No stopping and starting.
I also use a running tool that helps a lot. There are some cheaper kinds but I really like the way these work.

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Old 01-17-2017, 12:52 AM
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Your build looks good!!! I can't wait to see how this turns out! Any ideas for inhabitants? Plants?
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My plan for this build is to house Large Obligates.
Since I have limited space I have decided that is the direction I want to go with my collection.
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Id like to keep it pretty natural and use plants native to

Colombia, Paru, Equador and Brazil.
I'm pretty much open to using anything though

Does anyone have suggestions for epiphytes from those countries?
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Old 01-17-2017, 04:29 AM
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Here are a few shots of the front vent.







I needed a support on the inside to hold the vent level while it dries. So I used a couple pieces of eggcrate.



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Old 01-17-2017, 01:06 PM
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I siliconed the cork to the glass and when it was dry I filled the gaps with pond and landscape foam.




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Almost done.






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I love it!
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This is looking VERY awesome so far. Subscribed!
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Thank you.

I have begun the next Vivarium and think I will try to continue the theme so that when all of them are done they will all look like part of the same picture.
Here are a few pictures of my preliminary Rock sculptures.







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Here are some pictures of how I am covering my boulders.









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I made some hidden caves for film canisters/egg laying sites.








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What do you guys think? I have some cork rounds I want to put together to make a massive vine that visually looks like it starts in one Vivarium and continues through the other.?





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Inspirational so far. I'm hoping to do a big build some time this year and this is making me want to start sooner than later.
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Old 01-21-2017, 08:24 PM
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Inspirational so far. I'm hoping to do a big build some time this year and this is making me want to start sooner than later.
That would be awesome! You should do it. When you do let me know I'll be interested to see your work. Also I'd be glad to help in any way I can.


I really like working with this blue foam board.
It's easier to make look like rock than some foams because of the way it snaps in a clean round way. Sort of like flint.
I just cut things to the basic shape I want and then dig my fingers into it and break off what I don't want.

Here is my progress since this morning.







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What did you coat the foam with dryloc?

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What did you coat the foam with dryloc?

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I have been mixing 2 cups Titebond III to 1 cup red clay with half a cup of ground Fir bark powder in my blender for texture.

I have also been using Kitty Diggins fragrance- free cat litter (Fuller's Earth) mixed with Tightbond III to coat the foam between the cork slabs on the background and the flying buttress stump.
While it's wet I press moss into it or whatever I want to use to give it texture.





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What did you coat the foam with dryloc?

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I like using Tightbond III because you can color it to whatever you want by what you mix into it. And if you want more texture while it is wet you can sprinkle, blow or pat pretty much anything into it.

I also mixed a little milk and yogurt when I was blending it.
I'm hoping that will give the surface a slight acidity that will encourage moss growth.
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Looks awesome can't wait to see them finished!

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Looks awesome can't wait to see them finished!

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Thanks I'm pretty excited about getting them done and getting frogs in them Too.
I don't know if it comes through in my posting but I'm Super excited about this build! I hope that it is an encouragement and help to someone.
Happy frogging.😊
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I had just posted a question asking if you can use hobby foam/insulation panels for this purpose so you did encourage me to try something new!

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Progress update.
I now have the vent and track installed.
Prepping for foam and cork.


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These are going to look really exciting!
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What do you do with your cork background when your vivarium is too big to handle all by yourself?
You Stick-em-up!


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Sometimes it's hard to visualize the size of a vivarium without anything to compare to so my daughter took this picture today.
Progress has been sort of slow the last few days. I'm trying to find a cheaper source for the black Touch N Foam pond foam.
At my local hardware store it's $8.99

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Nice! Quite a bit larger than I would have guessed just from the pictures.
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