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post #31 of 59 (permalink) Old 03-22-2012, 05:40 PM Thread Starter
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I got a stand last Saturday!!!!
It is a Oak bathroom cabinet for a sink. With some work it will make a great stand, and it only cost $15.00!!
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post #32 of 59 (permalink) Old 03-22-2012, 11:06 PM
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Good to see you back and progress being made. I've been looking forward to updates! More Pictures More Pictures, More Updates!
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post #33 of 59 (permalink) Old 03-23-2012, 06:00 PM Thread Starter
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All my time lately has been going to starting garden plants. So not much time too work on the build, here is my stand (after some chopping, and some glue).



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I so understand that especially with the early spring we are having here in Dallas. I managed to get my raised beds done and plated over the last two weekends but it took two full weekend to get it done. How big is your garden?

Looks like it is going to make a great tank stand, are you going to be adding any 2x4's to the inside? Shelf?

Great deal!
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My garden right now 60x40' plowed ground, one 14'x5' brick bed, 3 tractor tire beds. But I have 14 more tractor tires to fill with dirt, and 3 more brick beds to build and fill!
As for plants I am going to sell some this year. So I planted 200 tomato plants, 100 peppers, 100 eggplants, 60 broccoli plants, 48 cabbage plants. As for flowers 500+ plants, and I have a lot more seed to start!


I am going to do a lot of work on the stand, so it will hold up fine. I will post pics as I do the work.
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Holey Smokes - you got me beat and your hands full! I have a little garden patch about 10 x 15. Oh how I would love having a bigger area to garden in - or a bigger house for more tanks! Good luck with your garden and cant wait to see more updates.
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Alright, I am backup and running!!!

For Christmas my sister got me four Phyllobates vittatus. They were very unexpected, so now my build will be finished quickly!
I think the 55 is to small for all of those frogs (I want them to have room to run and frolic), so I am building a tank out of plywood with two glass sides it measures out at 26.5" wide, 19"deep, and 58" tall. The bottom 8" or so will be the fails bottom, and substrate.

Soon I will be needing lights, any ideas?









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post #38 of 59 (permalink) Old 01-04-2013, 03:51 PM Thread Starter
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I started applying the sealant, I just finished the second layer.
I am using Ame's BWRF1 Block & Wall Liquid Rubber Paint.
It is 100% acrylic, and is completely safe, and best of all I got it on sale for only $20.00 a gallon!!!

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Okay I have gotten a little more work done on it, but not a lot I have had a mean cold.


I got some more of the framing done, and after some more sealing I will be ready for the glass.



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looks good. for lights, you may want to invest in led's. even t5h0 are gonna have trouble penetrating all the way to the bottom once it is planted.
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Sorry for the slow reply I haven't been on much lately.
As for the lighting, I am going with LED's for bright light and T5's for some good UV light.
The guy I am getting them from is great, he has his LED lights custom made just for viv's! All the lighting is only going to cost about $275, that's not that bad right?
Here are the links to the lights.
http://lightyourreptiles.com/24hot5dobufi.html
http://www.dendroboard.com/forum/spo...ower-dome.html


The rest of the build is going great.
Yesterday I installed the tree, and got the fails bottom done. I will put in the bottom drain tonight, so I will start working on the foam work after that.







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Yesterday I did a water test, I let it sit full all night and it didn't leak a drip!



I have started on the background, should I go with a dirt looking background or a rock one?
If I go with rock should I use grout? And if so do any of you have a good thread on the grout method?

Here is my foam background, I will carve it depending on if it is rock or dirt.
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I order some grout today from the locale hardware store, so I am weighting on that. But I did put some containers in the top level, so I can put some small ferns up there.



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Now I am just waiting for it to dry.

I used a lot more grout on the bottom because that is where the water feature will run out. Now here are the pics!


Here is the background after a little carving.


The start of grouting.


I put in a piece of 1/2" CPVC pipe that runs out the back, that the water pump will hookup to.




I then cut up a straw and placed it along the front. then I put grout over them.






Once the grout was firm I removed the straws, which left a nice opening for the water to flow, and completely hiding the pipe.


Were it is with all the grout done, (it is still a little green) and the second one is for the other wall.



Should I seal the lower grout were the water runs, or is it okay?
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