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Old 25-06-2008, 09:36 AM
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Hey, i thought this would be a good thread on how to construct a vivarium. If other people could post what tools they have used, wood they have used and what wood is suitable and the prices it might encourage other people to build them themselves and save some money.
Plus i may get an idea aswell lol
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Old 25-06-2008, 06:06 PM
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here ya go, this might be of use.............

:: Ians Vivarium - Plans for building your own vivarium ::

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Well the Mrs and I have been looking into building a viv to fit in an alcove next to my comp, plans are drawn, just need the wood to start. Went to three hardware shops, and depending on you measurements all the different wood has different depths. The size that we had planned for was a 15mm depth which we thought would be a standard size in all of the wood, but guess what i was wrong MDF goes from a 12mm to a 18mm so that went out of the window. The wood may be cheaper but you have to take into consideration that the mdf needs to be sealed, painted then varnished. So i am building it out of conti board. But it is going to be £20 per sheet which is only 2400mm by 600mm by 15mm then edging strips $1.19 per 2.5m This was the cheapest price at wickes then it was b&q then homebase.
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I used conti board for my boas viv. It was the first thing ive ever really built and it went fine, I surprised my self lol. Im in the middle of attempting to build a double stacked viv for my retics im building this by building a frame out of 3x2 and im using the walls of the room as one end of the viv and allso the back will be the wall for the room. the end with out the wall is gonna have ply covering it and the floors and top are going to be somthing similar to marine ply.
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contiboard is good for dry vivariums. Try local DIY shops who will cut to size, may deliver and will probably be cheaper than B+Q. At B+Q it comes it comes in widths up to 2ft and lengths up to 8ft. You could use hardboard or ply for the back, but it may be good to line it with vinyl tiles or similar. Seal everything with aquarium sealant. Predrill holes for all screws. One or two people on here sell air vents and glass runners.

It's much easier than it looks
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Good plans those Ian!


The reason I have used a letter for the thickness is precisely because of the apparently random nature of the thickness of conti in various places.

I have found that although Wickes is cheaper, the conti there is still 15mm and my local Wickes doesn't cut to size. Homebase is also 15mm. B&Q does 18mm Conti now, and in my experience it is in much better condition than that at either of the other two (less battered). I also find B&Q to have a greater range of sizes in each of the different colours. (others may well have different experiences)

I have always had great success with B&Q and they cut it accurately aswell - TOP TIP - get them to square off the end of each sheet before they cut the main pieces!


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here ya go, this might be of use.............

:: Ians Vivarium - Plans for building your own vivarium ::

thats a good link thanks
have you got one that tells you how to build a viv stack too?
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Good plans those Ian!
.......a big thanks for letting me use them!

...for a stack, build a few singles then join them using dowel pegs or screws - this way you can de-stack your stack if ever needed or add an extra level for when your collection grows
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Wrote this a few years ago...May help!

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