My 1st Build

My 1st Build

Postby goblin » Tue Jul 19, 2011 9:16 am

This is the first time im posting something on this site but have been on for some time now to do research on what i want. Ive decided to build me a Natural viv and here are some pics of how far i came.

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Re: My 1st Build

Postby goblin » Tue Jul 19, 2011 9:17 am

Got all messy afterwards :D
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Re: My 1st Build

Postby goblin » Tue Jul 19, 2011 9:19 am

After alot of grouting it was time to add some colour
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Re: My 1st Build

Postby goblin » Tue Jul 19, 2011 9:21 am

And this is how far i am at the moment. few more coats of Marine Varnish then 2 get my fountain sorted and some plants and glass
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Re: My 1st Build

Postby snake kid » Tue Jul 19, 2011 9:25 am

dude you're good, what did you use to stick the foam?
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Re: My 1st Build

Postby nvlooi » Tue Jul 19, 2011 9:35 am

That is very impressive, Im very happy to see more people are leaning towards natural looking vivs.
And this also shows that there are still some creative people out there!

Can you share some info on this built: material, size, expensis etc..


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Re: My 1st Build

Postby cvanvollenstee » Tue Jul 19, 2011 10:06 am

What did you use to cut the foam. And did you use Tile Groute for the smoothness. I use a jig saw to cut the foam.
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Re: My 1st Build

Postby goblin » Tue Jul 19, 2011 10:08 am

ok i used plywood total height is 1,8 metres sides are 1m x 1m x 1.1m +-. im not sure on the cost coz i just lost track after the 5th visit 2 the hardware store. Used about 3x 5kg grout, 4 x tubes of No Nails, 2l Marine Varnish, Got 5 downlighter 3 from the top and 2 from the bottom. must still get uvb, infra red and moonlight bulbs and also the fountain and a humidifier.

done lots of research and is almost the same as i pictured it being. will gt sum more pics as i go along.

I used a normal cutting knife 2 cut the foam.

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Re: My 1st Build

Postby cvanvollenstee » Tue Jul 19, 2011 10:32 am

Get your infra red from a shop that sells lights. These other brand name infra reds never lasts and you pay a arm and a leg for them. What are you planning to put in there?
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Re: My 1st Build

Postby LAMB Pythons » Tue Jul 19, 2011 10:42 am

Looking good man!!
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Re: My 1st Build

Postby gfunk » Tue Jul 19, 2011 12:35 pm

Judging from the size u gonna put something big in there, iguana maybe? would be interesting to know :-)
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Re: My 1st Build

Postby goblin » Tue Jul 19, 2011 12:49 pm

Not sure as to yet wat is going inside. CAPE NATURE doesnt give me much option but i want something like the Chinese Water Dragons. It will be my 1st reptile, any suggestions?

I no ill fit in there if i cant find any reptiles......lmao
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Re: My 1st Build

Postby Boskobra » Tue Jul 19, 2011 1:27 pm

Nice going goblin.
That looks awsome, what ever goes in is going to be very happy.
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Re: My 1st Build

Postby cvanvollenstee » Tue Jul 19, 2011 4:51 pm

Chinese Water dragons is a good chois for that because it is a bit small for a Iguana after about 2 years.

Maybe a couple of cameleons. Creating a coloney.
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Re: My 1st Build

Postby bubblesharp » Tue Jul 19, 2011 5:02 pm

Maybe a couple of cameleons. Creating a coloney


I thought they were solitary animals and would fight if you keep a couple of them together? I don't have a lot of knowledge on chameleons, but if that is possible my wife is gonna love it, as I did not want to give her the display cabinet for just one chameleon, if its possible to house 3 or 4 together then guess what she's getting for Christmas!
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