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Old 12-20-2018, 12:42 AM
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Default 36" Exo Terra/Fairy house build.

Yes...I said Fairy House.
My wife loves that whole thing, and I've been wanting to do that sort of garden for her for years now, only couldn't think of how to make it work indoors.

So why not combine it with a dart frog habitat?
I wouldn't do this if were for me (or only for me) but she'll be tickled with this thing when she finally sees it.

I decided to construct foam and plastic/acrylic fan insert ducts.
These can be adhered to the rear glass, then carved down a bit as needed.

Fans are AC Infinity - great units.


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Old 12-20-2018, 12:52 AM
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A view of the fan ducts from the rear, and also plants now in and fairy home
installed.

I build this from mopani wood (including the shingles) and cedar.
Some of the shingles (lighter color) are cedar as well.

The walls are rock and mortar over foam (sprayed into/into the piece of mopani wood) Doors is all mopani lumber.

The internal fan duct idea is working out great. I can also vent the top if I decide I want to pull a bit of air in from the outside.

Mister resevoir I made from acrylic. It's much larger than it needs to be...not sure why I made it so big...

The plants need to grow in obviously, so early days.
Frogs will to in on Friday. Still agonizing over auratus highland bronze or azureus. I'll have to decide on the spot Friday.
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Top - build is still hidden in the back bedroom while I finish (reveal on Christmas)

Drilling glass was shockingly easy - about 30 seconds for each hole through 1/4" glass.
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Don't tell anyone I said this, but... that little fairy house you built is awesome!
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Default Re: 36" Exo Terra/Fairy house build.

This is amazing! Please tell me that the house is hollow, and the frogs can assess inside! Beautiful setup!

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Don't tell anyone I said this, but... that little fairy house you built is awesome!
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This is amazing! Please tell me that the house is hollow, and the frogs can assess inside! Beautiful setup!

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No not hollow unfortunately...maybe the next one.
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Default Re: 36" Exo Terra/Fairy house build.

5 young Highland Bronze auratus introduced today, just a few hours ago.
I already see 3 of the 5 walking around.
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Handsome little fella :-)
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This is awesome! We want to make one of these for our critters.


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Jim,
Did you give this to your wife for Christmas? How was it received?

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Yes, and she loves it.
She looks every night to see how many of the 5 auratus she can see.

So far one hasn't made an appearance...they vary quite a bit in their boldness right now. One of the 5 doesn't sweat you at all, and will sit there why you open the door and dump food on his head basically. Then on the other end there's the one who hasn't been seen at all I don't think.

She's asking questions about breeding, tadpoles etc.
So looking good.
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Some growth, better view of fans for Camps.
More pics later when the HB's are out.

I'm posting 1200 pixel images, but the site seems to be down-sampling them quite a bit.
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Some growth, better view of fans for Camps.
More pics later when the HB's are out.

I'm posting 1200 pixel images, but the site seems to be down-sampling them quite a bit.
Love this build, excellent job !
Are you able to remove fans if one fails ?
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Love this build, excellent job !
Are you able to remove fans if one fails ?
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Thank you!
...and yes, I can simply run an X-acto blade along the edge of the pink foam/black plastic plate to break the silicone seal, and slide that plate out. (the one that the PVC tube section and fan mounted to it. Replace the fan, and insert the plate back into it's slot.
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Default Re: 36" Exo Terra/Fairy house build.

Awesome job on the fans! Very nice design, Im always worried about loosing too much real-estate to them but your design works great. I may borrow it for my next build if you dont mind
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Thanks - I absolutely hope you try it - working out great.
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Default Re: 36" Exo Terra/Fairy house build.

Hi Jim,
Building my 36x18x24 currently and looking at a similar fan design. Do you only have fans in the top section or are there 4 fans total ? What size are the fans ? How did you slot the pink foam so perfectly ?
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Default Re: 36" Exo Terra/Fairy house build.

Hey Camps,

There are 2 fans, the intake is in the lower section of each fan panel, the fan us up above. The vents below each have a 3" screen louvre from here inserted.

https://www.ventmyhouse.com/3-round-...item-3-rs-108/

I spray painted them black.


I used a 1/4" dado blade on a table saw to slot the foam.
The fans are these units...

https://www.amazon.com/AC-Infinity-M.../dp/B00IJ2J2K0

...and are absolutely PERFECT for this application.
Make sure you get the AC/USB adapter with it.

I leave them on 24/7 on 'low' with no problems.
Make sure you leave at least a 3/4" gap between the rear of the fan and the rear glass, otherwise airflow is impeded.
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