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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! :lol:

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!! :evil: 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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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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OK soo you have been warned!

Here is the tank taped out and covered so I can spray paint the back of the tank. Couldn't stand looking at the yellow so it has to go.




Finished product.......


Not the best job as my spray can messed up and paint went everywhere. LoL these things only happen to me!!!!



Alright soo here's where it starts to get scary........top view of the tank.



Front view

 

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Looks like good start to me. I'm excited to see where it goes from here. lol I could totally see the spray can doing that to me.

Why are you people liking the fact that I'm scarred for life? So cruel!
 

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It is a start for sure. Just not sure its going in the direction I want it too!?! Gotta sit back and think where to go from here.

LoL there is suppose to be a lil plastic piece in the nozzle of the spray can but I guess it fell out and I couldn't find it but when I went to shack the can paint came out everywhere including all over my hand and arm!
 

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Hahahaah spray paint is the worst! When I sprayed the back of my 10 I accidentally spray painted all my toes black, too. That stuff does not come off! Ended up having to douse myself in lamp oil. Ugh.

It looks good! What kind of foam are you using?
 
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