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Old 06-29-2010, 05:42 PM
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Hey, Im starting a new viv for a trio of darts ill be getting in a couple of weeks so thought id do a wee journal, this will be my second viv and Ive went for an exo 60x45x45cm, im doing the expanding foam option for the background.

I started yesterday by sporadically applying silicone to the back panel and to a few inches of the sides so that the foam will grip better. I didn't take pics of the siliconed glass as it was nothing to see.
Ive incorporated 2 pieces of corkbark onto the glass before foaming as I thought it looked good and be better for mounting plants, before mounting the cork I siliconed the back of the 2 pieces because there was probably channels in them for water to seep through and build up behind the unsealed expanding foam.



I covered the bark in tape to protect them



I inserted peat cups for egg laying sites etc,



A few things Iearned about using foam is that you have very little time before it hardens in the spraying nozzle, Id only done 2 corners and the rim near the roof before it hardened and was useless lol!! The second can I had to go for it as it was my last and just got it done before it finished (there's not that much in a can BTW)

Will be carving and adding the coco fibre to the foam on friday so will update then

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Old 07-02-2010, 03:18 PM
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Well id been away for 2 nights with the wife and just back today-managed to get the coco fibre on the foam-wasn't to bad to be honest and only took me an hour thou im sure ill have touch ups to do tomorrow, ill also have to scrape some silicone from the glass (impossible to avoid if doing it fast ha). Here are some pics





My plants & other equipment arrived today as you can see so I want to have the viv planted/ roofed and light wired up tomorrow so I can relax on sunday before going back to work :P



Will try update tomorrow
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Old 07-02-2010, 04:16 PM
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Nice start, man.

Good luck with this...I can hang out all day in the build forum and keep myself occupied.
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Old 07-02-2010, 05:48 PM
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Looks great!!
I love the way the corkbark pieces look on the background too!

Can't wait to see it planted.
What kind of darts are you getting?
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Thanx for the comments

Am getting 3 x Mysterious :P (I know theres so many views on them but hope folk keep them for another thread, thanx)

Done the floor tonight and mounted the plants etc, looks pretty good considering id had a few pints watching the football before ha ha.

Ill add some leaf litter etc tomorrow.















Still have to wire up the light unit and silicane the roof etc, will finish of thread tomorrow with better quality pics as these dont do it justice-sorry about the pics. Mobile is crap and dull light didn't help.
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Thanx buddy, putting 3x E.mysterious in there in a few weeks.

Here's the finishing pics, done it today :P
I cut a sheet of PVC to size then sections to mesh for ventilation. I used PVC from dartfrog that lets UV's through which glass doesn't plus its heat resistant so wont buckle.


I then cut and siliconed the vents into place (I kept the cut out sections so I can cover the vents to adjust humidity) then got light equipment out to try and assemble.




Managed to wire up the ballast/ plug etc-have to say unless you have some knowledge you might find it tricky. I had to get an electrican friend to point me in the right direction as instructions where useless.


Finished pics,



Thanx for looking and hope folk found it interesting
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