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Old 06-19-2020, 06:20 PM
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Hi, so I'm redoing my 20 gallon high vivarium for the 2nd time now! I decided to add an addition on top of the terrarium, combining the canopy ideas and a plywood terrarium. I'm hoping to also redo the water part also in order to expand it. Here's what my 20 high look like currently before I tear it apart today.
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Old 06-19-2020, 06:25 PM
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Here's my build from yesterday,not great of a builder and was using scrap pieces of wood from around my house, was off by like a quarter of an inch for the back panel, but I manage to fix it. I painted polyurethane to help protect the wood from water and humidity.
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Old 06-19-2020, 06:36 PM
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Here's my build from yesterday,not great of a builder and was using scrap pieces of wood from around my house, was off by like a quarter of an inch for the back panel, but I manage to fix it. I painted polyurethane to help protect the wood from water and humidity.
I don't know if you already did this or not but definitely paint the entire structure (or apply other waterproof coating to the outside) not just the inside. It looks like you are using regular plywood (as opposed to marine plywood) so if water gets into the edges it will basically start delaminating the whole thing.

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Please don't make the water feature bigger it is taking away the most usable space the frogs have.
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I don't know if you already did this or not but definitely paint the entire structure (or apply other waterproof coating to the outside) not just the inside. It looks like you are using regular plywood (as opposed to marine plywood) so if water gets into the edges it will basically start delaminating the whole thing.

And here follows the obligatory anti-water feature pitch:

Please don't make the water feature bigger it is taking away the most usable space the frogs have.
Problem is my polyurethane is gray color, I put a stain on the outside tho. This vivarium/paludarium isn't for frogs! Still not sure entirely what I want to do for the water feature, as I am not sure if I want the bottom opened for fish(I have one aggressive zebra danio that I wanna put in here).
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Problem is my polyurethane is gray color, I put a stain on the outside tho. This vivarium/paludarium isn't for frogs! Still not sure entirely what I want to do for the water feature, as I am not sure if I want the bottom opened for fish(I have one aggressive zebra danio that I wanna put in here).
AHH sorry didn't realize this was not for frogs.

If it's just stain it won't protect the outside. Its not that the whole thing can't work without this added protection, but rather that the life expectancy will definitely drop.

Anyway you can get some protection by at least painting the edges. Tape off the rest so your paint doesn't get elsewhere.

If you don't mind buying more materials then pick up clear polyurethane at the hardware store. For under 10 dollars you can have an outdoor rated product that will protect the outside while preserving the look of the grain.

If planning to put fish in there then you either need filtration or a lot of underwater plants or its just a really big ol fish bowl thats a pain to do water changes with ;P
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AHH sorry didn't realize this was not for frogs.

If it's just stain it won't protect the outside. Its not that the whole thing can't work without this added protection, but rather that the life expectancy will definitely drop.

Anyway you can get some protection by at least painting the edges. Tape off the rest so your paint doesn't get elsewhere.

If you don't mind buying more materials then pick up clear polyurethane at the hardware store. For under 10 dollars you can have an outdoor rated product that will protect the outside while preserving the look of the grain.

If planning to put fish in there then you either need filtration or a lot of underwater plants or its just a really big ol fish bowl thats a pain to do water changes with ;P
Yeah, I painted the edge of the wood with it, I might do more right now however as this would be better long term!

This terrarium currently houses my armored millipedes and Dubai roaches, I know eeekkk.

I'm currently using what my dad has in his workshop! But the actual construction isn't that great, the doors I have will have gaps, but this is my first build besides my aquarium stand from 2 years ago which was way easier to do! Definetly learned a lot from building this such as...using levels and actually measuring things correctly.

In terms of the water feature, I currently have a river that leads to the pond of water that is being delt with a pump. Still have to work on the design by what I want to do with the new layout, I do know I want to do a step like part, so that I can put some emersed aquatic plants that come out of the water.
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Did my new false bottom today with foaming!
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Here's an update!
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Looking good so far can't wait to see more progress.
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It's been awhile and I forgot to update this! I did have plumbing problems as I wanted to just put 2 airline tubing one going to the river and the other flowing up to the 2nd shelf. Still tryna work on that drip irrigation system. Definetly learned a lot from this build as I didn't construct this too well such as gaps, mismeasurement and some other small things. This will only be up for 2 years tho, so I'll definetly will redo this sometime in the future.
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