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Taari 11-10-2012 05:33 AM

Vivarium build journal
 
I decided to tear down my 40 breeder and turn it into a vivarium for the d. azureus I'll be getting next week. I had never been totally happy with the scape and was getting pretty bored with it. Today I worked on getting everything out and cleaning it, then I started on the framework of the false bottom. This is as far as I've gotten so far.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...n/DSCN1209.jpg

Taari 11-11-2012 10:22 PM

Today I started working on the waterfall. I wanted to be able to use the foam to hold the slate and rocks for the waterfall in place, and to do that, I needed to be able to lay my support piece attached to the false bottom flat. Due to the size and weight of my aquarium, it wasn't feesable to prop the tank itself up on a corner, so I made a jig with two pieces of OSB, held together with angle brackets, propped up by cement blocks, and wrapped in wax paper so the foam wouldn't stick to the wood.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...n/DSCN1213.jpg
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After that, I put a hole in the back for my tubing and laid out the rocks for my waterfall

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...n/DSCN1215.jpg

Then laid down foam

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...n/DSCN1216.jpg

Once the foam is hardened, I'll set the false bottom upright and start on the pool and the river.

Sd760 11-11-2012 10:41 PM

Excited to see progress

Taari 11-12-2012 12:49 AM

River and second waterfall. I'll carve out the foam from the center of the river and the pool at the bottom of the first waterfall.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...s/DSCN1219.jpg

Amandas tank 11-12-2012 12:52 AM

subscribed. This looks like it's going to be a great journal!

Gold Finger 11-12-2012 01:22 AM

Fun! I used to keep Mantellas. Can't wait to see what you end up with.

Sd760 11-12-2012 02:19 AM

Awesome river an fall structure

Taari 11-12-2012 02:26 AM

Thanks! It's so hard waiting for the foam to cure. I want to start carving it so that it actually looks like a pond and river, instead of just a mound of foam.

Learner 11-12-2012 03:22 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Taari (Post 2075623)
Thanks! It's so hard waiting for the foam to cure. I want to start carving it so that it actually looks like a pond and river, instead of just a mound of foam.

great start! Thats looks like the pond foam from tetra. The GS will cure much faster is you spray it with water. Carvable in less than a few hours if its not too deep. Cant wait to see more!

Taari 11-12-2012 03:42 AM

It's not greatstuff brand, I forget what it is, but it's for ponds and stone. I like it because it's black so it's easier to disguize. If I don't totally cover some of it with coco fiber or sand, it won't stick out like a sore thumb.

Taari 11-12-2012 05:51 PM

Carved the foam out

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...s/DSCN1222.jpg

Forgot to take a pic of just the scilicone, but basically I took some GE scilicone 1 for windows and doors (considered to be safe for fish and aquariums, so I assume it's safe for frogs too) and laid it on pretty thick, then used a putty knife to smear it around until all the cut foam was coated with it, then I piled on this nice, smooth pea gravel and pressed it in and poured off the extra pebbles. Next I poured some sand over the pebbles to fill in the gaps between them and poured the sand off.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...s/DSCN1223.jpg
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And finally, I did a little carving of the waterfall and smeared scilicone on that as well, then added some pebbles and river rocks for looks and to help direct water flow where I want it.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...s/DSCN1229.jpg

Amandas tank 11-12-2012 06:20 PM

Oh gosh this is going to be so cool!

schoolzoo 11-13-2012 07:04 PM

Looks great - It will be interesting when its all finished. :)

Taari 11-13-2012 09:32 PM

The scilicone is cured and I set it up outside to test the waterfall, I can see one minor change I would make with the flow of the waterfall, but other than that I'm very happy with it. I think it looks even better with the water running over it.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...s/DSCN1242.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...s/DSCN1244.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...s/DSCN1245.jpg

schoolzoo 11-14-2012 05:27 PM

Looks great - I'll be watching to see how you finish the rest of the land.


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