So much to reply to, I'm just going to go down the line. Just so everyone knows, this is not for darts, heat is a good thing, I'm keeping P. sauvagei in the larger tank, then some L. flavomaculatus (big-eyed tree frogs), C. guintheri (eyelash frogs), and my russian tortoise.
Tony T, Thanks man, bet your frogs will appreciate the new misting system.
Ridge, If you have seen Ben Green's racks, he has a section of no-see mesh at the top in a blac frame. I plan to do this, but on a much larger scale, one on top and one on bottom for the taller tank. After talking/debating/arguing with Scott MacDonald I will not be using a drainage system, but siphon it out of the water area when needed.
Moe, thanks, I was thinking about cutting out squares on both sides of the lighting areas, (only 1 side for the smaller tank, obviously) to put some smaller fans in, but with P. sauvagei heat requirements, I would think it would blow the heat out (main purpose, haha). Still in debate.
Homer, Thank you especially, because you were the one who helped me a while back about the resin. I was thinking of making the frame thing, but the plywood would cover up viewing area. Another kink to work out. If you look close, there's a lip around the fornt of each of the cages about 1" to set the glass on. I used 3/4" I believe, thinner on back, since it's supported by everything else.
JHupp, I will have to look that tool up, thanks. My lighting will depend of species, but I do not use compact fluorescents (don't have the cash), so it will be fluorescents and incandescents for P. sauvagei.
Tad604, as the name suggests, yes it will be a rack. Also as I mentioned, it will be sealed with fiberglass resin and the vivarium will be in there, no glass tanks. We took molding (1/2" x 1" I think) and put it on 3 sides of each shelf to hold them up so we could get the glue, brad gun nails, and screws to hold. By framing this with 2 x 4's, it would be overkill, I don't want to make a boat, jsut a rack of vivariums, which aren't heavy at all. On a side note, My Dad and I can sit in that large tank without a sag. I prefer to use false bottoms (lighter), and not much standing water.
Devin, Thanks devin. I will be sanding all this week, thne filling in any spots with silicone, then caulking all the seems, and then it can be coated with the resin. I was thinknig about doing the great stuff back gorund on the frog tnaks, still not sure aobut the tortoise pen on bottom.
Kyle, once again, not for darts. I keep forgetting to point out these little bits of info (haha), since it is an all dart frog board.
Justin, This rack is pretty rigid, we used a lot of that molding to support each shelf and the divider in the middle. Thanks for the interest.
Urban Frogz, I have been perfecting my plans for a long time now and took them to my Dad and he said he could help me build it. He's self employed, and does remodeling, construtcion, carpenter work, etc. all kinds of stuff.
Klye, Thank you for the concern :wink:
Now I'm exhausted, haha. I appreciate all of the questions, commments, suggestions, etc. Keep them coming.