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Raf 08-31-2010 06:37 PM

Pics my new constructed vivarium
 
I recently constructed the background of my new vivarium.
I thought it could be useful so here it is:

I used heated pvc pipes with prolypropylene rope.

http://rd.sohosted.com/fotos/terrarium/opbouw.jpg

I covered it with a compaktuna(/flevopol)-and peat-mixture. I finished with sealant and peat.

http://rd.sohosted.com/fotos/terrarium/wortels.jpg

I made the background in pieces and afterwards I placed it in the vivarium .

The corners were made with Polyurethane foam and finished the same way as the pvc/rope.

http://rd.sohosted.com/fotos/terrari...ht_totaal1.jpg

After drying a few weeks I could begin planting the vivarium.

http://rd.sohosted.com/fotos/terrarium/detail12.jpg
http://rd.sohosted.com/fotos/terrarium/detail13.jpg

Result so far:
http://rd.sohosted.com/fotos/terrarium/wortel5.jpg
http://rd.sohosted.com/fotos/terrari...cht_links3.jpg
http://rd.sohosted.com/fotos/terrarium/poel2.jpg
http://rd.sohosted.com/fotos/terrarium/poel6.jpg
http://rd.sohosted.com/fotos/terrari...il_rechts4.jpg
http://rd.sohosted.com/fotos/terrari...rzicht3108.jpg

eos 08-31-2010 06:44 PM

Re: Pics my new constructed vivarium
 
Superb! Damn that's a nice looking background.... Two thumbs up!

McBobs 08-31-2010 06:55 PM

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Very nice viv! What are the dimensions on that behemoth?

-Matt

HX 08-31-2010 07:08 PM

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Absolutely stunning!

cheezus_2007 08-31-2010 07:17 PM

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i'm honestly speachhhhhless..... I want a background like that REALLLLLY bad now haha. wow. thats sums it up... WOW... :D

GRIMM 08-31-2010 07:19 PM

Re: Pics my new constructed vivarium
 
HOLY BAJESUS! Is this your 1st viv? That is one eerie looking background.

Cant wait to see this thing once its full of plants!

LindseyJoe 08-31-2010 07:29 PM

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Very nice!

ponies999 08-31-2010 08:11 PM

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WOW i love that! Do you think you could give a little more details on how you did it for us noobs? lol

the_deeb 08-31-2010 08:23 PM

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Incredible work! That is really stunning.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Raf (Post 498792)
I covered it with a compaktuna(/flevopol)-and peat-mixture. I finished with sealant and peat.

Could you provide a few more details about this? Did you make a mix of compaktuna/flevopol and peat or did you first coat with compaktuna and sprinkle with peat? Were you mixing in concrete as well or was it just the compaktuna?

Raf 08-31-2010 08:40 PM

Re: Pics my new constructed vivarium
 
Quote:

Could you provide a few more details about this? Did you make a mix of compaktuna/flevopol and peat or did you first coat with compaktuna and sprinkle with peat? Were you mixing in concrete as well or was it just the compaktuna?
I covered the pipes and rope twice with the compaktuna-peat mixture (mix compaktuna with water and peat). afterwards I covered the uncovered parts with sealant and sprinkle with peat.

Dimensions are 185cm (72")L x 50cm (19,7")D x 100cm (40")H

JoshH 08-31-2010 08:45 PM

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well done!

shishkabab 08-31-2010 08:51 PM

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I think you just changed the way people will start making vivs. Very very nice.

Geckoguy 08-31-2010 09:41 PM

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:o:o:o:o:o:o:o:o:o:o:o

highfyre 08-31-2010 10:19 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by shishkabab (Post 498847)
I think you just changed the way people will start making vivs. Very very nice.

UH.....YEAH!!!!! You just set the bar my friend!!!!

AaronAcker 08-31-2010 10:35 PM

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yeah, wow. Very very cool viv. Cant wait to see it grown in !

fleshfrombone 08-31-2010 10:41 PM

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Agreed, that is the most innovative concept being applied to backgrounds I've seen in a long time. It turned out great. I'm extremely impressed.

Quote:

Originally Posted by highfyre (Post 498869)
UH.....YEAH!!!!! You just set the bar my friend!!!!


frogface 08-31-2010 11:16 PM

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:o

When I saw the first pic I thought 'no way he's going to pull that off.' Then I saw the result. Outstanding! :D

BR5 09-01-2010 01:56 AM

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That's amazing, can't wait to try it!

Dartfrogfreak 09-01-2010 02:59 AM

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This is one of the most intricate backgrounds Ive seen in a long time! And I love how you left alot of it open so that the intricacy can be appreciated for some time

Great work!!


Todd

zBrinks 09-01-2010 03:03 AM

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The flevapol/compaktuna mixture is not found across the pond - the closest we get is ACE brand (as in ACE hardware) acrylic concrete binder, mixed with peat. This works very well, except it will fall apart if it is constantly submerged.

Nice job!

Dendro Dave 09-01-2010 03:52 AM

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Excellent job on the background and great Idea with the ropes. I think I've seen the bent pipe method before but you did it well and the robes really add to the finished effect. I think this is one of if not the most truly natural backgrounds I've seen. I mean thats is really what you would see, an eroded out bank with tree roots next to a stream...Probably a good place for finding frogs too ;)

My only suggestion would be that it might be interesting and add to the effect if you could slightly alter the color of the coating on the ropes...either do the pipes in grey and ropes brown or vise versa...or just 2 shades of brown even.

chinoanoah 09-01-2010 04:22 AM

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I know what I'll be doing on my next vacation.

highfyre 09-01-2010 04:58 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Raf (Post 498843)
I covered the pipes and rope twice with the compaktuna-peat mixture (mix compaktuna with water and peat). afterwards I covered the uncovered parts with sealant and sprinkle with peat.

Dimensions are 185cm (72")L x 50cm (19,7")D x 100cm (40")H

Pardon me, but Im a little slow. When you say you "covered" them, exactly how? Did you hand apply the mixture? It looks so evenly applied? It almost seems just by looking that you would have to somehow spray it on to cover all the spaces?

Exactly what type os sealant are you referencing?

Thank you. And AGAIN.....OUTSTANDING!!!!!

myersboy6 09-01-2010 05:44 AM

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I am in ahh of this viv. I'd pay you to make one like this for me. It looks amazingly real!

davecalk 09-01-2010 08:30 AM

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Excellent job.

flapjax3000 09-01-2010 09:19 AM

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I think DAP has a similar product but I heard its not the best. Also you can use Quikcrete as well. Nice viv. How long did it take for all of it to dry?

Julio 09-01-2010 12:40 PM

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amazing root system! nicely done.

Frank H 09-01-2010 04:38 PM

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That looks amazingly real! Great job!! I bet that root system took forever to finish!!! Thank you for taking pictures and sharing!

Raf 09-01-2010 08:44 PM

Re: Pics my new constructed vivarium
 
Thx for the great comments!
I hope this will inspire people. I got my inspiration from HX on this forum.
Dry time: a couple of weeks.

Quote:

Pardon me, but Im a little slow. When you say you "covered" them, exactly how? Did you hand apply the mixture? It looks so evenly applied? It almost seems just by looking that you would have to somehow spray it on to cover all the spaces?
I use a paintbrush for the mixture. The sealant (soudal - Fix All) is applied by hand and afterwards put peat on top of it.

the_deeb 09-01-2010 10:00 PM

Re: Pics my new constructed vivarium
 
Pardon my ignorance, but is the "soudal" sealant that you used similar to silicone sealant?

highfyre 09-01-2010 10:54 PM

Re: Pics my new constructed vivarium
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Raf (Post 499248)
Thx for the great comments!
I hope this will inspire people. I got my inspiration from HX on this forum.
Dry time: a couple of weeks.


I use a paintbrush for the mixture. The sealant (soudal - Fix All) is applied by hand and afterwards put peat on top of it.

I found the sealant. Im assuming your pretty sure its viv safe?

Raf 09-02-2010 03:10 PM

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Quote:

Pardon my ignorance, but is the "soudal" sealant that you used similar to silicone sealant?
It is in the same sort of tube but it is not really a silicone. It is a polymer.

The sealant is viv safe. It is often used in Belgium (or the Netherlands).

Raf 09-02-2010 03:39 PM

Re: Pics my new constructed vivarium
 
The viv has a rainsystem (5 nozzles) and a fogger (Lucky Reptile super fog).
I also have eveninglightning (4 bars of LED light):

http://rd.sohosted.com/fotos/terrarium/avond.jpg

and night light (lucky Reptile Night Sky 6x LED lights):

http://rd.sohosted.com/fotos/terrarium/nacht.jpg

Especially the evening lightning is good for the frogs so they don't suddenly end up in darkness in the evening.

AaronAcker 09-02-2010 05:16 PM

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I can imagine how many people are thinking... Yep I'm doing that on my next viv.... I know I am.

highfyre 09-02-2010 05:34 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by aaronacker (Post 499479)
i can imagine how many people are thinking... Yep i'm doing that on my next viv.... I know i am.

oh yeah!!!:d

Vermfly 09-02-2010 05:41 PM

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Damn that is definitely sweet. After I get a few more builds under my belt I'm going to plan for a BIG display tank and this lighting scheme is going to be part of the plan.

raimeiken 09-02-2010 05:41 PM

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amazing viv! I love the details you put into it!

I can't wait until I get my own house. I'll definitely build a big Viv like yours!

That LED night lighting is a great idea as well. I might put that in my current vivs.

guppygal 09-02-2010 05:55 PM

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Absolutely stunning, to say the least -

What did you use for the backboard?

raimeiken 09-02-2010 06:00 PM

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what did you use to shape the rest of the tank with? like the left and right sides of the tank.

cheezus_2007 09-02-2010 08:24 PM

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ur tank is insane man... def subscribed to this one lol. I really like the led lighting.....i like the whole thing actually lol.... wish i had something similar.... someday when i have more money to spend i might try haha..:D


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