Viv pics only thread

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Re: Viv pics only thread

Postby Wolfeden » Tue May 23, 2017 3:13 pm

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Re: Viv pics only thread

Postby Girlymegs » Thu Jul 20, 2017 5:07 pm

Wolfeden wrote:New background!
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Awesome, love how you covered the bottom in natural rocks. I've been thinking of doing that, found a bunch of nice flat rocks at the river.
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Re: Viv pics only thread

Postby Ladydragon543 » Sun Aug 06, 2017 3:51 pm

Well here's Copper's old one. 20 gal tank.

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And the new one!
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Still coil lights for now but we've done away with the crappy substrate and he's got stone tile now. Lights are changing next payday to Reptisun. We can't go much bigger than the 40 gal for now because we live in a small space but he's really young still so.

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He seems to like his new vine climb though. :)
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Re: Viv pics only thread

Postby kobypruitt » Mon Aug 07, 2017 7:07 pm

This is Dino's vivarium, I have had him for a week. UVB bulb is a Zilla T8 18" 15-watt fluorescent bulb. Basking Bulb is 100-watt zoo med bulb. It is in the double deep dome fixture, but there is only one bulb in. Basking spot runs high 90's up to about 102. The rest of his warm side is low 90's and high 80's.
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Re: Viv pics only thread

Postby Elisa » Tue Aug 08, 2017 4:00 am

I love all the pictures. It gave me great suggestions. This is Potatoes tank. He is 8 to 9 months old. I use the carpet on the bottom and I have it in sections so when he poops I can just pick the soiled section up and replace it with a new one! He loves sleeping under his Hammock and then in the morning he walks over to his tree
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Re: Viv pics only thread

Postby Stres » Tue Aug 08, 2017 6:01 am

kobypruitt wrote:This is Dino's vivarium, I have had him for a week. UVB bulb is a Zilla T8 18" 15-watt fluorescent bulb. Basking Bulb is 100-watt zoo med bulb. It is in the double deep dome fixture, but there is only one bulb in. Basking spot runs high 90's up to about 102. The rest of his warm side is low 90's and high 80's.
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It's recommended that you use digital thermometers as the dial ones can be out by up to 20 degrees, also a infra red thermometer gun to measure the basking surface area will help you keep it within the correct range.
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Re: Viv pics only thread

Postby CooperDragon » Tue Aug 08, 2017 6:35 am

I also suggest moving the T8 fixture right over the basking area rather than having it in the middle. Have you removed the clear plastic from in front of the bulb in that one? If left on, it will intercept the UVB coming from the bulb.
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Re: Viv pics only thread

Postby kobypruitt » Wed Aug 09, 2017 6:18 pm

CooperDragon wrote:I also suggest moving the T8 fixture right over the basking area rather than having it in the middle. Have you removed the clear plastic from in front of the bulb in that one? If left on, it will intercept the UVB coming from the bulb.

Yes I removed the plastic guard and what about the light fixture blocking the basking bulb?
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Re: Viv pics only thread

Postby kobypruitt » Wed Aug 09, 2017 6:20 pm

Stres wrote:
kobypruitt wrote:This is Dino's vivarium, I have had him for a week. UVB bulb is a Zilla T8 18" 15-watt fluorescent bulb. Basking Bulb is 100-watt zoo med bulb. It is in the double deep dome fixture, but there is only one bulb in. Basking spot runs high 90's up to about 102. The rest of his warm side is low 90's and high 80's.
Cool side is high 70's. Any suggestions would be great. [Click image to enlarge]


It's recommended that you use digital thermometers as the dial ones can be out by up to 20 degrees, also a infra red thermometer gun to measure the basking surface area will help you keep it within the correct range.

I have a digital probe thermometer and an infrared gun that I used to get those temps, the dial thermometer is stuck on the glass and I don't want to make a mess removing it. Thanks for the help.
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Re: Viv pics only thread

Postby Pufnstuf » Sat Aug 12, 2017 5:45 pm

This is Pufnstuf's viv. 48" wide by 24" tall and 24" deep. Rainbow sandstone floor with front loaded sliding glass doors. Both the front doors and the top access metal screen doors lock and have vents. It's waterproof and very easy to get in and out of as well as clean.

Two strips of UV lights run the length of the viv. Two sets of matching heat bulbs plus two sets of matching night bulbs are set on a timer as well as a thermostat. I have set this up so that when I am away on weekends the whole tank is automatic. Two layers of hammocks with porous straw grass let him regulate his own temp as one layer is exactly 110° and the other is 100°. Both a drip water and automatic timer quick mist system are in it. It also has a cricket feeder and a superworm feeder to round it out.

I love it. He loves it. I get comments on his viv every time someone is in my office. I just joined this site after months of reading forums on it so I thought I would finally share picks of him, and his digs. He's a very happy spoiled little dragon.

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Re: Viv pics only thread

Postby AHBD » Sat Aug 12, 2017 6:45 pm

I wanna live there...if it had a pizza dispenser + a rotisserie chicken dispenser I'd be all in. :)

Very, very nice....so spacious + lots for her to do in there. :) Only thing I'd change is the night bulbs. They can disturb their sleep, plus it's fine for the temps. to drop to 65 at night. Any cooler than that and you can use a che [ ceramic heat emitter ] that produces heat but no light.
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Re: Viv pics only thread

Postby Pufnstuf » Sat Aug 12, 2017 6:53 pm

AHBD wrote:I wanna live there...if it had a pizza dispenser + a rotisserie chicken dispenser I'd be all in. :)

Very, very nice....so spacious + lots for her to do in there. :) Only thing I'd change is the night bulbs. They can disturb their sleep, plus it's fine for the temps. to drop to 65 at night. Any cooler than that and you can use a che [ ceramic heat emitter ] that produces heat but no light.


Thanks AHBD. Ive really tried to make it the best vivarium I could for him. I actually never even turn the night lamps on anymore. I tried different combinations early on but he prefers it totally dark and cool at 69 degrees. They are only there as a backup should the house ever get below 66 degrees in the winter and his thermostat kicks in. They are also the dark blue moonlight bulbs that don't seem to disturb sleep or shed light. Although I may just look into a CHE at some point.
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Re: Viv pics only thread

Postby charmander16 » Sat Aug 19, 2017 4:48 am

Our viv is mostly finished now. I finally got a dig box finished but we're still working on finding or making a naturalistic looking planter for the hens and chicks. This is a custom made corner viv. The two back walls are 4'. The two side walls are 1.5 foot. The front is about 3.5', and it's 2 ' high. Overall it's about 12.5 square feet of floor space, with a total of 16 square feet "living space" counting the corner shelf.

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Re: Viv pics only thread

Postby KLB85 » Mon Aug 21, 2017 10:20 pm

Okay guys, so I got a baby beardie and kept her in a temporary enclosure until I finished her new home. Below I've included my progress, let me know what you think!

We had leftover slate tile from a reno and I siliconed this in place. I spent a lot of time researching silicone as not to harm my dragon in any way. I learned that you should NEVER use Silicone with any mold and mildrew resistance. It can be very toxic to your dragon. Ideally you should aim for aquarium and/or food grade silicone. I found aquarium grade, which was really expensive at $25 a tube, but after a lot of research I found a cheap source here in Canada. Home Hardware makes their own silicone that is aquarium and food safe and only $6 a tube. Great resource for Canadians who don't have the resources and cheaper prices as our American friends.
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As the silicone was curing for a few weeks, I started with a rough rock layout from polystyrene insulation which I cut out with a scroll saw. I wanted a cave hide for her and a corner basking area.
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After finishing the layout, I started carving the rock. The polystyrene is superior the regular styrofoam because it's more solid and easy to work. The regular styrofoam is made of compacted round little pieces so it chips out as your carve. I used a sureform file and a rasp to carve out the rocks. I didn't look at any rock pictures, so I sort of just did it by imagination. Once I was happy with my carved layers I siliconed them together.
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After a lot of research I decided on covering the polystyrene in Drylok. I didn't sand the polystyrene rock, as I wanted a rough finish and this actually worked out great! With the combination of the rough texture of Drylok and the rough texture I left the polystyrene, the rocks ended up looking and feeling quite textured. You can purchase Drylok in white or grey, and this is the grey colour straight out of the can, which you can easily paint on with a nylon brush.
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I wanted the rock to have some further colour and dimension. It is recommended to dye the Drylok with concrete dye, but this would still leave a one colour finish. I ended up mixing non-toxic acrylic paint with the Drylok instead. Here is the first coat of solid brownish-grey colour.
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I then added some shading with a darker colour. I didn't get a picture, but I ended up going over it with a lighter highlighting colour in the end to create more depth.
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Finally installed the rock and put my baby 8-9 week old in her new enclosure! I was worried she'd be nervous, but she seemed to love it! She was so curious and took a stroll around the whole enclosure to check it out. She's currently happily basking on her new branch after a dip in her water dish.
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Let me know what you think!
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Re: Viv pics only thread

Postby Nmc8912 » Sat Aug 26, 2017 5:10 pm

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This Drogon. I've had him for about 3 months and I think he's about 4 months old. Rearranged his tank today with a new bigger log for climbing and took out the hammock and cave he never went in
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