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After a less than a yesr running my 55g Tank
http://www.dendroboard.com/forum/me...-55g-tinctorius-vivarium-pics-very-heavy.html
got scales infection so i decided to move Tinctorius to a new tank.
Also the decision was made to create a frog rack.



2 levels of vivs, the upper three are all 19.6" (50cm) cubes.
The lover vivs are not even done.

Here is the rack itself. Iwant to describe it in another topic, when all vivs for the rack will be rady ;)




So here i'll show the fisrt viv of thee "brothers" - A-Project

This tank will hold my current D. Tinctorius Cobald, moved from old viv.
Here is the dimentions in cm & some organisation. Nothing special.









I'm using EpiWeb for sidewalls.
Simple silicone will do the job.







Eggcarte with first attempts to make root system.



Root system done from styrofoam, covered with acrylic sealant & painted with acrylic paint.
I bought myself Dremel to cut the styrofoam in shape.







Background wall is rather simple. Same old good styrofoam with acrylic sealant & painted with acrylic paint. Also some sand added to acrylic sealant.





Vines made of rope, silicone & cocofiber.







Here is installed vines.









Substrat added. A kind of ABG mix self made covered with magnolia leaves.







And yes, there are handmade mushrooms ;)
It's polymer clay painted with acrylic paint. Sculturing them to the form & painting i really a meditative process :)





And here goes planting. Also nothing special - brooms, peperomia, Dendrobium Loddigesii & Ficus Pumila. I'm really short in plants list.









 

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Lookin good! Are the vivs homemade? I'm always impressed when I see those. Nice lookin tree root as well!

Cheers
 

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Nice! I love your vine work!
 

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wow this really came together nicely!! The vines really brought it all together!! And your mushrooms are quite lovely!!

I'm never going to grow any in my gecko tanks...wonder if I should make some.
 

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Thanks guys & remember 4 more to go :D

Mushrooms are from polymer clay.
Here are some not painted yet.









And the paints for you to know the brand.

 

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After painting, mushrooms were covered with varnish. Specially for polymer clay. Some are covered with gloss varnish, some without gloss. I see no real difference.
 
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What are the fake hollow logs made from? They are great looking.
Simple styrofoam. Named styrodur - the one wich is thick. I can't find the word for english equivalent, but it's rather common here on DB.

styrodur -


I think an R. Reticulatus would do great in that viv! very nice btw.
I was rather concerned if they will suit such cubic space, but they'r using all floor provided and lianas. Especially the male - seems he likes to be on top.
 

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that's cool, i thought tinctorius just sat in the leaf litter! guess not.
Mostly they do, mine do not climb that much as D. Leucomelas as an example, but anything that is above 4in is occupied. I mean lianas above the substrate level. I see them to be active in the evening with evening lightings. They prefer soft lighting.
 

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very nice.
subcribed here and to your YouTube.
I love that viv style and I think I'm gonna attempt to make my own.
 

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After painting, mushrooms were covered with varnish. Specially for polymer clay. Some are covered with gloss varnish, some without gloss. I see no real difference.
Hi RNkot, I was looking into making some stuff with polymer clay. I googled is polymer clay waterproof. Basically got an answer saying that over time the clay will turn white after absorbing water.

Is the Varnish Water proof ? What brand is it ?
 

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Nievesgirl, mine varnish is local produced, so you'll never find it in your stores. Package says that it is waterbased. Brand will tell you nothing, sorry :eek:

I will keep updating shots of the viv & if it will turn white after absorbing water i'll inform :)

Frankly speaking i'm continuously translating material names from english, searching equivalents localy, than trying to translate back in to english :D With such a mess, good portion of sense is lost :D
 
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