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Old 02-01-2009, 03:31 AM
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Well, the time has come and I'm finally building a vivarium with the assistance of my dad. We tend to do a lot of projects together and we haven't really done anything in awhile so I asked him to help. I'll try and update it as much as possible but I have limited time with a camera so I'll have to progress slowly as I don't own one myself.

Comments/Criticism is appreciated.

We just started and I've decided I'm going to take things slow just to be sure things dry right. So in the pictures below you can see the egg crate we added in to give easy access a future pump.




I let the eggcrate get secure before I started to add the GS, here's a picture of me finishing applying it.

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Are you going to do a false bottom or what? I'm just wondering how the pump is going to get to the water if you put great stuff all the way to the bottom?
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Old 02-01-2009, 02:51 PM
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I'll be carving it out of the way near the bottom, I thought it would be easier if I just applied it then carved out as needed.
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So after waking up I've gone and looked at it and I've got a few questions. First off, After cutting off the top there was a big hole, and basically nothing in the middle has cured, or even looks like the foam. It just looks like a bunch of bubbly honey. Is this suppose to happen? Is it because I put it on uncured silicon? Because the silicon has yet to cure too, but the silicon on the outside of the foam has.

I'm prolly going to have to redo it because it looks like a complete mess. Weee
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it needs more time to cure its better if you do the gs in small layers and let it dry, also silicon will set in a few hours but can take up to a week to cure.
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So after waiting a few days I decided to give it another go and I'm very pleased with the results this time. Last time I put on too much, oh well, I learn from my mistakes. Anyway, here are some pictures for the finished result.




Please let me know what you think, I'm new to this stuff and would really appreciate the feedback.

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It looks good so far!
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How long should I wait before applying peat moss?

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Old 02-10-2009, 10:35 PM
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Finally finished the background, except for some minor spots that I'll be filling soon, got my gravel and my hydrotron should be comming in the mail soon so I'll be able to get that in and start planting.





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Tank looks really god so far and I love the rat. They make great pets ( I want a gray hooded dumbo, theyre soo cute), since I work at a pet store and we sell feeder rats, I often encounter some really cute and friendly ones, I try to save as many as I can and sell them as pets, lol...sorry got a little off topic
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Ontopic: Thanks, it's my first viv.

Offtopic: I plan on getting any two hooded dumbo soon, because I gave my current rats to my sister(the one seen and a white one off camera). They're awesome pets, especially when they're old enough to be trained.
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So I progressed pretty far and ordered some plants for my viv and this is the product. I still have a little work to do on it, gunna buy some moss and a few more plants, but other then that it's done, except for lighting and frog proofing and whatnot.

Pictures below.





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Why don't you put that airplant on the backwall? It will definately rot in that soggy soil that you have there.
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It was actually just sitting there for the picture, I'm gunna attach it tonight.
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