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Old 02-24-2014, 03:43 PM
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Hi Everyone,

I just completed my first vivarium after being bitten by the bug when a vivarium video made it to my Facebook page. I was hooked and I quickly found this forum and began planning and construction. I want to thank everyone on hear for their build posts and discussions which helped me immensely. I decided I wanted frogs from one of the R. Imitator morphs and planned the viv with them in mind. I bought a 18x18x24 Zoomed terrarium and began the build! First was the false bottom, with a tower for the pump access.
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Old 02-24-2014, 03:45 PM
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I decided to add a ball valve to adjust the flow in the stream leading to the small pond.
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Old 02-24-2014, 03:48 PM
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Foamed in background (man this stuff expands!) and test run of random Manzanita branches.
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Next I took a couple film canisters and implanted them into the foam (If you look closely you can see them in the cork cracks). I then cut cork tile and siliconed it to the background (Thanks Dendro Dave!!) Cut out the background so I could add the Manzanita (I contemplated foaming it in place but decided to cut it out and re-foam) and foamed in the stream bed. I decided to add a strip of plastic for the stream as opposed to some other methods and ideas I had of my own.
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Old 02-24-2014, 04:00 PM
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Branches in place and foamed in. Rocks placed in stream bed. Foam stream bank covered in silicone and then ABG
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Old 02-24-2014, 04:06 PM
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Completed stream bed. Seems to working great, really glad I added a way to regulate flow!
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Old 02-24-2014, 04:12 PM
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And here is the current pic! I just finished stuffing the cracked cork mosaic with a mix of sphagnum and NEHerp live moss. I threw in a culture of springs to help seed. I still need to add a few more plants, some sphagnum and leaf litter and let it grow in bit. All in all I am very happy with how it turned out and cant wait to get frogs added (After they go through a proper quarnatine of cours )Now I just need to find some frogs!
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Old 02-24-2014, 04:16 PM
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Oh, and here is one of the hidden film canisters. I thought it turned out kind of neat.
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Looks good. Wish my first build looked that nice. And nice piece of wood.
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Looks good. Wish my first build looked that nice. And nice piece of wood.

Thanks! It's actually about 8 pieces of wood foamed and epoxied together.


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Updated picture with leaf litter and a few more plants.


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Same picture uploaded from Ipad not through tapatalk.
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Old 03-01-2014, 07:00 PM
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And, here's a quick video:
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