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 Post subject: viv build
PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 2:00 am 
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Hey folks. My new viv arrived today so I thought I'd share the process of setting it up. I'm going to use some info that I've picked up on the forum to create as best a habitat as I can. Work will commence tomorrow but here it is.
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It's 5ftx2ftx2ft, made from 18mm thick boards in 'light oak' vaneer with 4 circular vents.
As my dragon got bigger I realised that I'd not provided him enough floor space. 8 square feet is recommended as minimum, where as I had just around 4 1/2square feet in the old viv (4ftx15"x15").
I will update with pictures and info as I go along, I hope it becomes useful for anyone setting up a Vivarium for beardies.

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 Post subject: Re: viv build
PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 11:52 am 
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Cannot wait wish I had the room :lol: but Therru is in a 4ft x 2ft x2ft ; maybe sometime when hubby finished our house alterations !!!

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 Post subject: Re: viv build
PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 11:56 am 
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Your old viv is the exact same measurements as Spikes old one and yes it is deffinatly to small, she got to the point of not being able to `turn`

Archi (dont know how to spell his name) will love his new size, Spike is like a new dragon now, so much happier

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 Post subject: Re: viv build
PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 8:09 pm 
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Will be keeping my eye on this thread for when Bruce's viv gets upgraded in a few months. That viv is belting, where is it from?

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 Post subject: Re: viv build
PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 9:00 pm 
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I found it on eBay Its from a company:
www.southdown-aquatics.co.uk
They've apparently removed all adds from eBay as they are struggling to keep up with demand, mine was only a few days late and that's because I agreed on a second choice colour. I would have had to wait longer for my first choice.
Quality is good though and price was fair.

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 Post subject: Re: viv build
PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2013 6:52 pm 
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Just ordered one from their website :D

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 Post subject: Re: viv build
PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2013 7:10 pm 
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I've had a fairly hectic weekend what with a dragon undergoing coccidia treatment and other commitments.

Progress has been slow but there has been progress.
I started by removing the top panel to fit the UV lamp. Its an Arcadia T5 12% 54watt. It's 46"(if I remember correctly). Here's a few pictures of the process. Unlike T8's the holders for these clip to the electrical fitting rather than the bulb meaning they have to be the correct distance apart.
I mounted one bracket, making sure there was room around it. Then fitted the bulb into its connectors to measure up the second bracket. After fitting the brackets I screwed the reflector into place. All this was done with 16mm self tapping wood screws so not to break through the 18mm thick boards, a pencil and a screwdriver.
My uv strip will sit at the very front of the viv behind the lip so I won't be able to see it looking in. I opted to mount the tube as far to what will be the hot end as possible leaving a small area towards the cool end with less uv exposure, in case Archi needs some shade. With this in mind I only fitted the larger of the two reflector halves which together make up the full length.
This means in the basking spot he will gain full uv and then from about half way down the tank I should see a uv gradient similar to the heat gradient. That's the plan anyway.
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I like the T5 clip design as you can easily dismount the tube and it's very secure when in place.

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 Post subject: Re: viv build
PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2013 7:29 pm 
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The next thing to take my attention was figuring out my background. I found my last viv very plain without a background but haven't the time to make one. I opted to buy 3 x 60cm square foam rock backgrounds to cover the full length of the back. I have a feeling I will spend a lot of time on them and they will get clawed and destroyed in much less time but I wanted to give it a go.

Two of the panels would fit side by side, the third would need cutting down. These panel have channels in the back for wiring which is handy.

First I measured and cut, with a craft knife, the third panel. With the panels in place I cut through the air vent holes from behind the viv. The last operation was inserting my thermometer probes through the foam, making a hole with a screwdriver first then opening it with a pencil. I siliconed the probe in position to hold it. I will fully seal the panels and also the wiring in place with silicone when it's all finalised.

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It's probably not as neat as a fully custom 3d backdrop but I believe after some final trimming and sealing it in with black silicone it will look good and be functional. No more temp probe wires for me.

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 Post subject: Re: viv build
PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2013 8:05 pm 
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Looking good :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: viv build
PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2013 8:49 pm 
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Archi will love this, fantastic guide Matt and very easy to follow for people looking to set up their first viv.

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 Post subject: Re: viv build
PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2013 8:56 pm 
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I'll keep going with it until its ready for Archimedes to move in. I hope it'll be interesting for folks to read.

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 Post subject: Re: viv build
PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 1:47 pm 
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Nice build

Watching this with interest, I'm was thinking of doing a rock back ground and in the same boat (no time)

Nice idea with the temp probe as well, makes for a nice neet install.


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 Post subject: Re: viv build
PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 2:38 pm 
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Thanks, I thought the probe locations would look and function well through the foam. I'm going to have 4 probes in total (3 along the back wall and 1 at basking site)
Work will be continuing this weekend and so I'll update soon.

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 Post subject: Re: viv build
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Background is great :lol: He wont know himself in such luxury :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: viv build
PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 7:40 pm 
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I'm building something I hope he'll be happy in for the next 10 years or more (fingers crossed) but partly fancied a project to keep me occupied from work stress... :(
I'm hoping to make lots of progress this weekend, heat lamp, flooring, cable tidying etc but my last temp probe didn't arrive in the post today. Grrr.

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