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    New Vivarium

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    Recently was in a shop, famous one in Macpherson and found that they have expandable foam in stock. Had wanted to play with that material for a long time, but it was not easily available locally. So, I started planning and thinking and had always wanted to do something with a half cut tank... so went ahead and bought the material .....

    Untitled by kapitan, on Flickr

    Bought the tank from the famous shop in Havelock Rd, plus the egg crafts, which I did not use eventually.... tank is L30 x B24 x H 26 centimeters.

    Untitled by kapitan, on Flickr


    Here's a picture of the bottle of expandable foam, forgot to take a picture when new, but this is how it looks when used.

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    Took a few days to think how I wanted the tank to look like and after some thoughts decided...... and the unfinished product...

    Untitled by kapitan, on Flickr

    What I learnt during the making process is that the foam really expands.... and will sag due to gravity.... screwed up the first try, destroyed and re-do, this time with patience to let it dry out then go for second layer etc... the foam is light and I added a stone piece for water feature to weigh the foam down, though the foam do stick to the walls of the tank. Being foam, it can be craved with a sharp knife or box cutter, to the shape you like.... to create space for soil, inserted some pots into the structure....
    Untitled by kapitan, on Flickr

    The above picture is after craving, trimming, with soil added and initial planting....

    Also tested out water in tank, in case of leakages....

    Untitled by kapitan, on Flickr

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    Re: New Vivarium

    Here is the finished product.....
    Vivarium by kapitan, on Flickr

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    Now just sit down relax and watch the plants grow.... looking for bromeliads, anyone knows where??

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    Re: New Vivarium

    Wah bro, glad that you are still in the vivarium scene. Been awhile since you posted. Very nice setup there.

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    Re: New Vivarium

    Beautiful!
    "something smells fishy."

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    Re: New Vivarium

    i think this is completed....

    ]https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4563/37588465755_75397607_k.jpg[/img][/url]Completed by Patrick Eyu, on Flickr

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    Addition of new plants completes it......

    Completed by kapitan, on Flickr

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    Re: New Vivarium

    Not planning to put any aquatic plants below?

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    Re: New Vivarium

    Nice.

    FYI Horme Hardware in Ubi has aerosol expandable foam but it's yellowish in colour.

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    Re: New Vivarium

    can't decide, I kept the layer of substrate thin as I wanted more space for fishes to swin...if I find suitable plants, may just as...

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