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Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)
Some might call me crazy, but maybe that's just what i am :)
I am rebuilding my vivarium from this:
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to a combination of this:


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I have been looking at my vivarium for three years, and the viv became nicer and nicer along these years. But the problem is, that i am someone who needs to build something, not just look at at :) so during this time i let different ideas past my mind, but the slate look never left my mind.. So now is the time to start with my new project.

i will use this thread to show the progress of the conversion.

Empty:


Creating the walls:






1. The water will flow from the top in the middle (my new to be build waterfall), down the pool.
2. From the pool the water will flow from the lower right corner, behind the walls i created, which will be filled with filtration material.
3. On the left i made a hatch (you never know when u need to get there) where my pomp will be which will pump the water up to the waterfall.

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step by step.... but we will get there :)
Only problem i have now is that i am out of sillicone, so i need to get some new tomorow :)

 

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doesn't go as fast as i hoped due to other stuff i need to do, but yesterday i had a spare hour so here is a small update

i am trying to fit the slate not completely horizontal, because if i do that in the whole viv it will look to artificial, so every few layers i try to tilt the slate a bit to give it some diagonal lines as well.

Hopefully this weekend i will be ready with the styrofoam/polystyrene and the first layer of grout can be put on.



 

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super nice,
how were you carving up the poly and where'd you get it if you don't mind me asking
i assume u mean the polystyreen i used for the background? i got a pack of insulation sheets from my local diy shop, a pack with 10 sheets is about 8$ (but your flight over here will cost you a 100 times more). i guess this stuf is also available in the USA.
i carved it with a sharp knife and after that used my solderinggun to heat the edges to get a smooth edge
 

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That background is gonna be sweet.....
 

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Discussion Starter · #17 · (Edited)
added a extra layer of grout/epoxy to obtain a better stonelook





the bottom part is now looking how i want it to look :) only problem is that i am out of grout, so have to buy a new bag today
 
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