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Old 11-18-2009, 04:07 AM
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More pics! it's been 3 days!
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TysonUnderwood.....You are my hero!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I love people like you who take hobbies to the next level, that is the sweetest project ever. Your the man and thank you so much for sharing your project with us! Definetely will subscribe to this thread and cant wait to see the progress brother!!

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Old 11-19-2009, 01:31 PM
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Like many people I too was expecting just a room filled with some tanks and such...

It's good to be wrong sometimes.
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Here is a quick update. I've started the base coat for the wall backgrounds. It is very time consuming due to the amount of wall to cover and I don't have a whole lot of time to work on it. Seems like weekends are all I get these days and I'm lucky at that. These 2 shots are of the upper wall with 2 coats of grout over the base foam frame. I am keeping these fairly simple compared to the lower part of the walls because I don't think they will get nearly as much activity on them, mostly just plants. After one more coat of grout, if it seems strong enough, and I like what I see, I plan to use a mixture of red sculpting clay, peat, and some sphagnum moss, to fill in cracks and smear on various parts of the surface to create more depth and hopefully give some plants places to anchor.


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Thats awesome! My husband and I have been talking about doing something like that.. Great inspiration! I can't wait to see this finished.

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awsome cant wait to see the final product
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Aim your camera at a flat white piece of cardboard so it fills the entire viewing area.

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it is pretty bright in there. I haven't actually metered it though. I have to figure out how to do that with my camera.
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awesome tree buttress!!! great idea using a door, and an even greater idea on how to shop around for a cheap door(or any other items)! updates!!!!
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I'll try to get a few pics this weekend. I've been working 65hr weeks so haven't been able to do too much, but I should be getting some more time in a few weeks. Currently I've been building the stream base out of sand and concrete, which I'll then line with some pond liner.
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I am jealous, excited and mad all in one.
Jealous because I live in an apartment and can't do this.
excited because there are going to be some very happy frogs.
Mad because i can't do this!!!!

I'm looking forward toward a follow up.
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One weekend late.. but here you go. This first picture give you a good feeling of the various walls and what not I've built so far.


This next one shows some of the vines. The one on top of the "branch" is my mist line with moss siliconed to it and the one hanging down on the right is where my humidifier will pump into. The left branch is a long piece of rebar, covered with brown silicone and moss that will help to support some real branches.


Here you can see the stream base that I built. I basically mixed sand and cement to make deck mud, then built built up the walls in the shape I wanted the stream, making sure all the walls were deep enough for the water to cover the pump.


I then took some more pond liner and covered over the stream bed. After siliconing the edges to the wall, it looks like this method will work well. I will wait a few more days before I actually water test it though. In the first part of the stream, I put some large pipes down to create water channels. I wanted to make sure there would be a larger volume of water in there, but didn't want it all that deep. I will be covering the pipe over with gravel and hopefully it will end up with a very shallow stream but a large volume of water.


On a side note... I've noticed some cracking appearing where I grouted over some great stuff on the walls. It occurred a month or two after I had finished grouting. My only guess is that the great stuff continued to expand slightly. Where the grout was covering sheet styrofoam, no cracking occurred. I have been slowly looking for the cracks and patching them up, but ladder work is a bit awkward in there. The misters are working well, but still need a little adjustment and I'll probably add one more head, but overall, things seem good.
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Looking good; Im sure I speak for everyone but I cant wait to see this finished product!
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completly AMAZING!!! I wanna live in that room! lol
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This is an amazing project. Can not wait to see the how it all comes together.
Thank you for sharing.
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One more pic to add..

This is the stream again, but I've added in the background base. I've tested the water and it seems to be working great and staying within the target areas. Once I get a few coats on this I'll update the photo as I'm sure it will look a lot better with a uniform surface. As far as the Greatstuff that was cracking the grout, after greatly increasing the humidity in the room, it would appear that everything has settled down and I've seen no new cracks appear. It seems like the Greatstuff just wanted a little more moisture to fully cure. I do have to say the worst part of this project is covering everything with the grout. While exciting to see the forms develop, it takes a lot of work and the multiple layers don't add a whole lot of change to the look of it. That being said, I think I will be doing an extra layer or two in the water feature to make sure it doesn't erode too much over time.



As far as the lighting, I've thrown a flat of various mosses and a few other plants in the room and they seem to be thriving, so that is reassuring, as they are the furthest possible distance from the lighting. For plants that need higher light, I will have to make sure they sit closer to the lighting and skylights as I want to avoid installing more powerful lighting if possible.

As a last note, here is the link to my photo album if you want to look at all of the photos together. http://s599.photobucket.com/albums/t...ood/Terrarium/
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Everything is starting to come together! I'm real impressed with everything you've done so far! Good job!
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have you made any progress recently?
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You just blew my mind all over the place.
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Dude!!! what's going in there!!!!??!?!?!?!

I am amazed...
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We need more images!

Whats the square footage of the room?
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Awwww now thats a histrionicus cage.....just the right size lol.....Thats pretty nice set up so far and can't wait to see the rest. The tree stuff reminds me of bass pro shop in Missouri and boy does it look good when its done.
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As far as what is going in there, I'm leaning towards leucs, although I'm certainly open to sugestions. While I will add food for vitamins and whatnot, I hope to have a fairly self sustaining enclosure. I certainly will not be able to go in and search for tadpoles or count every frog. For this reason, I'm looking for a frog that is fairly easy to establish, does well in groups, and doesn't need any help with tadpoles. Obviously, the higher they climb, the more space they will have. This Sunday, I hope to finish the first coat of the waterfall. I'll post some pics of that when it is done, I've completed about half of it so far and I like how it is shaping up.
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If there was ever a place that you could put two species together... :-P

Maybe a more terrestrial species and one that is more arboreal?

I look forward to the newly painted waterfall!

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I am blown away by this. So many ideas floating around after viewing this!

Now I want a new house with a decent garden, in which there will be a glass sided room (facing the house) in which I will build something like this!

Now to convince the wife that it is worth spending thousands of pounds on something that will not add any value to a house!
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OMFG, well i guess you dont have to go on vacation, now you can simply push the door in your garage open and magically you are transported to the middle of the jungle while still being in your own home. Looks totally Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I have some updated pictures... I'll post them when I get home tonight. Currently the misting system is up and running. You certainly get hit with a blast of wet air when you walk in. I've been spending some time insulating the rest of my garage, but I still have a bit to do. Some of the walls were already finished, so I'm having to cut holes in them and stuff loose insulation into the bays... not fun. I have yet to get an AC though, which I'm sure I'll need come summer. I'm pretty confident that my heater will keep it warm through the winter, but I won't be putting anything into the terrarium other than plants until the summer is over and I'm sure I can keep the temperature in the correct range.
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That would be a perfect setup for some high end tokay geckos or black tree monitors. Might be easier than feeding the luecs in there. But it looks very nice.
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WOW...can't wait to see this done!!

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Here are a couple of shots that show where I'm currently at. Both of these have the base coat of grout on them. I plan on doing 2-3 more thick coats as water will be running over most of this. After a few more coats with a uniform color, the different textures should come together nicely.



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Looking good

I think its time to take a week off work to focus on this project
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This is really starting to shape up! can't wait to see the final.
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Pumilio! Throw a few pairs in there with lots of broms and you'd have a frog farm!

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Wow! This makes me really wish I owned my own house! Still a college student >.< Good luck!
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LOL , Somehow I feel like less of a man. I am in the trades and I dont know if I could pull that off. I live in sonoma and would love to check it out/help if you need it.

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