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Decorating a MASSIVE Tank

PostPosted: Mon May 06, 2019 7:46 pm
by Deabrua
I'm currently starting to gather stuff to decorate a 4'x2'x4' tank. Up until finishing it, I didn't realize how much space I was going to need to fill. It's true dimensions are actually 48x24x42, with a platform in the middle leaving 23" above and 24" below. Practically two 105G tanks sitting on top of each other with ways to climb in between (PS still figuring out that part too)

It may have been a mistake to go this large but it's a mistake I'll have to live with. Any suggestions? I haven't found anything I like at local stores, much of the wood/platforms/hides seem like they would be too small for a full grown dragon :banghead:

Re: Decorating a MASSIVE Tank

PostPosted: Mon May 06, 2019 8:24 pm
by claudiusx
You built the tank now build the fake rock structures to go with it!

It's what I'm doing in my 4x2x4 but that's making two separate enclosures not one 4 foot tall one.

-Brandon

Re: Decorating a MASSIVE Tank

PostPosted: Mon May 06, 2019 10:57 pm
by Deabrua
claudiusx wrote:You built the tank now build the fake rock structures to go with it!

It's what I'm doing in my 4x2x4 but that's making two separate enclosures not one 4 foot tall one.

-Brandon


What sorta materials could it be made with? I'll post pics once the center shelf is in. Currently have the sides/back together and vents installed. Center shelf is cut but not installed. Also, I assume I would need considerably heavier support for the center shelf if any sort of weighty material is used? It currently has a 1x2 board across the entire back below it along with a shelf bracket on the larger end of the shelf.

Re: Decorating a MASSIVE Tank

PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2019 7:21 am
by Aaradimian
This is what mine looks like decorated. The only issue I found is keeping it warm enough, which I eventually accomplished by putting a cat bed under the carpet and rigging it with a thermostat switch.

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Re: Decorating a MASSIVE Tank

PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2019 9:32 am
by Deabrua
I'm not too worried about heat, it'll have two levels each with a heat bulb and the upper will have a UVB tube. But i'll have both floors to decorate.

Re: Decorating a MASSIVE Tank

PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2019 4:03 am
by HoopDiddyDiddy
What sorta materials could it be made with?


Here is the tutorial I used- https://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a ... reptile-c/
It was very easy and pretty cheap.
It did take me several days- the first day of building was close to three hours because of stair design problems, then around an hour a day each for three coats of grout then another hour a day each for three coats of sealer.
So right about a week working a bit each day.

Re: Decorating a MASSIVE Tank

PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2019 5:02 pm
by Deabrua
Going for the third coat of seal on the base tank tomorrow, once it dries the shelf/vents will go in. Then I need to seal the roof/underneath. Going to start collecting supplies for fake rock structures soon. Probably going to slowly work this out since I don't currently have funds for any type of acrylic/glass doors whether swinging or slide bc of other stuff going on. Having the money to feed le beardy is more important ATM which kind of bites bc it means she'll be stuck in her baby tank for longer.

Re: Decorating a MASSIVE Tank

PostPosted: Sat Jun 08, 2019 2:03 pm
by Deabrua
Piggy backing my old post instead of a new one...

Reconfirming this will be a double stacked 112g (total 224g) tank with UVB and heat on the top shelf, should the lower part of the tank have heat as well? The shelf will be hiding 60% of the lower area from the lights. One of the UVB guides floating around that lists UVB exposure from varying bulbs, varying distances, with or without reflector and with or without top has a pic of their tank where they do have a heat bulb at the bottom. Not sure if I should follow suit (they had a 240g iirc, double 120g)

EDIT: found the link https://sites.google.com/site/thelizardmadness/lighting-guides their tank setup is within the image near the bottom.