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Old 03-27-2018, 04:44 PM   #21
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So the top is in place .
A light sanding to the inside which previously housed a Chinese water dragon 15 years ago and it is ready to go.
It needs a coat of toingue oil on outside and I am still undecided on what to do with inside . I left it natural years ago.
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The tracks that hold the sliding glass front ;
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Top also showing 1/4 inch hardware cloth top to keep creatures in .

From side with out decorative top .

Front with glass .




Need to rip two pieces for sides in front as I could not find them. That was the boys 'secret hiding place ' when it was his ..
The top is on reef tank so eithway I have to make one top and a band for the reef tanks lower frame .
I have matching wood for that also.
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Old 03-27-2018, 04:48 PM   #22
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So how are you planning on filling up the top space?
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Plants ,vines and I can fasten wood to sides. There may be a land section built up to left of the overflow with a tree/rubber tree type plant to grow up. Some plants from tank will grow out of water also I expect. I want to install a CO2 diffuser in the tank so it does bubble up and off gas to the closed top and promote terrestrial growth also. I also have in my head now possibly Spanish moss? Something possibly besides vine type plants? Not really sure at all !
I am thinking their has to be some kind of water fall but that may not be high up do to splashing . Probably in the right corner to promote flow from it to overflow.
I just have the pieces ,but no solid plan ! I think I like the idea of an anole or two ! They bred for me when I kept them before !
The glass is ordered for the sump . $30 worth of glass and $30 to seam/swipe the edges ..
I could have sanded them myself but not interested...Someone has to start back to work TOMORROW !
All good things come to an end they say..I am already looking forward to next winter no matter how much I love summer...
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Wow that is gonna be a big presence in that room!
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Orchids and air plants would be cool...
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Dwarf anthurium, differing colors and a saw a newer one called Butterfly with a slightly different shape. Bloom with good lighting nearly all year long.
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I am totally open for suggestions .
Should I paint the back of the top black or green ?
I may build some type of hardsacape but I really think the DIY foam is not me not now.
The top is 'open' with the hardware cloth so it will not be a steam bath inside the enclosure.
I do want plants and really think the CO2 will benefit water and land plants.
Co2 is heavier then air I believe so it should 'linger' in the top ?
I have an outrageous digital regulator that will make controlling a snap.
No need for bubble counters or worries about EOTD..DIGITAL.....
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A deep jungle green would.be sweet. This build is going to make problems for me... looks epic
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Black is harsh and green could make things disappear. What about a nice brown?
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This build is going to make problems for me... looks epic
It is easy to build stuff like this if you say it is for your kids ! I am just putting old pieces back together again and adding whatever I have learned since then.
When I made the canopy for my 180 one of my buddies labeled it 'museum quality ' and since then when I build stuff like this I put extra effort into it to make a piece of furniture also.
Like T said it is a big presence in any room.
I have long been thinking about this build with the pieces I knew I had. I am hoping it turns out good ,but even if it is average it should grow in?
I am thinking leaving the back wood tone . It is luan plywood which is mahogany veneer.
Is tongue oil safe for the inside ? I could seal it and that would darken it up also.
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