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Old 28-09-2010, 07:53 PM
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This topic is a report regarding a project I just finished.

I was fed up with the rectangular terrariums and wanted to create a well designed viv. Because our interior is become more retro nowadays, I decided the viv should have the same style.

The terrarium will be for my bearded dragon and has an useable surface of 130 x 70 x 70 cm. Lighting is T5 day light TL of 900mm 21Watt. Included is a Arcadia 23W D3 UV lamp with a basking spot on 30 cm. Heating is a Elstein ceramic heater controlled by a Habistat thermostat.

Front and sides are 7 mm glass. The thickness of the walls are 40 mm and are isolated with poly urethane. Isolating is more to block sounds then keeping the heat in. Walls are covered with bending plywood of 5 mm.

This construction will not be supported by the floor, but I made a special bracket, so the terrarium seems to float in the room.



Enough talking, lets continue with the build…

First I created a model in Sketch Up.



Using the side view, I made a mould which was used to create the ribs of the viv. Ribs are made of 18 mm MDF. The photo below shows of the frame. Unfortunately made using my mobile, so picture has less quality.



Once the frame was assembled and the glue dried, I covered the inner side with 5 mm bending plywood.



The interspaces were filled up with poly urethane which prevents hollow sounds and has some heat-isolating properties. See photo below.



Made a mould for all plugs, using this I can draw easily in the rear side of the viv.



The Elstein heating is a bit over-the-top but the viv is quickly on temperature.




Without bracket.



With home-made bracket.


Some fitting.. Heating beams are placed next to the UV source. When the dragon want to heat up, it also gets an dose of UV, like in nature (although that is what we want to replicate).




Applying a water resistant lacquer.



Bracket welded and painted.



Brackets attached to the wall.



Applied a corned strip.



This picture shows that the glass strips are recessed.



Only still some finishing touches and the project is finished!



Finito!







Look here for aan picture on a black background

Hope you'll like it!
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:o wow!!! Amazing.
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Wow! O= That is great.
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now that is proper nice
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That is immense! I love it when people make vivs that aren't a 'normal' design
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That is an amazing build. Do you have brand names for the bending plywood you used, or was it steamed(?) and bent by hand?
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That really is amazing, bet theres some real money to be made in producing these on a large scale.

Well done it looks abolutely cracking
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That is an amazing build. Do you have brand names for the bending plywood you used, or was it steamed(?) and bent by hand?
bendy ply can is available from most good timber merchants or diy suppliers.
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