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Old 18-02-2014, 05:19 PM
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Hi all,

I thought I would kick start my build thread for my New Racking system that I am building. The equipment and tanks I will be using will be housing only 9 out of the all the species I have in my collection, So I will be having to make another Racking after I have made this one (However might not have to do the second one for a while as this single rack will be freeing up a lot of space!).

Here is a Picture of the Drawing I made on paint (Can't seem to convert the Auto-Cad file to a JPEG)



It will contain 9 Brand New Terrariums in total which include;

  • x2 - 800 x 400 x 400mm (80 x 40 x 40cm) Tylototriton species exhibits with Water Area Partition.
  • x1 - 800 x 400 x 400mm (80 x 40 x 40cm) Mantella aurantiaca exhibit with False Bottom.
  • x3 - 400 x 400 x 400mm (40 x 40 x 40cm) Assorted Terrariums with False Bottoms - Will exhibit 3 of the 9 Mantella species.
  • x3 - 400 x 400 x 400mm (40 x 40 x 40cm) Assorted Terrariums with No False Bottoms - Will exhibit various burrowing species I own.

How I am going to lay this First racking out shall be as follows;

  • Top Row - Burrowing species.
  • Middle Row - Madagascan Mantella species.
  • Bottom - Tylototriton Asiatic Exhibits.


Obviously I will muck around with who will go where but that is the basic lay out! lol

Instead of using the Aluminum Profiles and Connectors that most people tend to use (Really wanted to use this method aswell but it's not cheap!! lol) I am using this really nice MFC (Melamine Faced Chipboard) also known as Chocolate Oak Board which is incredibly sturdy, strong and will most definitely take the weight of the Terrariums.





There are 3 Main pieces that will stand horizontally (measuring roughly just over 6ft 4 inches - This allows a bit of space between each row for the Lighting System and also a bit of space between the Floor and the underside of the Bottom shelf for storage) and 8 pieces that will go vertically for each shelf and 12 elongated supports.

I shall get the exact measurements later on and upload them when I put it together


Some of the 12 pieces of Wooden Supports I would need to support each shelf.


Photo showing how thick each piece of the MFC is.

Anyway, I am currently sorting out getting the E.N.T Terrariums now from DMS Vivaria, just have to wait a little while! I did look into making my own, I asked several Glass Merchants all of which refused to attempt it due to previous failures with other people, one of the Glass Merchants was so rude that he cut my off halfway through my sentence and basically asked me to leave :/

I hopefully will begin this build in the next few weeks, so the rest of my posts may take until then to show more of my build but anyway I would appreciate any help or advice!!
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Old 18-02-2014, 05:25 PM
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Hi all,

It's kind of still under consideration as to what would be in each terrarium and where a bouts it would be placed in it. Here is my collection;

Anura (Frogs & Toads):
1.1.20 Golden Mantella (Mantella aurantiaca)
2.2.7 Brown Leaf Mantella (Mantella betsileo)
1.3.0 Guibes Mantella (Mantella nigricans)
1.1.10 Blue-Legged Mantella (Mantella expectata)
1.2.0 Yellow Mantella (Mantella crocea)
1.2.5 Green Mantella (Mantella viridis)
1.1.0 Arboreal Mantella (Mantella laevigata)
0.0.2 Malagasy Rainbow Burrowing Frogs (Scaphiophryne gottlebei)
1.1.0 Malagasy Green Marbled Burrowing Frogs (Scaphiophryne marmorata)
0.0.1 Sambava Tomato Frog (Dyscophus guineti)
1.1.0 Asian Painted Bullfrogs (Kaloula pulchra)
1.2.0 Phantasmal Poison Frogs (Epipedobates tricolor) "Zarayunga" locality variant
0.0.1 Bumblebee Poison Frog (Dendrobates leucomelas)

Caudata (Newts & Salamanders):
0.0.2 Ryukyu Spiny Newt (Echinotriton andersoni)
1.1.2 Tiannan Crocodile Newts (Tylototriton yangi)
0.0.6 Wen Xian Knobby Newts (Tylototriton wenxianensis)
0.0.2 Mandarin Crocodile Newts (Tylototriton shanjing)
0.0.4 Ta Liang Red Eared Crocodile Newts (Tylototriton taliangensis)
0.0.6 Black Knobby Newts (Tylototriton asperrimus)
0.0.2 Ziegler's crocodile newt (Tylototriton ziegleri)
0.0.2 Lizhenchang's Crocodile Newt (Tylototriton lizhenchangi)
1.2.0 Tokyo Salamanders (Hynobius tokyoensis)
0.1.0 Okinawa Sword Tail Newt (Cynops ensicauda popei)
1.0.0 Eastern Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum)
0.1.0 Marbled Salamander (Ambystoma opacum)
0.0.1 Marbled Newt (Triturus marmoratus)

So if anyone want's to place a request then go ahead :P lol

Anyway, I have received the 9 Starter Terrariums all to my specifications by DMS Vivaria and I must admit I pretty much fell in love with them.

I ordered 9 terrariums in total which included;

3 - 400mm x 400mm x 400mm False Bottom Terrariums.
3 - 400mm x 400mm x 400mm Burrowing Terrariums.
2 - 800mm x 400mm x 400mm Glass Partition Water Area Terrariums.
1 - 800mm x 400mm x 400mm False Bottom Terrarium

Anyway, here are some photographs of some of them (I will upload photos of all of them lol);


4 of the 6 - 400mm x 400mm x 400mm Terrariums From DMS.


4 of the 6 - 400mm x 400mm x 400mm Terrariums From DMS.


A 400mm x 400mm x 400mm Terrarium for a Burrowing species, probably going to house a Dyscophus guineti or Scaphiophyrne species.


Good quality Terrariums! Highly recommend DMS Vivaria.

Anyway, I shall upload more photos shortly as I will be building the racking soon so I can actually stored them safely without worrying! lol
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Old 18-02-2014, 05:32 PM
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Hi all,

Time for a update I think! I have been playing around with a few of my 400x400x400mm False Bottom Terrariums so I could house some of my Mantella species in brand new enclosures. So now, without further ado here they are, not happy with one of them but shall replant it when I get my new Plants delivered;


^ ^ - 2 out 9 species have been made brand new enclosures! Left exhibit will house 1 of my 4 bloodlines of Mantella viridis and Right exhibit will house 1 of my 2 bloodlines of Mantella betsileo. (These are being redone as I wasn't happy with the back ground being flat)



^ ^ - 1.1.0 Mantella betsileo exhibit, I have made it more crowded with many places to hide as they are, due to be less Aposematic, less bold than some of the genus.
^ ^ - Close up of the 1.1.0 Mantella betsileo exhibit.


^ ^ - 1.2.0 Mantella viridis exhibit, I am not that happy with this and kind of had to make do with some of the spare plants I had from previous builds. More open than the M.betsileo exhibit as I found the species to be very bold, nearly as bold as Mantella aurantiaca. Will be refurnishing this with more Fittonia species and like all my Terrariums, I will be painting on Moss Spores when I receive them.


^ ^ - Close up of the 1.2.0 Mantella viridis exhibit. The Peperomia clusiifolia I doubt will be able to stay in there but as a temporary thing I am sure it will be fine, it will go into my Scaphiophyrne gottlebei exhibit though as I know it prefers drier substrates.
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Hi everyone,

First of all, here is a selection of plants that i have either taken cuttings and grown them on or ones I have been buying (Not all of them are photographed but I have about 30 in total!):-

  • Earth Starfish Plant (Cryptanthus bivittatus)
  • "Red Rosso" Radiator Plant (Peperomia caperata)
  • Aluminum Plant (Pilea cadierei)
  • White Butterfly Plant (Syngonium podophyllum)
  • "Red Skeleton" Snake Skin Plant (Fittonia verschaffeltii)
  • Green Ivy (Hedera helix)
  • Jade Plant (Crassula ovata)
  • Moon Valley Plant (Pilae involucrater)
  • Malagasy Dragon Plant (Dracaena marginata)
  • Colombian Creeping Fig (Ficus sp)
  • Asian Creeping Fig (Ficus pumila)
  • Heartleaf Plant (Philodendron scandens)
  • Inch Plant (Tradescantia fluminensis)
  • Heart Fern (Hemionitis artolia)
  • Spider plant (Chlorophytum laxum)














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Plants continued:-















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Plants Continued:-













TBC >>>>
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Plants continued:-





















AND FINALLY FINISHED THE PHOTOS OF THE PLANTS. I tried uploading them all in one go but apparently it was too many photos
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So, a little info is needed I think! This is a DMS Terrarium with a False Bottom that will accommodate my Golden Mantella (Mantella aurantiaca) individuals which I plan to increase the bloodlines for. It is 800 x 400 x 400mm (Long x High x Deep) and will be fully planted.

I have started it only today with the Expanding Foam background, which will be a mixture of the old fashioned Silicone Sealant with Coir Compost and possibly some Cement and liquid Fibre-glass techniques I am just leaving it to set at the moment over night and tomorrow i will be carving at it....















My next step is to carve away at the Foam and see what interesting shapes I can make! (You can already see that I am making a cliff/slope through the middle of the background.)

Thanks for looking and wait for more updates!!
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Looks a bit of fun Josh You'll be enthusiastic as hell at the mo. bro so the old guy is gonna say slowly buddy

On a huge level i'm looking forward to watching you work this up Josh great to see this,but where are all the pics I'm sorry mate, a bit of leg pulling and blind enthusiasm is what I do best

good luck with it all

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glad to see you transfer this over from frogforum fella
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