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Old 08-12-2013, 04:46 PM
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So we found this great glass curio for $5 so we decided that it would make a great stacked viv for our new frogs! This is out first time building a viv so if we're fudging stuff up let us know!
To make it fair he is doing the top viv, I'm doing the bottom half, and we haven't decided what the nano tank on the very bottom should be yet :0. Let the ideas flow! This will be the future home of my Bakhui pair and my Patricia's once they are out of water.
Have to find a local breeder with some thumbnails for the nano. Any species recommendations?
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First....waterproofing! We used silicon glass and acrylic spray sealer.
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Since I put thinner layers of silicon it's now dry (allow at least 24 hours to dry)
Now! I'm doing a "rock" wall on the back of my half using GS (good stuff foam in a can)
Here's how it turned out

GS has to cure for a couple days Ill have to wait until I can start carving it out. :/ I will warn you GS looks amazing but is a pain in the ass (I did not get frustrated and smear the whole back and get tacky yellow foam stuck to my hands).
Scott decided to do without the wall .
Thanks guys I hope you tune in to see the rest!
Any tips or warnings are greatly appreciated. I would love to see anyone else's conversions/builds!
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Old 08-12-2013, 05:10 PM
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Make sure you seal all of your wood. the moisture will soften the poly and it will leak.
And silicone about a 4"high pc of glass inside at the bottom to dam back the water from running out under the door.
How are you going to light the bottom section if the top has a bottom?
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Old 08-12-2013, 05:27 PM
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I'm getting glass cut for the bottom as we speak. I'm covering wood on the bottom wood with glass and silicon creases (have to carve out my GS mess i made on the bottom first) and a 3.5 inch tall damn on the front of all 3. Also working on building a false bottom and drainage plugs. Yes on the light for mine. my drill broke the other day so I haven't been able to drill a hole for the cord just yet. The top and very bottom are prewired.
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Remember water and electricity don't play well together, and a climbing frog can get burned on a bulb.

LEDs are a good bet. Or screen barrier over bulb.
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How do you plan on draining this and removing excess water? Is there a drainage layer in the tank next to the curio?
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How do you plan on draining this and removing excess water? Is there a drainage layer in the tank next to the curio?
Yes as I said before I'm building a false bottom on this one and once I get a new drilling I'm drilling a hole with a plug to drain the stacked tanks. My current tank does have a hydroton drainage layer but no way to physically drain it so far.
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How do you plan on draining this and removing excess water? Is there a drainage layer in the tank next to the curio?
Yes as I said before I'm building a false bottom on this one and once I get a new drilling I'm drilling a hole with a plug to drain the stacked tanks. My current tank does have a hydroton drainage layer but no way to physically drain it so far.
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Yes as I said before I'm building a false bottom on this one and once I get a new drilling I'm drilling a hole with a plug to drain the stacked tanks. My current tank does have a hydroton drainage layer but no way to physically drain it so far.
You just pull your screen back in one corner and suck water out with a turkey baster
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Old 08-12-2013, 08:21 PM
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Well that's a lot easier lol and I was planning on doing LEDs because I have an indoor nursery with 2 1000w fixtures going 12 hours a day my power bill sucks
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You just pull your screen back in one corner and suck water out with a turkey baster
Or install a small pvc tube and hide it with leaf litter, use a siphon inserted in it to drain the tank That's what I did for my terriblis tank, since it doesn't have a pond area.
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First coat! I used a mixture of moss and tree fern and TB3. The mod tire was heavy and didn't want to stick at first so I am doing it in coats also dug out some places for plants but I liked the cool bubbly look so I didn't carve the foam too much.
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I can't wait to see more pics!
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All done and loaded with frogs!


Bakhuis are up top and leucs are on the bottom.

Top
Everything on the walls is made with suction cups or magnets so you can rearrange whenever (the theme he based his off of)


You can see my male Bakhui if you look close






Bottom
Can't wait for the foliage to fill in everything. I have two vines suctioned up to the sides I'm hoping will climb around and I have live moss from glass box tropicals on its way.

Aluminum pilea cutting isn't doing so hot here (has perked up some)




Thanks everyone you've been a huge help!
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So I got the cocohuts in there haha now we wait! So excited for the foliage to take off so it doesn't look so bare. I have a begonia and some live moss on its way :0!

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super cool idea! may have to give that a shot one day
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super cool idea! may have to give that a shot one day
It's so much fun to convert stuff. Hella cheaper too but a lot of work. We probably put a total of $50 for everything in the cabinet besides the frogs and plants. If you look in your local classifieds (we have KSL online here like Craig's list but local) and you can get so much free shit from business' closing or storage units. We have a display case we are converting soon for the Patricia tads. So excited! It's 2'x3'x2' gonna be fun!
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Cool find and conversion!
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