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  1. Beginner Discussion
    Hello everyone! I am in the process of setting up my first viv and I am planning on keeping Phyllobates vittatus once it has had time to establish. I am using a 20 long for this build, and I am currently in the final steps of making sure everything is where I want it. I purchased a piece of...
  2. Parts & Construction
    I plan on building a plywood 18x18x24, because the exo terras are overpriced, and have the ugly line down the middle. I have seen many people saying that epoxy is a great way to seal the tank. This is probably a good way, but it’s just way to expensive. A reliable can of that stuff can cost more...
  3. Parts & Construction
    I recently purchased a LOT of cork. 5 quite large pieces of it. I recently discovered some of it has an ants nest inside of it. Although it's very cool to have your own ant nest, I'm afraid they need to go... So I was wondering what is the best way to kill off any unwanted pests living inside...
  4. Parts & Construction
    Hey all, after being interested for a few years I finally started my 55 gallon convert for some Tincs down the road after giving the viv time to grow in and get some experience with fruit flies. I've completed the egg crate false bottom method (edged with gravel for atheistic) with a drainage...
  5. Beginner Discussion
    Hi all, I'm so glad I found this forum, it's been really great so far. I'd love some feedback on the hardscape I'm considering at the moment. The bare right side is going to have a little pond and I plan to run the water out of the right arm of the wood (there's naturally a hole at the center...
  6. Parts & Construction
    Now this might be a weird thing to ask, but... anyone know what kind of wood this is? I got it at a chain pet store as "driftwood". All Living Things brand... it's heavy and sinks in water. Front Back Close up of back texture After reading about how Grape wood will mold away in moist...
  7. Parts & Construction
    Have a local source for a bunch of old, weathered ligustrum root for free. It looks great and I'd love to use it in my background and as centerpieces in a new tank. I believe this is also known as Privet, Japanese Privet, Wax-Leaved privet. Does anyone know if it's safe to use? Have you used...
  8. Parts & Construction
    Hello, I'm thinking of starting a new project and need some help! I always used coco panels and cork panel for backgrounds, but I wanted a GS background for my 120x40x40cm tank. I have 4 pieces of mopani wood that I would love to use on the background, but I'm afraid that they are a little...
  9. Parts & Construction
    Hey All, I've been looking into shelving recently and after reading some different stories about metal shelving and the prices I'm leaning toward making wooden shelving. Is there any pros and cons that I should be aware of before going down this path? Has anyone made a construction thread for...
  10. 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...
  11. Parts & Construction
    Hello, I Have started building my vivarium this week. and i have a few questions. Here: you can see the wood that I have collected on a trip to the local forest, it is all dry, but I have seen some insects creeping on it, dont mind the tape and the other things (the measuring things are for...
  12. Parts & Construction
    Hello everyone! This is my first build, but I have been looking at many interesting builds on here for quite some time (1moreminute, GRIMM, Steve88W, Devo, and many more). I really love all of their builds! Anyway, I first started during last year's summer, but I have been busy with school and...
  13. Member's Frogs & Vivariums
    Well, I like Wire Bakers Racks, but they have inflexible limitations at times. They may be 48", but the vertical post cut out 2" of usable space per shelf. That means that you cant fit 4 12" wide tanks per shelf, so you end up using 3, with wasted space. That drives me nuts. I'd like to make...
  14. General Discussion
    I have read a lot of people recommending that wood be sterilized with an autoclave. I don't think that this will work as well as everyone seems to think it will - unless it is in the autoclave for a very long time. Autoclaves are great for sterilizing small metal objects and I'm sure that...
  15. Parts & Construction
    Hey everyone, I posted this question in my pre hex build thread but wanted to ask in a separate thread to make it easier for others to find later. I want to purchase a piece of driftwood from an ebay seller who often sells cedar which I have learned is a no no. This piece however, he promises...
  16. Parts & Construction
    I have read so many different ways of cleaning the wood and plants I have for my new viv. I didn't get any of these plants of pieces of wood from the wild they all came from reputable pet supply dealers. Wood: petco / independent pet store / NEHerp Plants: Black Jungle What is the best way to...
  17. Parts & Construction
    Hello Everyone, I am starting my first dart viv and am trying to find some really nice pieces of drift wood for the background, a waterfall and just to place around. 1. What type of wood to you find works well and doesn't rot 2. Where did you get it from, I live in Virginia Thank you!
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