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Old 02-16-2020, 03:04 PM
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Hello,

For the last 10 years I've grown bored with the exoterra/ZooMed vivs. I was never actually a fan of the design, especially the big plastic frame in the front. To me it seems like the companies just did not care much to innovate since there is so little competition. In either case I've started experimenting with my own viv designs.

I very much based my work on the Euro style vivs. I've standardized in all my vivariums drilling the bottoms for easy draining and using computer fans for airflow and humidity control. I also like the use of computer fans because they allow a cleaner looking vivarium in the front.

Moving to Cali (Bay Area) and finding a reasonable glass shop was also a challenge. I've settled for no special edge work but a single pass over the edges to prevent the glass from being sharp and keeping the cost low.

I like to keep my viv design esthetically pleasing because they are in my main living room (doubled as work space), however I also like the viv to be long term planned. Meaning easy maintenance such as draining water, access to bottom bulkhead for any necessary cleaning or movement, and probably most importantly a very good replica of the environment our frogs live in.

I use timers for misting and fan control to create a varied range of condition, essentially replicating wind and humidity swings.

So here is my latest work. All glass 2x2x2.

I use:
- ASI Aquarium Silicone
- Black sliding glass door guide, fits 1/8'' glass doors.
- Aluminum 90 degree edge guide.
- Sunscreen material for ventilation.
- 1 60mm low profile fan
- 1/4 glass all around.
- egg crate for bottom filter.
- natural weed block for filter.
- cork bark, peat moss for background
- painters tape for neat silicone edges

Feedback, comments, suggesting are all appreciated. Thanks

Lastly, some late planting is still happening so update to follow.

Design, keep is simple:


General Construction:



Glass door handle:



I don't use the plastic door guide all around like in some designs. Instead I like the glass to be at a perfect square so the sliding door neatly touches the side glass.
Water testing and hole drilling:



Fan install, same use of silicone. Back hole drilled for any probe or thermometer.

Background and filter done:

Fan and mist test:

Final:



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Old 02-16-2020, 06:23 PM
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nice tanks you have made
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Old 02-16-2020, 07:07 PM
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I'm loving the clean look of no door channel on the sides. It also showcases the precision of your angles.

I think I bank on side channels as wiggle room for my lack of precision.

Nice builds for sure.
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Old 02-16-2020, 07:59 PM
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That's a great tank! You have some great skill!
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What an excellent build! I'm really liking the weave pattern on the screen you used over the ventilation gap. Your attention to detail is a real treat.
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What kind of lighting do you use? The water vapor will cover you. Is the light inside?
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That looks great! I would consider buying one if manufacturer available. I would mount it on a thin black dense foam pad. Great job.
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Old 02-18-2020, 12:01 PM
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What kind of lighting do you use? The water vapor will cover you. Is the light inside?
Currently just a single "Philips LED 532969 PAR38" spot lamp about 12'' from the top. This is fine for slower plant growth.

I will change it soon to 2 or 3 x 13W Jungle Dawn LED bulbs. I have had really good success with the 13W bulbs in vivs shorter than 24''.
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Would you mind sharing how much this cost to produce? I'd also like to know how you acquired your materials.
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Old 02-18-2020, 02:46 PM
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Would you mind sharing how much this cost to produce? I'd also like to know how you acquired your materials.
Sure, the glass runs around $150-200 depending on the glass shop. On the good end, e.g. living in Midwest, cost of 1 sq/ft 1/4'' glass is about $5. More if you want specific edge work.

Others:
ASI Silicone is about $5 per tube I get mine here: (https://www.bestmaterials.com/detail.aspx?ID=19108) x 2
The fly screen I use is shade fabric you can find at local hardware store.
I'll have to dig up where I got the aluminum L track and the black E guide. I've had these for 5+ years.
I also use a 3mm silicone tape, no clue where you can find it nowadays.

Total cost of materials ~$250-300. Keep in mind some materials you acquire can be used for multiple vivs.
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This looks great. I just finished up some plywood builds but for this size tanks I will definitely be looking into this design for near future builds.
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Maybe I'm missing it, but what did you use for the frosted / translucent look on the top glass?

Thanks!
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That just privacy film you can buy at any hardware store. It is used for windows and offices etc. I works great to soften the light from above.
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im setting up a new tank. i have a question that has we totally stopped in my tracks.

i bought a exo terra tall 12x12x18 paludurium. it has a background. heres what im stumped on?

do i cut the bottom of the background before i put in my clay balls and substrate or its ok that it goes all the way to the bottom???

i ABSOLUTELY LOVE the river, how did you do that?

do you build for other people?
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im setting up a new tank. i have a question that has we totally stopped in my tracks.

i bought a exo terra tall 12x12x18 paludurium. it has a background. heres what im stumped on?

do i cut the bottom of the background before i put in my clay balls and substrate or its ok that it goes all the way to the bottom???

i ABSOLUTELY LOVE the river, how did you do that?

do you build for other people?
Hi Stiles,

I think you need to start your own thread on this and your lighting question. I can tell you're going to get a lot of feedback, but the current thread isn't the place for it.
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Not sure if you mentioned this, but how much did this cost?
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Total cost of materials ~$250-300. Keep in mind some materials you acquire can be used for multiple vivs.
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