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40 Gal Breeder Vertical Vivarium Build

Posted 09-26-2013 at 03:43 PM by TreeBear
Updated 12-12-2013 at 08:01 PM by TreeBear

Hello all,

My thread on my 40 gallon vertical vivarium build will be coming soon. I will be doing a mini walk through highlighting my adventures with this custom build. Please follow or ask questions if interested. :) Thanks guys!



HERE is a more recent photo of my custom vivarium build. Please feel free to tell me what you you guys think!

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  1. Old Comment
    Ok, so here we go. Though I have worked on and build many tanks, terrariums and vivariums,this is my first time trying to make a walk-through on vivarium building.

    This is my 40 Gallon Breeder Vertical Vivarium build. I have a bunch of picture to illustrate what I go going on for this build, so bare with me because I'm new to the forum posting.

    Also, Let me start with this: I want to let all of you know that this build started with a re-designing and remodeling, the tank itself, I had already made custom with the design and build of the glass front and door--these are not kit parts or pieces. I had built this viv. prior, to house RETFs and I sry I didn't take photos at the time of the initial build, also it wasn't at all to the extent I have done this one. I since have done loads of work to this thing! If anyone would like information on how to build a custom glass front and door for a 40 gal breeder then just ask.
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    Posted 11-07-2013 at 03:38 AM by TreeBear TreeBear is offline
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    Here is a picture of the tank, all cleaned out and ready to go, before I started this build.

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    Posted 11-09-2013 at 06:58 AM by TreeBear TreeBear is offline
    Updated 11-24-2013 at 04:39 PM by TreeBear
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    Gathering all the necessary materials before the build starts is essential. In this case, I'm starting off with using Black Silicone to mask the background, on the back of the tank

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    Posted 11-09-2013 at 07:01 AM by TreeBear TreeBear is offline
    Updated 11-24-2013 at 04:40 PM by TreeBear
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    I then started to apply the Black silicone to the back. In doing this you have to move pretty quick, and the bigger the tank, the more difficult it can be to keep up with the pace of applying it because it can get tacky and start to gum up on you if you're not careful.

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    Posted 11-09-2013 at 07:06 AM by TreeBear TreeBear is offline
    Updated 11-24-2013 at 04:41 PM by TreeBear
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    Posted 11-09-2013 at 07:07 AM by TreeBear TreeBear is offline
    Updated 11-24-2013 at 04:41 PM by TreeBear
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    This is the view from the outside of the tank. The idea is that it should hide the ugliness of the background materials and the foam. It provides a seamless backing when viewing the tank, so that the mess of the GS foam or any of the other materials you use on the inside, are not shown through the sides of the tank. For this viv. I decided to do most of the back wall and then a little less than half of the side walls.

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    Posted 11-09-2013 at 07:12 AM by TreeBear TreeBear is offline
    Updated 11-24-2013 at 04:42 PM by TreeBear
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    Here, I added my cork pieces, which I spent a good deal of time cutting and tailoring to my tank and what I thought would work well with the visioning of my final viv. I spent out and incorporated a good deal of cork, and then I played around with positioning until I found what worked best and nicely for me. I then siliconed the pieces in.As you can see, I tried some different and unique techniques for mounting the cork pieces. Some are one the back wall and then also, I placed some on the sides of the tank.

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    Posted 11-09-2013 at 07:15 AM by TreeBear TreeBear is offline
    Updated 11-24-2013 at 04:58 PM by TreeBear
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    That is of course, well after letting all the prior silliconing cure. also, dont forget to leave plenty of space for the bottom (false bottom and room for substrate).

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    Posted 11-09-2013 at 07:17 AM by TreeBear TreeBear is offline
    Updated 11-24-2013 at 04:43 PM by TreeBear
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    Also, I felt I should mention, that prior to this, I had drilled this hole in the center of the top of the tank so that it could be plumbed for my mistking. :)

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    Posted 11-09-2013 at 07:19 AM by TreeBear TreeBear is offline
    Updated 11-24-2013 at 04:43 PM by TreeBear
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    Before going any further, I wanted to run some lines for possible irrigation or plumbing down the road, behind the workings of my cork pieces. One of the major lines, runs behind a large cork piece and i ran the tubing behind it, directing flow/runoff, straight to the bottom. This could also alternatively, be used as a line for a water feature if I wanted to incorporate that. The main reason I really put this here though, is for runoff from a planting I intend to do in the top of the cork piece there. The unique and unusual piece worked out perfect (naturally looking like a planter) and I had made these custom cuts to shape and design them prior to the build.

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    Posted 11-09-2013 at 07:23 AM by TreeBear TreeBear is offline
    Updated 11-24-2013 at 04:55 PM by TreeBear
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    If need be, as shown here, wax paper is a good material to use to avoid getting the material (foam and silicone) on any unintended surfaces.

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    Posted 11-09-2013 at 07:25 AM by TreeBear TreeBear is offline
    Updated 11-24-2013 at 04:45 PM by TreeBear
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    Posted 11-09-2013 at 07:26 AM by TreeBear TreeBear is offline
    Updated 11-24-2013 at 04:58 PM by TreeBear
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    After that, I started on filling out the background with the GS Foam. I used the Black Pond foam for the majority of it but I ran low before I could do all the parts and pieces of this large tank. I then had to just use another can of the regular foam. If you use large cork bark pieces like I did, you should start first by filling whatever gaps and spaces are behind them against the back glass and then work your way to the outer surfaces. As you can see the black foam covers most of what is in the back and underneath and then I used some of the regular foam to blend into the sides and give texture and depth to the field of vision. If there are large gaps and you need to put a bunch of foam in to cover them, then do that and then trim away the bulk or excess, but remember, this stuff expands!

    [URL=http://s806.photobucket.com/user/TreeBearJordan/media/Vivarium%20Construction/DSC_0070_zpsed28fb13.jpg.html][IMG]http://i806.photobucket.com/albums/yy343/TreeBearJordan/Vivarium%20Construction/DSC_0070_zpsed28fb13.jpg[/IMG][/URL]
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    Posted 11-24-2013 at 05:22 PM by TreeBear TreeBear is offline
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    Posted 11-24-2013 at 05:24 PM by TreeBear TreeBear is offline
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    I had to do a bunch of trim work to get the pieces fitted and the right shapes and textures that I wanted. This took a bit of time and patience

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    Posted 11-24-2013 at 05:26 PM by TreeBear TreeBear is offline
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    As you can see, the tubing is carefully foamed right into the back. This can make for a more sleek and streamlined look to the flow of everything

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    Posted 11-24-2013 at 05:29 PM by TreeBear TreeBear is offline
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    I had to work at sculpting the foam out of this part, to get my natural looking cork bark planter to work right. Here you can see the expansion of the foam, which I later cut and trimmed back to shape out a bowl in the cork where the tube is coming out. I then cut back all this tubing with a razor after this stage and concealed it neatly behind the cork. The idea of the tubing is so that the water can come out, so you must cut it at the lowest point you can reach (inside of whatever pocket you've created).

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    Posted 11-24-2013 at 05:34 PM by TreeBear TreeBear is offline
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    At the bottom here, I had drilled a hole for a bulkhead. I made this bulkhead myself with a quick release elbow which I plumbed with 2 different kinds of tubing. the Tube leads out of the back and then can be hooked up to a pump and any excess bottom water can be sucked right out and into a bucket.

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    Posted 11-24-2013 at 05:38 PM by TreeBear TreeBear is offline
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    Then, I used coco fiber (Eco Earth) to cover my background. I got Brown GE silicone to apply the coco background, so that it could be concealed well. I covered pretty much, every little it of the foam that can be seen and I blended and masked it all in. This took quite some time and I'm sorry but I don't think I have any photos of that process.
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    Posted 11-24-2013 at 05:44 PM by TreeBear TreeBear is offline
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    Well, here is a picture of the Final Product of my project.
    At this stage, it is still filling in and I am cycling the tank (aka, waiting for things to establish in there).
    I still have other plants I want to place and I have plans to do that in a few weeks but for now I am still waiting for the mosses to grow in and for the overall environment to get settled. I added a springtail culture to the setup a couple weeks ago and I am now seeing them start to furnish the viv but it will take a little bit longer for them to proliferate. I also decided to keep a separate culture so that I can increase their population inside the viv later on if needed. Hope you guys like it. Feel Free to Leave Comments!! Tell me what you think please.

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    Posted 12-12-2013 at 07:58 PM by TreeBear TreeBear is offline
 
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