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Default 18"x18"x24" Exo-Terra (FEB 21 - Intermedius!)

Well here are some pics of my Exo-Terra that I have worked on for a couple days for (hopefully) some new thumbs!

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So far it looks very good.
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As in grow moss on it?
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I think you should mount that Hershey's bar in there somehow!

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Do you know what kind of thumb your getting and from where?
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No... Hersey was for energy at 3 am... hahaha.

Intermedius (standard) ... I hope.
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Great choice, I'm loving the intermedius I just got!
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Here is an update... finally got some plants to put in.

More plants on the way and these are freshly planted so they still look a little droopy because of the wash they got before going in.

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Nice looking tank. So you dont have any floorspace?
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Where the ferns are (lower right) is actually flat land. It is hard to get a picture that shows it as it is behind the plants and under that long piece of driftwood. But the flat part continues all the way to the back of the tank. The last bit right at the back is like a cave. It has a roof of driftwood and plants. I figured it may not be too good for viewing, but the frogs will have a private place to escape to where they have a large area where they cannot be disturbed.
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You may want to think about increasing you floor space. Say 1/2 or more... While I agree the look is nice, it may not be the best habitat for many frogs. For example my intermedius spend a considerable time on the ground...
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The area is about 10"x8" (had to take the measuring tape out).

Thats not enough floor space?
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Maybe the picture is just very misleading... Looks like piece of wood and thats it... Depending on the species maybe...
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I tried to get a picture of the floorspace behind the plants and driftwood... but none came out... I really designed it poorly when it comes to taking pictures of the floorspace. I admit the pictures look really flat. If I reach in I can rest my arm in the floorspace and it ends halfway between my wrist and my elbow. It has a base of orchid bark, jungle mix, coco fiber, and sphagnum moss. That is all topped off with 10-12 nice oak leaves.
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Based on this picture...



I agree with Kyle. It really doesn't seem like you have much flat ground for them to dwell in. You may want to consider that.
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Maybe make the whole right side floor space from the lock over. That would be an ok amount I would guess.
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I could turn that into a nice leaf litter bed... hmmmm.

I think I will do that. The pictures are misleading though. There really is more space than it looks.
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I have a small water area running across the front of my viv, just about 1Ē wide, and it seems to collect a large amount of fruit flies. The flies stay alive for quite a while floating around, but donít seem able to escape the surface tension of the water. Just thought I would mention it because it might be a problem for you too.
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So I added more floor space. I put in another piece of mopani to cut the water in half. So there is now walking space from just to the right of the lock all the way to the right side of the tank and all the way to the back.



What about now??? Better???

OH... and oak leaf litter added on top of dried (now moist) sphagnum moss. Oak was boiled for 15 min and then dried at 400F for about 40 min. Mwwwwaahahahaha.... I think nothing is left alive on those!
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nice mist system at the top.
how much did that cost ya?
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The misting system is from mistking. Without all the timers, bucket and other odds and ends it was about $165.
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Here are some night shots... I know some people dont like night lighting. It is really quite nice and dim. I had to play around with my camera shutter speed for a while and set it on top of some boxes (no tripod and shutter speed was so slow I wouldnt be able to hold it still).



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That came out very nice... Looks good!
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A few days ago I added a little fan to move air across the front glass. It works amazing. It runs only during the day ad clears the glass within 30-45min of starting up. I was worried about humidity levels so I put a second digital meter in the tank temporarily.

Daytime:

24C-25C at 90%-93% Humidity

Nighttime:

20C-21C at 95%-97% Humidity

Seems to be ok. It has been steady like that for almost a week.

Just a few pics showing off my clear glass and vitals.





If you notice the little weather station says its going to rain! IT RAINS EVERY DAY!!! :lol:
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Your viv looks great, I would really like to get a misting system like yours on my viv... kinda broke right now though.

Where did you get the meter, was it expensive?
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The meter is from my grandmothers table... very cheap FREE... but I have to put it back when I am done... hahaha. :lol:
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Hey, I have a small temp/ humidity guage and I love it, it is from Flukers, I think it costed 20 or 25 bucks.

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Hi there,

I have a Exoterra and I want to convert it to a vivarium, similiar to yours. My only concern is the humidity and how to fabricate the top to prevent loss of humidity and FF's. How did you do it and dan you post any pix of it? Thanks,

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I will post pics of it in a few days... on my way to work.
I was lucky enough to get an Exo-Terra that has pretty tight fitting doors though!
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Hi there,

I have a Exoterra and I want to convert it to a vivarium, similiar to yours. My only concern is the humidity and how to fabricate the top to prevent loss of humidity and FF's. How did you do it and dan you post any pix of it? Thanks,

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cut a piece of plexi to a size you want a silicone it to the top...............im lazy and have panes of glass sitting around and have just sat one on top .......close to perfet size......it leaves about 1/2 inch open on the front side of the top and the doors stay mostly fog free
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Same here - and the 'newer' exo-terras (at least the two I got) seem to have very tight fitting doors.
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Here are some more updates with more broms. The extra broms came from Drew from Canadart.

As for the top... the top is a piece of glass cut to size. The clip areas for the original mesh were removed with a dremel. Then the mesh screen covers about 1" of top. It is all siliconed in place and sealed.







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That looks great! I like the look of all the duckweed in the pond...gives a kinda 'marshish' look...
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Finally got my Intermedius from Ron Jung. I cant stop watching them.

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He got a little piece of dry moss on his head!





This is my favorite pic so far!

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Nice frogs, they might be the next frogs that I buy. There are so many frogs and I have so little money.


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Haha... Same... if only people would pay me to look at my frogs I could afford them all!
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