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Old 01-02-2018, 04:29 PM
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I recently acquired an acrylic display that I am planning on turning into a dart frog paludarium with about 8-10 inches of water in it. Whoever owned it last decided to cover it in sheets of brown stickers so the first challenge will be to remove that.

The tank itself is about 263 gallons and except for the 2 foot door in the back, appears to be water tight. I am wondering if I need to brace the tank or seal it further to prevent it from breaking after water is added.

I have kept dart frogs for a few years but only in smaller tanks.


The tank is 58.5 long x 41 high x 26.5 in the center & 23 at the ends.
The door in the back is 24 x 24


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Old 01-02-2018, 05:07 PM
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HOLY FROG!!

I would like to follow this puppy to see come to life!
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Sounds like a cool build. The Brown stickers are to protect the acrylic from scratching.
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Following, also want to see how this turns out
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Get some citrus cleaner and spray on surfaces that are laying horizontal and allow the citrus cleaner to soak for a bit to loosen the adhesive on the brown masking. I have always used 3m citrus in the spray can. Can be a frustrating job.
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Oh man, that's quite an ambitious build. I can't wait to see how it turns out. With a tank that size, you can do some really cool stuff with hardscaping, depending on what route you go. Keep us updated as it progresses
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Sorry for the lack of postage, work on the tank is very slow. Will be posting updates soon!
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A few cans of GS later...
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I ended up cutting the back panel in half so that I will still be able to access the bottom of the tank.
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Keep us updated. it looks very cool.
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I ended up cutting the back panel in half so that I will still be able to access the bottom of the tank.
I am really glad you are paying attention to access. The dimensions on this tank will make access a challenge no matter what, but it will help a lot that you are planning for it from the beginning. I look forward to seeing how it pans out!

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The door worked out better than I expected. Very nice!

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I am really glad you are paying attention to access. The dimensions on this tank will make access a challenge no matter what, but it will help a lot that you are planning for it from the beginning. I look forward to seeing how it pans out!

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Thanks! It has been a challange but I think its shaping up pretty well.

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Put a few strips of hygrolon on the backround just for fun. Last side is almost done.

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First round of planting went well. Now I'll just have to get some more to fill in some gaps

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Still not sure what frogs to put in it yet. I have a group of 5 Leucs that would probably go nice but still havnt decided.

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I like how it turned out, what are your plans for lighting it though?
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I like how it turned out, what are your plans for lighting it though?
Bought one of these a few days ago. Wiring it up tomorrow. SOLLA 100W LED Flood Light, https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0799CCSHV..._JPQVBbHEM7Z8N


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Light is wired up. I'm using two of my other grow lights to supplement lighting until the second floodlight comes in. Everything else is doing good

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It is absolutely beautiful
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Working out of this foot tall door is...fun.

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Wow this is epic!
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Are you worried about the weight on the hinge of that door? That wood on there is probably pretty heavy and is likely to get heavier as it absorbs water. I didn't see what kind of hinge you have one there, though. Maybe it's fine.

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Are you worried about the weight on the hinge of that door? That wood on there is probably pretty heavy and is likely to get heavier as it absorbs water. I didn't see what kind of hinge you have one there, though. Maybe it's fine.

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It had crossed my mind but I think it should be fine. 99% of the time it will be closed and when I'm working on it I'll usually prop it up.

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That looks like pretty beefy hinge and there is a lot of it. I bet you are fine as long as the adhesive holds. Might be a good idea to get a stick cut to the right length that you can use to prop under the end of it while it's open, though. You want this tank to last a long, long time :-)

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More plants on the way

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Wow, great build!! This is going to look epic, cant wait to see it growing in.
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Wow, great build!! This is going to look epic, cant wait to see it growing in.
Same. Nearly all of the plants are just small cuttings so it will be interesting to see what they do!

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Same. Nearly all of the plants are just small cuttings so it will be interesting to see what they do!

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The advantage of tank that size is that it is really costly to fill it up with plants from the start. You are almost forced to put plants in and wait while it grows in. In my experience, it's actually better this way because, as others have said, I like relatively few species but more of each and because the tank will look mor natural when the plants go where they want to go. You can guide them, but they like to grow a certain way. It will take longer for a tank the size yours is to grow in, but it will look fantastic when it gets there :-) It maybe that, even after growing in, the tank has a few spots where nothing has grown. Then, you can evaluate what kept plants out and maybe re-angle a nozzle or buy another plant or two that likes the environment that your other plants turned their noses up at :-)

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The advantage of tank that size is that it is really costly to fill it up with plants from the start. You are almost forced to put plants in and wait while it grows in. In my experience, it's actually better this way because, as others have said, I like relatively few species but more of each and because the tank will look mor natural when the plants go where they want to go. You can guide them, but they like to grow a certain way. It will take longer for a tank the size yours is to grow in, but it will look fantastic when it gets there :-) It maybe that, even after growing in, the tank has a few spots where nothing has grown. Then, you can evaluate what kept plants out and maybe re-angle a nozzle or buy another plant or two that likes the environment that your other plants turned their noses up at :-)

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All true. I got a few fun ones saved up for once everything settled in

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New brom in place

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Are there concerns with warping on large vivaria made of acrylic? I am looking on building another large tank and love the properties of acrylic.
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Are there concerns with warping on large vivaria made of acrylic? I am looking on building another large tank and love the properties of acrylic.
While it's not as thick as I would like it, I think it should hold up fine. I'm no expert in acrylic but I think as long as it is well bonded and not terrible thin it should do fine

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Moss mix is growing in nicely as is the rest of the tank

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Added some magnolia and bamboo leaves

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Some random shots of the viv

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I have been trying to decide what way is best for heating the tank. Has anyone had experience with heat tape on acrylic? I am just worried of warping/melting.

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If you can't heat the entire room, try a soil cable. For acrylic, any direct heat application is not recommended. Another option might be to use a small (2" or 3") inline fan with a heating element and rheostat to blow warm air into the vivarium.

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Little viv update. Getting in a few new species and taking out a few that have been growing wayyy too quick

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