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Old 02-25-2006, 12:40 AM
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I am in the process or working up a 2.5 gal tank display...below are the details. What do you all think. I am not sure if I want to try vert or horizontal....I am leaning to the vert display more.



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just looking at the tanks though i prefer the verticle, but it depends on what kind of frogs you want. i imagine not many would fit in those tanks. nice drawings.
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I was not really thinking of placing frogs in them....just wanted a nice little setup to put on my desk at work :lol:

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do the vert display.. easier access to feed the frogs and u only have to have 1 base and 1 top. Plus you have more tank space too.
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alright, then i definately say vert. i'd never be able to build some little tanks without trying to find some sort of animal in there!
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The only thing that I am hung up on is the vert door construction.

I would like to go with the FCA vert inserts (as they are very functional and look clean ), however that would make the cost to build this setup go up by about 60% ops:

I am open to any ideas/suggestions that you may have.

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may i ask why you are going with 2.5 gallon verts instead of a single larger tank like a 10 or 18?
i think it would lower costs considerably.
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I'd go with the 3 verst because you can land scape them so they look like they go together, with the two horizontals you just two tanks that don't work together to make a landscape.



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i agree with twisner, but i also think that three tanks together makes it more of composition or piece of artwork if you ask me.

if i'm not mistaken the opening would be 12" x 6". if so you could prolly get away with the cheap 1/4" extruded acrylic from lowes. you'd just have to make a lip across the bottom and then a door that hinges onto that. though that also adds cost b/c you'd need a hinge, silicone, and some sort of clip to keep it closed.
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I'm doing the exact same project except with just one tank. I'm setting it up vertical. For $7 you can go to Lowes and get ONE piece of glass cut that will be enough for all 3 of those tanks. Just have them cut 3 pieces out of the one piece that they sell for $7. Good luck.
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Going Verticle will give you more Growing Heigth for Plants.

Even in Larger Tanks by the time you add drainage matterial and soil you lose alot of space in the Tanks.

Although Watering will be easier in Horizontals. Also if you not going to have any critters in them, there will be no need for a glass or plexiglass lid. Going Verticle you will need to have inserts in them to keep soil inside. And also sealed so water will not run out.

Keep in Mind even with just plants you will need some ventilation.
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I vote for the vertical setup too. I like the idea Mike suggested about making the landscape match so it looks like one big tank. Another idea is to remove the plastic rings from around the tanks and attach the front glass directly to the sides. It looks a little cleaner to me without the plastic and you can butt them right up to each other with no gap in between. I have thought about setting up something similar to use as quarantine enclosures. Keep us updated on the progress.
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I decided to go with the 2.5 g tanks for a small, yet nice footprint. I work in an office and cannot have anything much larger than this. I could probably go with one 10 gallon, but that would be generic :lol:

I am going to go with the vert display and hope to start on the base/hood within the week.
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If you could, keep us posed with pics and such. I think this is a really cool idea and I may end up doing something similar for my mom. She loves my tanks but doesn't want to take care of the frogs.



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Very cool idea, although as was previously mentioned, the tanks are too small to keep anything inside them, unless you have any insects/arachnids that would fit the climate.

Where are you buying the lights from? I see that you are getting 4 15w bulbs for $10. That is a pretty good deal, do they come with ballasts and/or sockets?

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