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  1. Parts & Construction
    Since I finally got to work on my 24 x 18 x 18 ExoTerra I picked up off Craigslist, I decided it would be appropriate to start a build log, mainly for my own documentation. I plan to update this periodically as I get components finished, so fair warning it might be a couple months before...
  2. Parts & Construction
    Ahoy, dendromateys! Newbie here with a question about construction. I am just starting a project to convert a 35 gallon hexagon aquarium in to a vivarium with a DIY great stuff background. My question is, how many of the sides should be covered by background? Obviously covering more sides...
  3. Parts & Construction
    Hi everyone! I currently have a couple 18x18x18 exo terra tanks that are used as temporary group homes for juvenile varibilies and imitator frogs. They have a false bottom that allows for water to drain through and be drained once a week. They way I set it up is that we use condiment cups to...
  4. Member's Frogs & Vivariums
    I apologize ahead of time for the presence of links instead of images. I've tried numerous times in different threads to get the images to work. After reviewing the rules of the site, I think I have not posted enough times to be allowed to insert direct images. I hope you still enjoy the thread...
  5. Parts & Construction
    First time builder here for dart frogs (though fairly experienced in building for other reptiles, amphibians, and fresh water aquariums). I'm wondering how people add in a water portion into their vivarium by making their false bottom floor level drop below the false bottom/water reservoir...
  6. Parts & Construction
    Looooong time lurker and first post! I'm trying to recreate Raf's vine background ( https://www.dendroboard.com/forum/parts-construction/57563-pics-my-new-constructed-vivarium-15.html#post522377 ) because it looks undeniably amazing. I'm trying to stay as true to the formula and technique as...
  7. Parts & Construction
    Okay, I've looked all over, but can't figure this out. I like the idea of making a corner pond for drainage and aesthetic, but I do not understand how to go about constructing one. I've seen "slope the false bottom" but that's it. What do you do with your substrate, or substrate barrier? is...
  8. Parts & Construction
    This is a project I've been mulling over for almost a year, and finally got the time to jump into it. My ex left this old quilt chest at my house, and everytime I look at it all I see is a viv. I forgot to get the dimensions but it's a lil smaller than a standard 20gl. I started by taking it...
  9. Parts & Construction
    Hello everyone, I'm getting ready to buy a new 18x18x24 exo Terra and I would like to try a different method for background construction instead of the usual GS. I was looking around, and a clay background seems very interesting because you can sculpt it just the way you want. I read you can use...
  10. Parts & Construction
    We have this half an acre of land somewhere in Jackson and I was thinking of building a Zoo Exhibit. For business as well as for conservation. Some friends recommended I should go with COST of Wisconsin. Anybody knows something about them? It would really help. Thanks a lot!
  11. General Discussion
    I got a free 75 gallon aquarium off of craigslist and I am still undecided on what to do with it. Today I got the idea of a completely self sufficient deep water paludarium including a food chain in the water and on land. I want to have dart frogs or newts be the primary predators on land and...
  12. Member's Frogs & Vivariums
    Hi Everyone, I am setting up a new dart frog vivarium and I am having one huge issue with the great stuff foam. I applied the foam about three days ago and I turned the tank upright this morning and noticed that the foam in the back is still in almost a liquid form. It is not leaking out...
  13. Member's Frogs & Vivariums
    Hey Everyone, I wanted to share a build I have been working on the last month for a co-worker who wanted a tank for his living room. He says its for his 2 daughters but he secretly wants it for himself! :D ....He will figure out soon that frogs and vivariums are really cool and nothing to...
  14. Parts & Construction
    First build, all from scratch. Cut glass myself from window scraps. Sides, top, and bottom are tinted. I figured this would work great since I plan to illuminate from behind (the back is normal transparent glass) and use cleverly placed mirrors to make the light come from the front, without the...
  15. Parts & Construction
    Hello everyone! I am building a 20 gallon, 24 long, 12 wide, 18 deep. It is mostly inspired by 'the peninsula' by Justin Grimm. I am looking to get 3 or 4 Epipedobates Anthonyi dart frogs. After alot of research I finally started the build, I will continue to post as the project progresses and...
  16. Parts & Construction
    A lot of this thread might end up in the beginner mistakes thread! I'm turning an old 55g that used to house hermit crabs into a paludarium. Since it's so much space and mixing species is, at least for beginners like me, not advisable, I decided to give the land space to a couple dart frogs...
  17. Parts & Construction
    Hi everyone, I've just announced my startup in this thread and thought I'd make a construction thread for those interested in following how I'm building my prototype structures. I'm building everything out of laser-cut acrylic. I do all of the designs myself and have them laser-cut; I get the...
  18. Parts & Construction
    What are the main ways to create a background and the pro's and con's for them? I know a couple of the different methods used are: clay cat litter foam covered with aquarium grade silicone and coco husk foam covered with PVA (with paint mixed in for colour) and coco husk I've already foamed...
  19. Member's Frogs & Vivariums
    Hey Everyone, So I am somewhat new to Dendroboard, only been on here a few months. I got into the idea of possibly buidling a Vivarium in my room, and joined this forum to get some more info to sway myself one way or another. I was quickly in full on build mode after only a few days of...
  20. Beginner Discussion
    I'm new to viv building and am currently building one using the hydro balls method. However, I would like to build a viv that has a waterfall. My main question is: Do you need a water filter? I'm thinking of creating a egg crate filter that covers the sub pump which will be located in the corner...
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