08-07-2006, 01:33 PM
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Allot will depend upon how much you want to spend. Chances are, no matter where you live, you can find interesting creatures to place in a Vivarium.
With mine, all I did was to use an old tank no one wanted (85 gal. 72"X16X15) and leave it lay on the stand it came with dropping the water down to 6-10" from the bottom (including substrate).
People will look at you like you're crazy when you begin, especially if you convert an existing tank. That is until nightfall when the moonlights and fogger come on and the Vivarium takes on a sort of primeval mood of lost days when the dinosaurs roamed... there I go again...
If the Moderators don't mind and they give me a small space, over the course of the next couple of weeks I could break open my CAD program (Rhinoceros 3D) and show you how to construct one from scratch, then do another from and existing tank.
Using a CAD program will allow me to demonstrate with pictures but not have to invest in any materials in order to show you how its done. Of course I can post some pictures of some of the materials I have laying around like Aquarium Silly-cone and some tools, but the CAD program has rendering engines for photo-realistic image creation...
It would take me a couple of weeks to do it in my spare time - I'm preparing to build a solar chimney in the back yard to relieve the electric bills.... but when I'm ready, I think the pictorial might be helpful.
While the purist will always use real plants, artificial plants work quite well unless the ground creatures you are interested in showing are exotic bugs which depend upon plants to live on.