Featured Viv Build From Scratch

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  1. TheForSaken

    TheForSaken Member

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    20170409_180933.jpg Been a slow start, but finally getting there.
    Stand is built and glass is all siliconed together. Tested for leaks and we're good to go.
    Have all my materials so will focus on getting this build finished up sooner than later.
    It's a bigger build, dimensions being 36x24x36 Euro style front sliding glass.
    Cork mosaic, Malaysian driftwood with a small pond area.


    PS- Had loads of pictures but the files are too big. Needs to get some sleep so not gonna mess with trying to figure all this out tonight...
    Good night guys
     
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    Very cool. Good for you for putting this together completely from scratch.

    You can try loading your images on to imgur.com and then linking them here using the photo icon (see below):


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    Looks great, I like the look of Euro style with the clean front. This might be in your pics that aren't up yet but do you have details on how you did the sliding front? And as a side note, where did you get your glass from? I'm in Edmonton too and am looking to get a glass top for a new viv. Where are your plants coming from?
     
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    Thanks Erikm will see what I can do after my shift.
    Aurust, what you see is where I'm at right now. Will be working on my steel mesh tonight. Darrel has a very detailed PDF file describing the method in great detail for this very build.
    Got my glass from Capilano, very satisfied. Depending on your top dimensions, I may have glass for you.
    As for plants, last time you hit me up, I had sent you links.
     
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    Got the steel mesh on along with the angles. The only thing I did different than Darrell's PDF file was that I decided to add a bead of silicone on the glass at the end of the mesh. On both ends.
    I'm thinking this should prevent flies from getting out.
     
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    Fixed the link to your imgur gallery. ;)

    This is a great build and I'm following along closely. Though it's pretty tough to imagine trying something like this myself - too nerve wracking!

    Any plans for what's going in this monster? Also, any link to the PDF you're working from?
     
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    Dendroboards search function hasn't been working as of late but if you Google Darryl Le Grange PDF file you should be able to find it.
    He has also made available a very handy calculator that will calculate the glass dimensions you will need for any size you choose to build.
    Nerve racking is an understatement lol. This is my first viv, I chose this size cause my wife will only let me have the 1 lol.
    But Darryls step by step made it very simple to follow the proper steps.
    As for frogs , I have a pretty good idea of what will be calling this viv home, but you'll have to wait and see till the time comes
     
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    There's no way I was about to flip this viv upside down, so I improvised.
    Managed to get the 2 strips of glass siliconed into place. This will hold the mesh nicely.
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    I've found Darryl Le Grange's PDF files but unfortunately the max up loadable allowance is 1MB.
    To bad this site is so restrictive on this, these plans could be very beneficial for members wanting to build their own viv from scratch.
     
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    If we allowed everyone to upload everything the hosting costs would be extremely high. There are many different free file hosting sites available on the internet, or I can even host it on my own server. You can email it to me:

    Erik at canadart dot org
     
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    Email sent Erik
    Please give credit to Darryl Le Grange
     
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    I will link it later this evening once I get home from easter dinner :)
     
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    About to get started on my cork and expansion foam background, wanted to share where I'm at before I do.
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    Finished carving my touch n' foam and have a couple sheets of spyra I want to apply to all the exposed foam. Going to use titebond 3 to glue it in place.
    Would their been any benefits to gluing down some 1/4" polyurethane AC foam first onto the touch n' foam and the spyra over that? Or would it just be wasted time, so spyra directly over top of the touch n' foam?
     
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    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] Gonna go ahead and just titebond the hygrolon/spyra directly to the expansion foam.
    Here's what it looks like so far.
     
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    [​IMG] [​IMG] Had a little set back, power supply from main LED crapped out on day 2. Just got another and things seem good to go.
    Tomorrow I'm gonna make/spread my moss slurry.
    Imma get a fts once things start to turn a little green
     
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    looking great...loving the layout with the water feature
     
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