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Old 09-19-2008, 02:40 PM
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Ok, this is my first post on the forums, so hi everyone. I have been doing a TON of research on here and a few other sites. I figured I will put my build with pics up to help out someone else who was like me and wondering how the heck you do that. The viv I will be building is for a fire belly toad and green frog. Yea I know, wierd combo, but they have been fun to watch. The viv is a prebuilt cage I got at a show for a deal (can't remember the maker). I'm starting today and will post some pics later in the day.
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Old 09-20-2008, 12:55 AM
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OK well i had a good start today. I will start from the begining. Got the tank cleaned out and ready to work on.

Then I got my surform microplane and carved my waterfall.


You can pick this thing up at home depot. good for carving foam or GS.


Once the water feature was carved I laid down some silicon, I used bronze color and I really liked it, and put pebbles on the water feature.



I let that dry and turned my attention to the false floor I'm going to use. Got the egg crate and pvc at home depot for cheap. Still have a ton of eggcrate left over. I also picked up some insect screen and laid it across the floor. Keep the substrate from falling through.


I then took the eggcrate and made a barrier to keep critters out from under the floor. Applied the screen, and added aquarium silicon to it and attached some pebbles. Look alittle more realistic.



Well thats what I got done today. O also placed the pump and ran hose. That was pretty strait foward. Going to finish waterfall tomorrow and maby get the whole back walll done! just have to see.

O and I would love suggestions, since I am going to start a dart viv as soon as I get some more money. Wana make it perfect you know.
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Old 09-26-2008, 05:50 PM
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Wow, not feeling the love . Well I finally finished. I got sick, and had several other things I had to do first. I will go over the final steps, even though I don't have picks of the steps.
For the back wall I used GS. I attached the back of my waterfall I carved out to this as well as some peices of a water bowl I cut up. I then used sillicone to attach the rocks and coco fiber. I wanted to place a plant on the wall, but everything I looked at took up to much room. Some suggesting on some small plants would be great! Well here is the finish project, as well as a video at the end of the waterfall.



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Old 09-26-2008, 05:56 PM
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Nice, you gotta love the FBT's.

I have quite a few myself.

Oh, and welcome to the board!
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