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Old 02-28-2019, 03:58 AM
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I'm planning to upgrade my two juvi crested geckos to their adult bioactive tanks within the next few months. Right now they're both in diy vert 10 gals with a simple grout+styrofoam trees and some pothos and bromeliads. I'm trying to decide if I want to convert two separate tanks: a 29 gal diy vert and a 35 hex. OR if I want to try to convert this large 5 sided glass curio cabinet with front opening glass doors into a "gecko apartment". The curio is divided in half by a solid wood shelf. I like the idea of the gecko apartment but it's different from other builds I've done and I'm not 100% how the floor would work? Can I just seal it well with aquarium silicone and then add a false bottom and proceed with the build like a regular vivarium? Because their cresteds they don't need as moist an environment and I would probably continue to manually mist as necessary like I'm doing now. I'd add a pic of the curio but can't figure out how.

Eventually I'd like to get into dart frogs, specifically tincs but I'm still in the very early stages of research.
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Old 02-28-2019, 06:47 PM
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Welcome to the forum.

Here is how you can add photos:

As for the curio. Not sure how long it would hold up over time.

Tincs are a great species to work with. Bold and hardy captives.

Good luck
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Old 02-28-2019, 08:54 PM
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Here's a link to the curio I'm thinking about using, hopefully this one specifically or something similar. I'm gonna search around this forum for similar builds but would love some more input on how others would go about this
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You can seal the wood on a curio cabinet, or any wood build for that matter, with epoxy paint. Similar to the A/B bathtub repair kit paints you find at hardware stores or online. It wouldn't be clear, so the wood look would be gone anywhere you used it. It would hold up to the moisture however. You might need to strip the existing finish if you didn't know for sure it would be compatible. I've used it on raw wood and it works great.
In general these types of furniture to vivarium conversions are trickier and more expensive than converting aquariums. And it might be better to give it a try after you've built a few more standard vivs and have a good grasp of how that process goes. You will need a bulletproof -waterproof and non-toxic interior for success. That can be tricky with cabinets and display cases.
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