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Old 04-30-2016, 01:34 AM
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Hello Everyone. I thought I would introduce myself and post some pics of my first Vivarium build. Not quite finished but almost there.
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Old 05-02-2016, 10:23 PM
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Hello!
I like the finished look of the background. Although I would have used more vines and other small details to give the big tubes you used a more natural look.
Also smaller leafs on the floor would help to give the idea of a bigger scene. Those ones are huge.
Just my two cents, because I'm really a total beginner in this hobby.
What did you use to cover the background? Because it looks great.
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Old 05-03-2016, 01:09 PM
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Your tank is going to look really nice when the plants start to take off. What material and method did you use to create the large vines? I'm also wondering what you used to build the access / vent boxes in the back of the tank? Very solid build, I like it.
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Thank you for the suggestions. For the larger roots/vines I bent metal wire to the shape the I wanted. Then I covered the wire in silicon and sprayed them with pond foam and carved them to the shape I wanted. I made the ventilation ducts out of corrugated plastic and they have PC fans inside for internal air circulation. The background is just pond foam, silicone, and peat moss.


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Old 05-12-2016, 12:32 AM
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I finally got my first frogs. A trio of "El Cope" Auratus.


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Very nice looking viv, nice choice of frogs to. But I agree smaller leaves may make it look a bit more proportional and natural.

All in all great job.
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Yeah I might switch them at some point but they seem to like the larger leaves. It gives them lots of places to hide.


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By metal wire for the vines, I hope you didn't use copper, because it is pretty toxic to fish and amphibians.
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No I would never use copper for anything I've maintained and 300 gallon reef tank for many years. Copper is very very bad


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It was stainless steel wire.


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