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Old 12-31-2017, 09:19 AM
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Hello to all!

I started this thread to show off my first vivarium.
There's been a fair amount of time that I've put into designing what I have so-far and building the base. Despite the time spent reading, I'm sure that there are a fair few items or ideas that I'm missing going forward - so please throw in whatever thoughts you have.

My vivarium was inspired by Justin Grimm's Pensinsula build. This vivarium was actually what got me thinking I would build a vivarium in the first place. For those who haven't seen it - here's a link to the youtube video that I first encountered.
. If possible, I would like to build something along these lines.

Everything has been built from scratch so-far. The wooden base was made from maple wood. I also built the tank using 1/4" glass.

Here are some of the images of the set-up. The vivarium itself is 24" tall, 24" wide by 20" deep. The whole thing is 6'4" by 2' by 2'

The vivarium will house some river fish to start off with and I'm not sure if I will put in dart frogs. I've never owned dart frogs and I'm more excited about the plants.

At the base of the vivarium I'm going to have some sand and then soil overtop to hold approximately 4" of water. I'll grow some grass at the bottom and put in some small wooden pieces and some small rocks.

The background I am thinking will have expanding foam overtop of a styrofoam sheet. I have some coco-fibre husk that has been drying out for a long period of time that I'm going to cover the expanding foam with. I have some cork bark that I am considering using along with the cocofibre... but I'm wondering if that bark is going to loo like it doesn't belong - almost an odd appearance to it. I also have some malaysian drift wood pieces that I could use but again I don't want to overcrowd it and I'm just not sure where it should go. So as you can see, I'm a bit nervous about doing the background. Partly because I would like to incorporate a pump and create a waterfall of some sort, and I'm not sure how to I should go about it. I know how to do the work - I just don't want to either overcrowd the vivarium and I want to make sure that it looks natural.

I'll attach the images to date. Please pass along feedback!

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This will be incredible! Are the lights sunblaster T5HO?
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Thanks!
The lights are actually an area that I'm considering fixing up. Presently, I've got an exoterra automatic light cycle unit. It's supposed to dim up to full power over a half an hour period and then dim down at the end of the day. ...it doesn't. All it does is turn on and off.

The lights inside are simply exoterra 20w repti-glo 5.0 bulbs.

The cables are bulky, it doesn't dim like it suggests it will, and it doesn't seem to give off much actual light. So I'm pretty sure that everything for lighting will be replaced.

Any suggestions?
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So I searched for those sunblaster and managed to get two 24" ones on sale. They're fricken brilliant! Worlds better than my cheap exoterra dimming unit.

Here's the lighting setup.
I need to get a 2prong elbow cable to reduce cords to one.
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They are bright. I have not used them in any vivariums, but I use them for my grow out/propagation chambers and they grow things very well.
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They are bright. I have not used them in any vivariums, but I use them for my grow out/propagation chambers and they grow things very well.
What size of a space do you use them in? I'm wondering if I've got enough light here with the two. There are still some areas that are in the shade when I have my drift wood set up.
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Clearly I've been a bit slow on the progress but it seems like there's a lot to still do.

Here is the Malaysian Drift Wood in the viv with what I have drafted up for the thicker tree roots.





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Those images didn't seem to show so posting as attachments. Also, I'm not clear on why these always seem to attach sideways...
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