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Old 09-20-2013, 09:55 PM
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So my original thread was a ply wood build. But I saw this exo terra and could pass up on the deal I figured I would take the fall on the 20 $ I spent on the wood and grab this monster.


How you like that tight fit in a 2013 focus hatch haha. It's an 36" x 18" x 36" glass doored juggernaught.




The stuff it came with 6 dome fixtures and the monsoon rs400 with dual nozzles it does work I just tried it.



And finally after I had my brother in law get it in the apartment its not on the stand yet I'm going to scrub it clean.



You won't believed how much I paid for it. $ 140.00 for EVERYTHING.

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good price! looking forward to the build.
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You won't believed how much I paid for it. $ 140.00 for EVERYTHING.
even the bottle of jack? awesome!
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even the bottle of jack? awesome!
Unfortunately it wasn't that good of a deal!

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Just FYI, I've heard of issues with the monsoon turning on and then not turning off and flooding the viv... But with a viv that big, the water wouldn't really flood the tank. Lol it'd probably just raise the water level by a less than an inch...
I'm very jealous of that deal you got there... If you don't want it, and happen to drive down to socal, you know who to call
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Old 09-21-2013, 12:01 AM
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Just FYI, I've heard of issues with the monsoon turning on and then not turning off and flooding the viv... But with a viv that big, the water wouldn't really flood the tank. Lol it'd probably just raise the water level by a less than an inch...
I'm very jealous of that deal you got there... If you don't want it, and happen to drive down to socal, you know who to call
Yes I've heard of that issue as well maybe I will set it up on my own timer if that starts to happen. And so cals across the country hah I doubt I will ever be in that's region in my lifetime haha

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You might want to set it up on a timer before it starts. From the stories I've seen, it seems to always happen suddenly and when least expected.

Nice score btw, very very jealous!
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Great find!

As big as that thing is, the half gallon of water the Monsoon takes will be about right LOL
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I cant wait to see what you have planned with this behemoth of a tank. I too am jealous of the deal you got.
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The guy I got it from said he had six of them but hes moving and they wanted way to much to ship it so that's why I think it was so cheap. I'm not sure how I'm going to set it up I have ideas but nothing for sure yet

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Old 09-21-2013, 07:21 PM
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Not much of an update but this is it mocked up on the stand ignore the mess underneath the stand that's all going to change. Atm I'm trying to locate eggcrate or something like it.


Also I now have 8 dome light fixtures that's I will never need or use. Anyone in the pittsburgh area that wants them I'm willing to part with them very cheap.





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Just got back from my local hardware store to my surprise they had three egg crate sheets in stock so I bought them and they had touch n foam on sale! Super excited to get this buold started and possibly start sculpting the background. Will post some pictures after I get the egg crate all set up.

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Im jealous, I would love to set up some Phyllomedua Sauvegi in there : )
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Im jealous, I would love to set up some Phyllomedua Sauvegi in there : )
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Wow those guys are gorgeous! I bet the crush plants though huh?

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Well I was up until 4:30 in the morning last night cutting and ziptieing haha my fingers really hurt. I also started the foam background there will be more of an update on that later though.



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Nice! Looking forward to updates. I am setting up a viv similar to this.


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So I laid all the foam down last night on the sized peice of egg crate on the bottom left is going to be a large rock on the right will be where the rock waterfall I still got tons of trimming to do probably hard to visualize but when its done ill post more pictures. Ill also be drilling the holes for bulk heads here maybe within the week or so.

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So after hours of trimming and deciding how I want the waterfall I almost finished I'm calling it a night though and ill finish the large rock tommorow and touch up everything with some fine grit sand paper.

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What do you plan on putting in this massive tank?
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What do you plan on putting in this massive tank?
I honestly don't know I've never had frogs before. I'm just focusing on the build and plant aspect of it atm. I'm not even sure how many or what kind. If I should go with aboreal because the tanks enormous or just go with darts I don't know.

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Whatever you put in there is going to love it. It makes the 24x18x24 I made for my cresteds look tiny .
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Omg an arboreal green tree python would be awesome for that tank or even a pair of geckos

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Something crazy for sure!! You can't go wrong. Something different perhaps? Arboreal alligator lizards? Eyelash viper?



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Or an awesome sp. Of anolis

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Well I ran into an issue that I should have forseen. I originally decided to make and carve the background outside of the viv so I could really get creative with some things. And also so I could drill for the bulkheads in between drying drylock coats.

So onto the issue I came home from work today to start on the background again only to realize that because foam shrinks after it cures and nothing was attached to the eggcrate to hold it down the whole background had a bow to it. Which of course in turn means I can't attach it properly to the glass.


So at this point I'm going to brush it off as experience learned and toss it out. I will have to go get some more foam and in the meantime I'm going to take care of the bulk heads. Size up the egg crate silicone it to the glass THEN foam and carve and seal etc.

Stay tuned and be patient with my errors haha thanks!!

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In the meantime of me re doing the background and drilling the holes for the bulkheads. I would like to open the discussion of what I should be putting the in tank frog and plant wise.

For frogs what I'm looking for is something that is a group of more aboreal oriented frogs. I was particularly think a variation of R. Imitator. I was thinking about tree frogs, but with the plants I want to put in there I feel they would probably crush them. I would like input though.

For plants I was thinking lots of mosses liverwort lichens and smaller plants like peperomias and lots of vines with maybe two or three broms.


Like I said I would love to hear input specifics etc.


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Subscribed. I love these big tank builds. Possibilities are endless! Makes my 46 bow look tiny
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If your looking for a group "arboreal" frog, then you might want to look at something more along the lines of amazonica(vents) or Variabilis. I don't personally have experience with imitators, but I have heard that they don't do well in groups. I have found my Variabilis to be very bold and use all of the vertical space in my viv...Just my 2 cents. In a tank that big, I would definitely hae it heavily planted with lots of vining peperomias, begonias, etc. Since it's such a tall tank you could try to make a canopy with some broms and maybe try to get some mosses growing on the background or a piece of driftwood.
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Okay so got the falso bottom set up the two holes drilled and the bulkheads installed. So now I got to buy more foam and start the background again. On the lefthand side of the background I'm going to make a large faux tree after seeing inspiration from trickish leafs thread.




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WHY AM I just finding this now? lolol. Awesome pick up for the tank! A communal Pokie Metallica set up would LOVE that tank! (they are tarantulas).

if you dont want your GS foam to shrink all that much. get some silicone and lay it all over the glass and actually cover it and spread it all over the panes. this way the foam will adhere properly to the glass.

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Haha no thanks on the spiders Ill stick to my geckos and frogs hah

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That is a massive bulkhead. What size is it? I'm currently working on another viv that is going to require a couple of bulk heads, but with never have ever used them I am lost of what size to use. I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with it.
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Its a 1" bulk head. Had to drill a 45 mm hole for it. To me its larger than what I thought it would of been but theres no turning back at this point obviously. If I were able to I probably would of went with 3/4 or maybe 1/2.

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I'm excited to see how this turns out! I am new to this hobby and am starting my own viv. I was wondering if you could explain how to properly drill a whole in the glass for the bulkhead. I know that drilling holes in glass is a pain. I was hoping that you have some tips for me. Thanks!
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Shouldn't have put this post up. sorry

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Its a 1" bulk head. Had to drill a 45 mm hole for it. To me its larger than what I thought it would of been but theres no turning back at this point obviously. If I were able to I probably would of went with 3/4 or maybe 1/2.

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The easiest way I found to do it was to take some modeling clay make a circle out of it on the glass and pour water into it then drill and that works fine for me.


The bulkhead lower down that leads into the canister filter is 1" as well.

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