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Old 23-02-2017, 12:32 AM
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Default My chinese water dragons new vivarium

First vivarium build so dont hate on it but can everyone give me tips and things i can add to it to make it better
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Old 23-02-2017, 01:26 AM
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Hi,

Is the pond filtered? If not I would strongly suggest doing so

It looks fab. I would consider a lot more branches and plant cover. It's a nice size viv which I am sure will grow and grow over time.

I would also maybe change the substrate to something like orchid bark. More natural looking and good for humidity.
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Old 23-02-2017, 01:52 AM
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Thank you mate will be getting a pond filter tomorow and tgere will be much more vegatation and branches but as everyone knows these arnt cheap to make haha so will be improving over time tha k you for advise on substraight i will do that as soon as possible
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Old 23-02-2017, 02:00 AM
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Looks promising.

That light bulb should have a guard, though.
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Old 23-02-2017, 02:03 AM
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Yeah i have one just need to put it on aha
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Old 23-02-2017, 02:13 AM
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Yep

No time like the present.
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Old 23-02-2017, 02:23 AM
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Indeed
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Old 23-02-2017, 09:46 PM
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I still keep adding and adding to my vivs years after I "finished" them

Branches I tend to pick up from the woods - Fallen ones only of course. If you intend to do this, you do need the permission of the land owner of course. I refuse to pay £25 for a branch like a lot of places charge. I don't mind paying for nice bits of root, but not branches.

I've got one viv empty at the moment which I am about to fit out with a home made fake rock background. Got some polystyrene cut and ready and a can of expanding foam standing by. When that's done, I will do another one like that as well
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Old 23-02-2017, 09:52 PM
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Yeak i am in the process of building a viv for frillied dragons that i am going to get just waiting for a breeder to pop up dont really like buying them from shops dont know how they have been looked arfter in there tiny tanks but i am doing a foam background for them i like the fact that i can do it to how there real enviroment is aha i would love to see you viv for ideas if u can post
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Old 25-02-2017, 12:24 PM
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This is my Aussie's viv. The left hand side is a water pool. I have an external filter on it with the hoses going in through the side of the viv.

I just started my rock background of my collared lizard viv last night so will add a photo of that when it's done. Just need to seal it, but going to attempt to use sealer pigment to give some definition to the "rocks".

My findings initially is that one can of expanding foam isn't very much!




I am also constructing a feature viv in the wall under my stairs, I have another thread ongoing for that, but so far all I have done is removed the toilet, so no inspiration there at the moment! I hope to make a start on it properly next month.
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