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Old 05-28-2009, 01:36 PM
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I'm just about finished setting up a four foot rack with 5 vivaria, 1 carnivorous plant container and one 10 gal that I'm not sure what I'm going to to with.



I've posted the build journal (so far) here. Inhabitants are fants and Iquitos red vents in the cubes, Orange bassleri (soon) in the middle and I'm not sure what will be living up top - I want to keep an eye on temps before I make a decision - am thinking about saving my pennies for Escudos in the fall.
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Old 05-28-2009, 02:19 PM
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Smart thoughts on checking the temps on the top tank first. The lights underneath will definately affect it. I set my racks up with two main shelves for the tanks. I then add another shelf a couple inches below the shelf for the top tanks. I hang the lights for the lower tanks off it and then put in some 2" rigid foam insulation between the two.

This has worked very well for me and helps keep the temps in the upper tanks under control.
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Excellent idea on the insulation - I have just enough height on the poles/legs to pull this off so I can't retrofit, though. I'm putting a fan setup together for the top shelf/CF lights - my thought is that if I can move the warmer air sideways and away from the rack, everyone will be a lot happier.
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I like the rocky background on the top tank, what did you make it out of?
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The right side is made of tree fern chunks embedded in Handi-Foam. The plan is to have the left side covered by peperomia and the right side and ghost wood as brom/orchid area.
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cant wait to see it when it grows in
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nice setup! could someone fill me in on the two bottom cubes, please? what are those... 12"... 18" cubes? i've never seen those before, but they look VERY efficient. [they're really neat, too!] i would like to outfit an entire rack with nothing but those cubes! anyone know where they're manufactured, etc. so i can read-up on them, and potentially grab a few?
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16" cubes - I bought them used from another frogger, but here's where he got them. The frogger I got them from has some of the 20x20x24h (I think, unless they are customs) that are NICE!

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THANKS!!

they are "kinda pricey," but that really depends on how you look at it... that amount of money is certainly worth the cost if you think about it this way:

"X" cost = healthy, and productive decade [typical captive mean] for anuran species being housed...

definitely not a bad investment over time... i really like them! thanks again!
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Looks great John! Like the bassleri viv!
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