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SirLance 03-01-2015 02:35 AM

DIY Leopard Gecko Viv Project.
 
Finally my second ever fake rock viv build, after my Bearded Dragon build I done a few years ago on here I have been dying to do another one of these.

I have my blue foam, Christmas is all done and dusted, I have got a start on my Leopard Gecko viv project.

I got wood from a local timber yard, it is white furniture board that I have all fitted together and measures at, Length: 30" Depth: 16" Height: 19"

http://i741.photobucket.com/albums/x...209-WA0002.jpg
I think it's a nice size viv, just need to get my blue foam fitted snug inside.

http://i741.photobucket.com/albums/x...209-WA0012.jpg
After fine shaving with a scalpel, saw and sand paper it fits. Now I just need one more layer of foam on top of this one to have enough height for hides.

http://i741.photobucket.com/albums/x...222_155903.jpg
Now I have started my first cut on both layers which will be a cave entrance to a moist hide that will be a Tupperware box in the back corner.

http://i741.photobucket.com/albums/x...222_155938.jpg
Time to cut out the other hides. I am having 2 warm hides on the right hand side and a BIG cool hide in front of the moist hide. Looking to have lots of hides for the gecko and maybe with the multiple hides I could keep two females, this is just a thought really atm though.

SirLance 03-01-2015 02:52 AM

Time to shape this thing so it actually starts to look like rocks.

http://i741.photobucket.com/albums/x...222_202804.jpg
http://i741.photobucket.com/albums/x...222_202811.jpg
Now comes the messy bit were I get my socks cover in styrofoam, This part took me a while getting it just the way I wanted, so I will skip to when it looks prettier….



http://i741.photobucket.com/albums/x...224_213751.jpg
Now it's looking prettier and like rocks.

http://i741.photobucket.com/albums/x...224_225250.jpg
The main cave feature I have created for the moist hide is really starting to look good, very happy with it so far.

http://i741.photobucket.com/albums/x...224_230723.jpg
I set it back into the viv to make sure I have not taken to much of anywhere and stopped it from being snug, but everything is fine and its looking good in there.

SirLance 03-01-2015 03:34 AM

Time to cut the entrances for those hides, they are all going to look like little cave entrances.

http://i741.photobucket.com/albums/x...228_211043.jpg
http://i741.photobucket.com/albums/x...228_211109.jpg
http://i741.photobucket.com/albums/x...228_211102.jpg
Looking at the 3 entrances cut, everything is starting to take shape. The entrance to the big cool hide I think looks the best shaped.


The entrance to the feature cave for the moist hide was kind of awkward to get at, but with the hole cut in the tupperware box, it was not too hard to get a hole lined up and cut.

http://i741.photobucket.com/albums/x...228_211208.jpg
http://i741.photobucket.com/albums/x...228_181424.jpg
http://i741.photobucket.com/albums/x...228_211153.jpg
The gecko should have no problem getting in and out of the moist hide and it can even sit outside it and hide under the deep outer cave entrance.

demon3000 03-01-2015 10:44 AM

KEep the Updates coming.....good start

SirLance 03-01-2015 02:25 PM

I wanted to have a borrow that leads one of the hides to the top surface.
So I chose the back warm hide, since thats where the most room is on the surface.

http://i741.photobucket.com/albums/x...228_181436.jpg
http://i741.photobucket.com/albums/x...228_181449.jpg
On the bottom layer on foam I made a slope leading to the top

http://i741.photobucket.com/albums/x...228_211243.jpg
I made a tunnel then in the top layer that runs at a slant with the the bottom layers slope, just had to made sure they matched up and the inside was wide enough for the gecko.

http://i741.photobucket.com/albums/x...228_210958.jpg
I think it has turned out just how I wanted, the size is good and it looks like a borrow. Now I hope it uses it cause it was so fiddly doing this. lol


Now I have to scope out some of the foam on the roofs of the hides, to give them a little more height inside.

http://i741.photobucket.com/albums/x...228_181520.jpg
http://i741.photobucket.com/albums/x...228_181515.jpg

The next thing I have to do is cut holes out in the roofs of the hides and turn them into lids, so I can get at the gecko when its in the hides.

http://i741.photobucket.com/albums/x...102_165003.jpg
So far this is what it looks like, i cut into some of the shapes deeper, as the grout will fill them up and I have also carved the front edges that will face out so it looks nice and rounded.
And thats my dog looking sad next to it.

jacklyn 04-01-2015 06:58 PM

This looks fantastic! Really interested to see the final product.

Vivexoticspares 05-01-2015 06:05 PM

Your viv is looking great! if you need any spare parts for it, you'll find them in www.vivspares.co.uk :2thumb:

12kslr33 07-01-2015 02:55 PM

Where can I get that blue foam from?

SirLance 07-01-2015 05:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 12kslr33 (Post 12118393)
Where can I get that blue foam from?

Got it on amazon, a little expensive compared to getting insulation boards. But I didn't want to have to worry about getting foil off and the extra dust.
Here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Styrofoam-Sh...ords=styrofoam
It has been real easy to work with as you can see and is not too dusty at all.

SirLance 07-01-2015 06:09 PM

Time to cut out the roofs in the hides and make lids.

http://i741.photobucket.com/albums/x...103_201801.jpg
I have cut out the roofs of the hides…

http://i741.photobucket.com/albums/x...103_201623.jpg
…Now I will be able to get my hands in a lift the gecko out when it is hiding.

Lids

http://i741.photobucket.com/albums/x...0build/lid.jpg
The cut out piece will act as a plug for the hole to keep everything in place and I will make a lid to go on top to blend in with the ground and so I have something to grip to lift.

http://i741.photobucket.com/albums/x...106_152713.jpg
The first lid has turned out really well and when everything is grouted, it should all blend in together.

Now I just have to make the rest of the lids for the other hides.


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