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Old 06-10-2014, 07:21 PM
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Hello RFUK

After joining the forum some years ago and getting great info from other members, i thought it was time to try and give something back.

After 15 years of keeping a small number of reptiles and generally buying all of my kit from shops, ive finally embarked on building my own custom viv for some Ackie Monitors.

Its still very much work in progress but hopefully this will be of interest to some and might help others if they fancied doing similar, hope you like it:

Dimensions: 5ft 3" wide x 3ft high x 2ft 4" deep


18mm exterior ply construction with dowel and glue joints


Main cabinet assembled


Emulsion paint [3 coats] to colour match to home decor [part of the planning permission from her indoors ]


Acrylic paint [2 coats satin for wear and tear, 2 coats dead flat to take the shine away]


In position




The main objective was to complete the main build to minimize disruption to the rest of the family but there is plenty left to do:
  1. Reinforcing baton for front top panel although having used a frame for the front the top is already capable of supporting a load on top of the cabinet
  2. Reinforce bottom 11 inches to support the soil/sand substrate
  3. Colour interior
  4. Epoxy resin interior
  5. Silicon seal
  6. Fit glass runners
  7. Order and fit glass
To be continued......

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Old 23-10-2014, 12:02 AM
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Looks great so far!
What thickness ply are you using ?
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Old 23-10-2014, 01:11 AM
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...18mm exterior ply...
^^ says on top of 2nd pic dude.

Nice job, will watch this with interest
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Old 23-10-2014, 01:41 AM
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Ah ty
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Old 04-01-2015, 08:01 PM
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Looks great!
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Old 06-11-2016, 07:19 PM
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Update: After making a great start on my project 2 years ago, I was unable to progress due to illness.

The project never went away and the unfinished viv has sat in place waiting for the right time.

In the last 3 weeks i have made significant progress and should finish in another 3 weeks.

Here are some pics of the reinforced plinth
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Old 07-11-2016, 03:24 PM
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Some more pics of the plinth to reinforce the base for the soil / sand mix. Ive used 34mm x 34mm batons for this and 18mm exterior ply




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Old 07-11-2016, 03:30 PM
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I painted the ceiling with 3 coats of brilliant white and the walls and floor 2 coats with a coffee colour. Paint is matt emulsion which covers the wood really well and will be covered by 2 part epoxy resin.


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Old 07-11-2016, 03:45 PM
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I forgot to take pics after the epoxy resin, but here are some pics after electrics were fitted. I did 3 coats of epoxy and finish is really good.



I have two spotlamps and both will have ES27 PAR38. Will start off with 80w and test temps with the shades at various heights.



I cant install the striptube to the ceiling as I only have a small spare tube for testing electrics. I will be using an 86cm T5 tube and will fit to ceiling as soon as I have it.

The last job I did on the viv yesterday was fit the glass runners. Glass was ordered last night.



Ive put a java branch post inside the viv. The only reason for doing this is to ensure the top is sound because im likely to have a glass enclosure sat on top.

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Old 07-11-2016, 03:51 PM
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A few things still to do on the job list but im really pleased how things are shaping up.

On the list are:

Install striptube and reflector to ceiling
Fit correct heatlamps
Install some kind of background
Add Soil/Sand (10 cubic feet )
Build a Retes Stack
Landscape with rocks, slate and branches

......and be patient waiting for an Ackie Trio to be available
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