Viv pics only thread

I have had my beardie for a year and a half and just finished his first custom beardie mansion. I have a short timeline of his upgrades.
This was hist first setup in the 40 gallon
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A little tile upgrade
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Some more tile and other upgrades
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Light Hood
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He got too big for his log it would fall over so while I was at school I made the Naty Home.
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Step one of the Custom Cage
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Almost done with the custom
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FINALY DONE !!! SO EXCITED BEARDIE PARADISE!!!!!!
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Some other images if you wanna check em out
http://s849.photobucket.com/albums/ab57/bigcahoonas10/
Let me know what you think
 

Ibdmc6

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current project. kinda frustrated because the paint that i used is easily scratched/removed so now i have to go to home depot and find a non toxic paint sealer to use over the top. either that or completely remove the paint which i really dont want to do..... :banghead:

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and next to his current cage
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wow some of thes are amazing well heres my 100 % home built cage except for the leaves and water container other then that its all scraps around the farm :p well its good as your gonna get from a 15 year old building it :p
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thoughs to are right befor i furnished it with pants and leaves makes a big diffrance :p
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and heres my babie
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now shes doing some exploring
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beardie osk

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Wow, you did a great job, I have a question: I see the front is lower than the back, do you have a cover? It is amazing how high beardies can jump.
I don't know if the sand is the best substrate, it can cause impactions, have you ever thought of tile, papertowel or reptile carpet, these are all very safe flooring........something to think about.
Your viv is fabulous, fabulous and you did a great job, and your little Lilly is beautiful, where did you get her from?
 

jamiedennis

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Repti-Carpet is a pain in the rear to keep clean... it 'stains' easily with the poop and its a bother to pull it out, wash, put back in, etc.

The thought is good - but the use is not so much. :cry:

Tile is awesome!!! Especially if you go with the textured tile, thus giving the dragon something to cling to as they walk... I have smooth ceramics on my kitchen and hallway floors and my dragon cant grip on them so he slips every step he tries to take - its rather funny!!! hahaha

Just my two cents... hahaha
 

beardie osk

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jamiedennis":1j60auor said:
Repti-Carpet is a pain in the rear to keep clean... it 'stains' easily with the poop and its a bother to pull it out, wash, put back in, etc.

The thought is good - but the use is not so much. :cry:

Tile is awesome!!! Especially if you go with the textured tile, thus giving the dragon something to cling to as they walk... I have smooth ceramics on my kitchen and hallway floors and my dragon cant grip on them so he slips every step he tries to take - its rather funny!!! hahaha

Just my two cents... hahaha

I have never used the repti carpet, but I would have to agree, it seems like it would be a hassle to clean. I use paper towel and have system that is so easy to clean, but I'm fortunate that all 7 of my beardies are potty trained, so I hardly ever have to clean a mess.
As far as tile is concerned, smooth tile is not good for beardies, they do slip and slide and the smooth surface doesn't help file the nails. Unlacquered tiles with some roughness keeps the nails nice and trim. Just my opinion and hopefully helpful.
 
beardie osk":39154myh said:
Wow, you did a great job, I have a question: I see the front is lower than the back, do you have a cover? It is amazing how high beardies can jump.
I don't know if the sand is the best substrate, it can cause impactions, have you ever thought of tile, papertowel or reptile carpet, these are all very safe flooring........something to think about.
Your viv is fabulous, fabulous and you did a great job, and your little Lilly is beautiful, where did you get her from?

and i don't feed her in her tank so its a lot less chance to get an impaction and i got her from my brothers 2 leather backs she was the only one that made it was his first time and by accredited. also yha the front has a another board that goes on the front i made it so it can slide on then and i have a screen top to go over the hole thing
also i bathe her every day so shes sorta potie trained :p in away
 

beardie osk

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lippertthereptileguy":vc00pvbg said:
beardie osk":vc00pvbg said:
Wow, you did a great job, I have a question: I see the front is lower than the back, do you have a cover? It is amazing how high beardies can jump.
I don't know if the sand is the best substrate, it can cause impactions, have you ever thought of tile, papertowel or reptile carpet, these are all very safe flooring........something to think about.
Your viv is fabulous, fabulous and you did a great job, and your little Lilly is beautiful, where did you get her from?

and i don't feed her in her tank so its a lot less chance to get an impaction and i got her from my brothers 2 leather backs she was the only one that made it was his first time and by accredited. also yha the front has a another board that goes on the front i made it so it can slide on then and i have a screen top to go over the hole thing
also i bathe her every day so shes sorta potie trained :p in away

That sounds great, keep up the good work, you've done a great job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

beardie osk

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HereThereBeDragons: What an interesting set-up, it's as close as being in the wild, I'm trying to understand the set-up, can you explain more please. Do you have a viv on the inside and the connecting tunnel to the outside? Is that right? Is this seasonal because of weather? What a sense of freedom.

My only concern is the water fall, beardies don't need humidity and these falls increase it in an inclosed unit but is it on the inside or outside? There's alot to explore in these areas, thanks for posting.
 
It's extremely seasonal.
Their setup is always changing with the seasons, but they're pretty good about letting me know if they like something or want something put back how it was, and most of the time it's just tweaking and maintenance.
The main viv is inside atop a single bed.
Right now there's no connecting tunnel, which they're rather aware of as I'm seeing far more frequent nose-pokes and signals or just looks from some of them that they want to come and visit or go somewhere interesting.
I kept it attached throughout the winter, only the normally-outside part stayed inside but still provided some nice leg-room, particularly for the painted dragons, who tend to get bored while the beardeds are brumating, but I had to stop using it as it kept getting torn and the patching was constant and made it apparent it might be dangerous to use outside unsupervised.
(I have a wren that visits me and keeps the loose crickets down in numbers, and she's also my equipment inspector.)
It's already warm enough to keep outside full-time again, though, so I plan on having that set up soon, but first I'm upgrading it to a much more durable, finer-mesh screen, and I'll see if they'll tolerate a 10" high tunnel that can be fastened far more securely and without a ton of tape compared to that 19" atrium of a tunnel I resigned to using when they outgrew the 4" and rather uninviting early experiments.
Their outside viv typically sits rooftop and is basically just a sun room.
Minimally furnished, nothing hard or heavy, mostly more meshy bird-house type hangings and climbs, all very hammocky.
No solid floor, just more screen, so the rain doesn't build up, just washes everything.
I'm not sure if this kind of indoor/outdoor setup is a common adaptation, but I'd encourage anyone to try it as long as they know what they're doing.
I'm sure people with screened porches or rec rooms or decks and tents and the like could come up with something much more lavish and fun.

As far as the humidity in the main viv, it's really never been a concern.
Overall, it's been way less of an issue since I got them out of the 29-gallon glass tank their former owners had them in.
I don't know if you've worked with screen cages in different settings, but a screen cage right by an open-most-of-the-year window, baking in an assortment of heat emitters, heat lamps, and U.V. lamps, becomes almost essentially a big dryer.
I usually have to work the other way just to provide a little bit of occasional humidity for comfort and the sake of the plants.
The waterfall is inside (which is in a different configuration now so it doesn't take up the whole swimming area) and serves mostly as a perch/basking spot/alternate mode of pool access, makes a little bit of a dent in the humidity levels right around it, but hasn't seemed like a concern, and I usually keep their food dishes aways from the drinking and bathing areas.
(despite the unconscious habits one might assume, creating some kind of beardie kitchen)
I used to let the waterfall and the fountain run twelve hours at a time when I thought they might not be drinking enough, but now they only run for a few short invervals during the day.. just enough so the water doesn't grow stagnant and stays fresh longer.
(Also these are minimalist pumps; they hardly gush.. they kind of drip.)
Grew apparent they were fully cognisant of water, flowing or not, but sensitive about temperature differentials, so I put a Hydor mini aquarium heater in the pool, and I seldom bathe any of them anymore as they enjoy bathing themselves spontaneously as long as the water's not too chilly.

Again, it changes a lot.
I might take more pictures when it's doing something different.
It's a bit makeshift and a bit unintentionally modern, but beardies aren't stupid and they know their habitat's not the wild, so instead of focusing on giving them misleading visual cues, I just try to make it work for them as what it is, and they're often as glad to be back home as they are to be out.
 

beardie osk

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That's quite an impressive detailed story, thanks for taking the time, and I would like to see more pics if you ever take them. (Where do you live, if you'd rather not say you can PM me.)
 

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