Hopefully Doug (pumilio) can estimate your glass needs. For bg and false bottom your looking at a minimum bill of $50 at the hardware store. The bigger the more money lol.
arnt the big exo terras around $150 - $200?I'm not interested in the cost for a background or false bottom. Only for the tank itself. Trying to decide if it's worth the effort to build my own or just by an exo terra. I already know what's involved with building a viv out of an aquarium, just not building the actual tank.
Sorry, I work with dual pane insulated and get all my single pane as scrap so I really can't say what a retail outlet would charge. All my vivs were free, as scrap glass.Hopefully Doug (pumilio) can estimate your glass needs. For bg and false bottom your looking at a minimum bill of $50 at the hardware store. The bigger the more money lol.
Much more than that. The one I'd really like is their largest (36Lx18Wx36H)and it's on sale for 25% at Petsmart or a measly $299. The next size down (36Lx18Wx24H) is $289. I've not found them cheaper than this. I'm thinking I'll have a go at making one, but I have no clue of the cost of glass. Plus I'm fearful of not putting it together strong enough.arnt the big exo terras around $150 - $200?
if so would make my own, and get glass and or plexi-glass
I would agree with that. 1/4 inch if you are careful. Here is a nice build link. http://www.dendroboard.com/forum/parts-construction/63870-building-glass-vivarium.html1/4" Would work good and 3/8" would be great! You could go thinner if you built a steel frame, the frame would take all the stress off the joints.
Building a tank is not to hard, it's even better if you have help. You will need a very very sturdy table, with a nice flat top!
Here is a used tank that is fairly close to you. It's really big, but you could modify it! AUCT Arboreal Lizard Vivarium - Vivarium Forums
Here is the tank I made.
A few years ago I was working on a plywood version. I ended up scrapping the wood when I got rid of my other tanks. I'd not gotten very far, but was stuck in trying to figure out the best way to secure the front glass to the wood. Now, I'm thinking the glass will make for a nice setup and less likely for leaks or long term degradation.The key to making your own is the silicone work make sure you practice on some scrap glass to get the hang of it, the key is an even bead and more is not always better and it looks bad as well. You can always go with a plywood box style with a glass front or glass front and sides. That style makes drilling holes easier and strength isn't an issue then, they can also be made to match furniture.
Thanks, this gives me at least an idea of what to expect. Their prices are decent, but I just missed a delivery truck to my area. Shipping would eat the difference in cost. It looks like prices can vary significantly between glass shops so after Christmas, when I plan to start, I'll be calling around my area for prices.you can price out the glass at glass cages. they sell cut panes and also sell starfire if you are looking to go really high end.