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post #1 of 31 Old 02-19-2014, 08:04 PM Thread Starter
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New Adventure.......project!

So lately I have been looking at a lot of Vivariums. I have always wanted one. So the more I looked the more I wanted to try my hands at building one.. I am not very good at creating things but am very good at messing them up!

So I decided to take the plunge into one. I have been looking on a different board to get ideas on how to make one happen. I will soon be making a help thread there as well but I wanted to share well some of yall wanted me to share it here as well here soo here it goes.

Some of you (very few now I imagine) may remember this tank.

I decided to break it out of storage. Is where it landed after I got disgusted with it after fungus formed on in it.

First thing first I had to remove the top rim off the tank to remove and burn that background!! That was no easy task as the last time I removed it I siliconed the crap out of it. Yeah is the last time I will remove it!!!!

Did finally get it removed at about 30 mins of scraping away the silicone.


Now that I have a clean tank it was time to start making a false bottom out of eggcrate and pvc piping.


Here is what I have as of now

The column on the left is for access to get a pump/powerhead in and out as I plan on making a drip wall in this tank.

I still have to get more pvc piping as I didn't get enough. I also got a lil more cutting to do on the eggcrate as I plan to make a small water hole where the drip wall will flow into if I can manage to get it right. LoL Once that is done I will take out the eggcrate and wrap it in weed block fabric soo that my substrate doesn't go through. This is going to be a slow build for me as I have been working a lot here laterly and not been getting many days off but tomorrow I am hoping to get the false bottom done. From there I plan on making a background.

Anyways time will tell if I can manage to get this right or not and it ends up being scraped!
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post #2 of 31 Old 02-19-2014, 09:40 PM
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This looks like it will be an awesome project! Glad to see your 55 gal is getting put to use!

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post #3 of 31 Old 02-20-2014, 06:21 AM
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HUZZAH!!! Thanks for starting this build thread, BDM!

I'm very happy to see this come out of storage. . . I remember it well! Nothing better than resurrecting an old tank. . . for something completely new!
I *might* be even more excited than you are for this tank! The idea of fifty-five gallons of BDM viv makes me weak at the knees! If it does half as well as your drained and dirty ten gallon project, we're all in for a treat! ^__^



. . . bonus excited, cuz' I get to learn from you before I grow out my ten! Too bad I don't have the space for a 55 *jealous*

CAN. NOT. WAIT! to see this tank grow! *GRINS*

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Haha Jes!!! Well the emersed tank there is doing better then I thought and the plant have grown more then I imagined they would especially the crypts!
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do say you'll post regular photos ?
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do say you'll post regular photos ?
Willow lol will try to post pics when I can after I make some more progress.
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any progress
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Not much.....lol

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post #9 of 31 Old 03-11-2014, 12:31 PM Thread Starter
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Have gotten the false bottom done and am working on the background.
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post #10 of 31 Old 03-11-2014, 01:53 PM
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Is this where someone needs to say pictures or it didn't happen? :p
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