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    My first try at setting up a vivarium (24 x 18 x 18)

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    Hi all,

    Decided to try setting up my first vivarium for a change. Started off by getting an exo terra 24" x 18 " x 18", building a duct to hold a fan for ventilation and created a foam background.








    Got Chihiro LED lights (2 sets)

    Last edited by flex; 22nd Jul 2016 at 01:16.

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    Re: My first try at setting up a vivarium (24 x 18 x 18)

    Have also bought some drift wood for the scape and built an artificial bottom for the drainage layer



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    Re: My first try at setting up a vivarium (24 x 18 x 18)

    Gonna follow this thread! Pls update frequently XD

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    Re: My first try at setting up a vivarium (24 x 18 x 18)

    Yup gotta watch this space, looks interesting and promising

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkinHead View Post
    Gonna follow this thread! Pls update frequently XD

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    Thanks! Will do

    Quote Originally Posted by Guppendler View Post
    Yup gotta watch this space, looks interesting and promising
    Thanks!

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    Just used silicon to stick a layer of eco earth onto the background. Hopefully it all sticks on nicely!


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    Nice.. will keep following.. excited to see more...
    Good fish ain't cheap... Cheap fish ain't gd...

    Breeding Apisto inca and Apisto guttata...

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    Re: My first try at setting up a vivarium (24 x 18 x 18)

    camping here for more updates.

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    Re: My first try at setting up a vivarium (24 x 18 x 18)

    Nice and exciting build! Where did you buy the spray foam and how much?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Apistoinka View Post
    Nice.. will keep following.. excited to see more...
    Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by AQMS View Post
    camping here for more updates.
    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cardinal Tetra View Post
    Nice and exciting build! Where did you buy the spray foam and how much?
    Thanks!

    I used great stuff spray foam which I got off ebay a couple of years back (was actually meant for another project which I nv got to). Can't rem the exact price but it was quite expensive because of the shipping. The issue was that I could not find some locally back then. Found a site that sells similar foam in SG if you need to get some - http://www.pfetec.sg/products/polyurethane/

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    Re: My first try at setting up a vivarium (24 x 18 x 18)

    Some updates for today. Dusted off the excess eco earth and put in the drainage and substrate layers (both about 2" thick). I added some hydroton for the drainage layer as some links I read said they act as media for beneficial stuff (bacteria? thought it was only essential for fish. Anyway I added some) to grow.





    I left a gap to surround the edges with some pebbles for a more naturalistic finish. Did not want to see any plastic as far as possible.



    Roughly what the tank looks like with just the drainage layer in.


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    Finally added the substrate (eco earth, charcoal, sphagnum moss, orchid bark, fir bark - Ratio 1:1:1:2:2). Tried arranging the drift wood to see if it fit nicely before tying on some christmas moss.


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    Re: My first try at setting up a vivarium (24 x 18 x 18)

    Hi Flex, where to purchase the foam spray? May I know the damage too.
    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlin View Post
    Hi Flex, where to purchase the foam spray? May I know the damage too.
    Thanks!
    Hey jlin, I got mine off ebay (it's called great stuff). Can't rem the price as I got it sometime back. It was quite expensive due to the shipping charges. You can try to get some locally at http://www.pfetec.sg/products/polyurethane/

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    My tentative layout of some plants I managed to get so far. Think I will need to remove the African violet as it is way too wet in there. Any comments to improve the scape is welcome










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    Looks awesome.. the mister sure gonna cost a bomb.. maybe some red plants will look good..
    Good fish ain't cheap... Cheap fish ain't gd...

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    Re: My first try at setting up a vivarium (24 x 18 x 18)

    Hey Flex, Thanks alot for the info! Would like to try out vivarium too. Nice setup, hope to see the finished mature layout soon. Cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Apistoinka View Post
    Looks awesome.. the mister sure gonna cost a bomb.. maybe some red plants will look good..
    Thanks! Yeah the mister did leave a dent. Guess there is a price to pay for convenience. haha. Agree that I need something red too. Will prob add in some ferns and vines as well.

    Quote Originally Posted by jlin View Post
    Hey Flex, Thanks alot for the info! Would like to try out vivarium too. Nice setup, hope to see the finished mature layout soon. Cheers!
    Thanks! I'm looking forward to seeing how it will look when it matures as well. Hopefully the plants survive!

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    Thanks!

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