Benedictopia... vivarium build

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    41714049 Contributing Member

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    Hello everyone,

    I am currently in the planning phase of my biggest vivarium undertaking. This vivarium will house a large group of standard benedicta. The planning has been in the works for a few months now and the construction has begun. The construction is happening at the same time my home office construction (tank will be in my office). This will not likely be a very rapid construction journal so please be patient with my slow updates. I will likely post pictures of the construction this weekend... place is a mess right now. So for now I will just show the main focal points of the tank landscaping; the driftwood. Driftwood was delivered after being sourced for me by a reptile shop. I supplied them with size and the rough shape I was looking for and they pretty much got it spot on. So here are the main pieces of driftwood.

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    Piece #2 - Side 2

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    All 3 Pieces with a 4-foot T-Square for scale

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    how big is this monster going to be ????

    wow you got nice wood :p
     
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    I can't wait to see this come together. Is the last picture a rough layout of how the wood's going to sit in the tank? What are the dimensions?
     
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    Thanks! The interior of the tank will be about 560 USGal.

    The layout is still to be determined, those were just placed like that when I was moving them into the house. I needed them out of my garage as they took up enough space that I could not walk through my workshop. I am pondering several different layouts.

    Interior tank dimensions will be approximately:

    90" wide (left to right)
    36" deep (front to back)
    46" tall (top to bottom)
     
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    good luck! Im really looking forward to this build
     
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    Thanks Drew!
     
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    Any idea what kind of wood that is?


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    I'll be tagging along!
     
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    To be honest I am not 100% sure. But to give you some information, this wood that he supplies is used in all of the Mistking tanks, Marty actually introduced me to him. In addition there have been hundreds of reptile, amphibian, and fish tanks over this wood has been used in over many many years with no issues.
     
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    Wow!!
    That's going to be quite the display vivarium.
     
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    Slight correction... sorry I used my estimated dimensions from my plans. Here are the actual tank internal dimentions

    84" wide (left to right)
    35" deep (front to back)
    53" tall (top to bottom)

    Which is approximately 675 USGal.
     
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    Alright... finally got an update. As you probably have guessed a tank this size I am building out of plywood (sorry to disappoint Glenn). I have no intention of ever moving this tank so it is built into the walls of my office. Features 4 separate electrical lines, 1 single gang box, and 3 double gang boxes. There is also a nearly silent exhaust to outside that will take away the excess heat from the lights. Those lines are run to the utility room next to it in a junction box. This will allow me to rewire or branch off any of the outlets to other sources or timers at any time directly from a single point in the utility room. All of the wiring for the tank runs on a separate 15A GFI protected circuit. The tank was built outside of the room because I would not be able to get around it to screw everything together any other way. Also, due to the electrical and venting, the tank had to be lifted into place, slid in, then lifted all the way to the ceiling. I MacGyver-ed a lifting lever system powered by a car jack. After being lofted into place, supports were put in. I still need to add more supports, but have not got there yet. Here are pictures of the lift, where the electrical outlets are, where the vent is, and how the office looks right now. Please ignore the purple glow in the pics from by grow light for the plants.

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    This is really exciting.

    What plant light did you end up with?
     
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    It is a used 140W vegetative growth light... no brand on it, but the broms and cuttings are doing really well under it. The cuttings are in a "greenhouse" made of BBQ skewers and a clear plastic bag. I have created a hole in the bag now that they have rooted and am enlarging the hole every 2 days to get the cuttings used to the lower humidity.

    I can sit in the tank with plenty of room and even with the missing supports that I have not yet completed, it does not even let out a peep.
     
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    So things obviously have been busy, drywall is up and first layer of mud is on. After / During mudding I am going to be getting my rubberized membrane for the tank. After lots of research, I have narrowed it down to the following product:

    RubberGuardPRO (http://www.rubberguardpro.com)

    This product has the features I want:
    1. Fully water proof.
    2. Seam tape can be embedded to strengthen corners / joints.
    3. Potable water safe.
    4. Dries black (this is the hardest feature to find).
    5. Can pick up this stuff 30 min drive from my house.
    Will update some pics with drywall progress soon.
     
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    Looks like a good coating, need some more pics.
     
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    If this product ia ANYTHING like the weathershield flex. Make sure to apply silicone to the joints after u applied the product. Otherwise its just gonna peel off the silicone if u did it visa versa.

    Sent from my SGH-I317M using Tapatalk
     
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    I will not be using silicone on the corners / joints at all. I will be using reinforcing mesh embedded within the layers of rubber on all corners and joints.
     
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    Hi everyone... Sort for the slow updates... I had a busy / rough few weeks. Did some work and going to get pictures soon.

    I do have 2 questions.

    1. How many misting nozzles do you guys think I need... I need to order the glass top soon and it will be predrilled.
    2. How much air movement would you guys recommend? Would 120 cfm (combimed) from 3 or 4 locations be good?
     

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