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Old 09-24-2011, 10:00 PM
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Damn Raf, is...is...is...awesome isnt enough.

PS: my work is almost done...got some trouble with vines but i'm working on.
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Absolutely stunning!!! I am truly amazed on how realistic this viv looks!! Looking at these pictures inspires me to go out and make my own viv!!! If it even looks half of what yours looks like, I would be very happy. Your patience and helpful tips is truly appreciated by us noobs.. Thank you for sharing this wonderful piece of art.
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Old 09-28-2011, 04:41 AM
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Such an Inspiration to the Community
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Old 09-28-2011, 07:08 AM
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Thanks alot!

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...Did you use any pots as well and if so for which plants? Did the root directly into the background?
I didn't use pots. The plants root directly on the background.
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I didn't use pots. The plants root directly on the background.
What did you use to get them to root directly on the BG? A lot of ppl are trying your rooting system. LOL. I'm next to try it.
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Old 09-28-2011, 02:38 PM
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Most of the plants are epiphytes so they don't need soil.
Not all the plants survive. You need to find a good spot (humidity, temperature and light) for each plant. Most plants like to dry up between misting otherwise they will rot.
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Old 09-28-2011, 04:18 PM
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Getting in this hobby I have grown to see humidity has a great effect on plants. Having a glass or plastic top that covers most of your viv will do some wonderful things to your plants.
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I introduced new frogs this week.
They seem to like their new home:


One of the best I ever seen...I have been working on mine now for 2 months and its really complicated...the pipes needs a lot of work. I have been using epoxy in stead and the problem is that it dries so quickly.. but anyway you are my insperation
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Old 10-04-2011, 06:01 PM
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Epoxy is a great choice but I didn't used it because of the dry time.
If I redo this viv it will be done with epoxy.
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Old 10-04-2011, 08:28 PM
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How long do you plan on keeping that viv? Or how long do you think it would last?
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I guess I keep it until I know what I can do better (+5 yrs).
I'm planning to tryout some structures outside the viv (roots, branches,...).
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Old 10-04-2011, 10:42 PM
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I want to try some roots and vines, but I have to wait until the next build.
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Old 10-04-2011, 10:46 PM
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New video in the evening:
Nicholas, lauraleellbp and drutt like this.
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Old 10-05-2011, 12:04 AM
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I introduced new frogs this week.
They seem to like their new home:


One of the best photos from the viv I've ever seen
Could you please let me know what species of plant is that and if you don't mind where did you buy them from?
I'm from London so I'd definitely buy it even if i'll have to walk to Belgium!
Amazing job.Greg
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Old 10-05-2011, 07:01 AM
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These plants are 2 sorts of orchids. I don't know the names.
The root the frog is walking on is from another plant above the plant in the background.
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Epoxy is a great choice but I didn't used it because of the dry time.
If I redo this viv it will be done with epoxy.
I dont know how dangerous epoxy is but it still smells after 2 weeks..Do you have any experience about this? Supose the best thing to do is to start up the terrarium with only the plants for a couple of months before the animals gets there
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Old 10-05-2011, 04:27 PM
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I don't have any experience with epoxy but as long as it smells you should be careful. I know there are a lot of different types of epoxy so it's hard to tell if they are safe.
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I dont know how dangerous epoxy is but it still smells after 2 weeks..
Odds are fairly high that you didn't get the epoxy mix ratio quite right. Was this a 1-1 mix epoxy, or something like a 5-1? Did you measure the epoxy by weight or by volume?

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Odds are fairly high that you didn't get the epoxy mix ratio quite right. Was this a 1-1 mix epoxy, or something like a 5-1? Did you measure the epoxy by weight or by volume?

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I mixed it by volume 50-50. They told me so at the store.... When I asked for Epoxy the storeman told me that different zoo are using this for akvariums etc so it should be right.... but I dont know.

I dont know what can happen if the mix is not correctly, I suppose I just takes longer time to dry, not more toxic...???

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Old 10-10-2011, 08:05 PM
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New video in the evening:
Vivarium in the evening. - YouTube

How did you do the smallest branches or are they real? Just fine rope covered with silicon and coco. My bigger branches looks okey but I had to cover them twice with silicon and coco and maybe one more time to make them less simmetric but to do the smaller I really need some help..
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The smallest branches are rope covered with silicon and peat. They are easy to make. Just fill a bucket of peat, cover rope with silicon and drop all of them in the bucket. Press the peat onto the rope and let it dry for a day.
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I joined this site looking for inspiration on how to make something for a chameleon and I have taken so many ideas from this it is ludicrous!

Absolutely fantastic job! I'll need to go over this thread again and again no doubt!

Great work!
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Stunning and inspirational. I have a 55 gallon tank sitting around empty. I now know what it will be used for. Many thanks for posting this.
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The smallest branches are rope covered with silicon and peat. They are easy to make. Just fill a bucket of peat, cover rope with silicon and drop all of them in the bucket. Press the peat onto the rope and let it dry for a day.
Thanks again. I have been reading a little bit and I can see that there are some people who use acryl 60 mixed with cement. The question is if you use acryl 60 is it necessary to use epoxy after or is it enough with acryl 60 and cement to make it resistent against water...
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Any updates on the vivarium?
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The question is if you use acryl 60 is it necessary to use epoxy after or is it enough with acryl 60 and cement to make it resistent against water...
To make it resistent to water you need to use epoxy no acryl 60.

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Any updates on the vivarium?
Other than this youtube vid not at the moment:

Vivarium in the evening. - YouTube
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what do you have in there for reptiles
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No reptiles only frogs.
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The vines are easy but the whole thing with the pvc it tough and I'm using a 15G tank. Im going to just use different size ropes and skip the PVC for this build. Did you silicone and cover the ropes b4 the GS or after? Explain the process a bit. I dont know if I should just put the rope on the GS b4 the silicone and peat moss.
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I have built the whole background (pu foam, rope, pvc) and afterwards covered it all with compaktuna/peat and silicon. You can however cover the ropes first and do the rest after spraying the foam.
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Should I put it directly on the foam b4 it dries or wait until I silicone the foam to put the rope on.
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You can do it either way. Just make sure you can fix it properly.
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useless to tell you that your viv is fantastic, really great, I wanted to ask you that internal temperature, and the only heater in the background can warm up properly for your environment leucomelas?
I apologize for my bad English
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Old 10-25-2011, 06:30 PM
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The temperature is 25-27C at the top and 20-22C at the bottom.
Leucomelas can have a lot higher temperatures but they are active and I hear them all the time. The aquariumheater is mostly inactive. The room temperature doesn't go below 18C at night.
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Your viv looks better and better every time I look at it, I never think I can like it more than I used to but I always do.:
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i hate to be completely unorigenal but here goes, great build and i am stealing as much of you ideas and techniques as i can on my current build. thanks for keeping this thread so well updated.
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I wanted to ask other things, the polyurethane is put in the tank bottom in contact with the water right? can release hazardous substances?
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Yep the foam is in direct contact of the water. You can seal it with epoxy.
But I feel confident it's safe because the foam is also used for building aquarium backgrounds.
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through cooling, and sorry for the questions, if you're available I'll have more to ask, just come to my mind a little at a time
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