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    So you'll be home for good in July Adam? That's great! Hopefully they won't keep dragging you back. I hear about those guys who finally get home and a few months later or whatever and they have to go again as their unit get's recalled numerous times.

    Hermes have you done the wood/epoxy indoors before? I'd like to cos it sure sounds easier than finding waterproof materials to build with but I'm a bit fearful of the epoxy fumes. I can leave but I have two cats and a lizard who will still be in the house as it cures. I can crack the window and put a fan in it but is that enough? It's enough for doing urethane foam, urethane casting resin and silicone of various types but I've never screwed with any industrial epoxies, only Aves sculpting epoxy but it's non-toxic and smells like Fritos corn chips! I made some clear polyester castings once (Casting Craft brand) and it was some of the worst stuff I've ever encountered as far as vapors go. And if you don't mix the catalyst just right you can end up with a burning resin fireball! I had one casting smoking in its mold! lol

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    hermes is right, theres really no need to buy a terrarium like that you can definitely build one for pretty cheap. I have a mid size terrarium probably comparable to a 50gal that I built myself, it has held up and is continueing to look good today for over a year so far... its all made of wood, with a glass sliding front.

    overally Very cost efficient.

    save yoruself some money if you can help it

    ( I just checked the prices on that website, the cost for my build was less than $30 which is a 1/3rd of the price of the 50gallon on there )

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    i would but ill be in the barracks and i know the 1sgt wouldn't like me having power tools in the barracks... I mean I'd love to build one but I'd like to get promoted, you know?
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    Happy safe returns. With T5 bulbs you will want to watch out for heat in a terrarium since they get pretty hot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xvart View Post
    Happy safe returns. With T5 bulbs you will want to watch out for heat in a terrarium since they get pretty hot.
    Heat management is often a concern with high performance lighting. One thing that can help is to separate the ballasts from the bulbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hermopolis View Post
    Heat management is often a concern with high performance lighting. One thing that can help is to separate the ballasts from the bulbs.

    -Hermes.
    Good point Hermes. My knowledge of electrical modifications is very limited, so that is a good point to add.

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    I'm a glass artist, and I just want to put it out there...
    There are very few things that smell worse than grouting for a leaded window panel (or other various glass design using lead framing. That's right epoxy is like sweet tea compared to leaded grout!

    Ingredients: turpentine, linseed oil (it is like a volatile acid made from plants!, (lead candium is sometimes used), plaster of Paris, whiting (will burn your skin as does linseed oil), black tar,aggregate, crushed limestone, sometimes other similar substances are used. Mix it all up in a bucket and have fun applying to your leaded glass. use in a well ventilated area, where a mask, and possibly use a fume trapper.

    speaking of DIY: you can go buy a fletcher glass cutter (this is the most simplistic and cheapest on the market.) They can be found at Home Depot, Walmart, Lowes, Ben Franklins, Pini's, Ace, or any specific crafting/hobby or hardware store. They cost about 6 dollars. find some cheep glass sheets, or old windows (go for 1/8 inch thick)
    take your measurements and make nice clean scores along the glass. take the glass over a hard but soft edge (like table with towel wrapped on it) and in a quick forceful downward thrust, break glass along the point of weakness (where your score was made) Then once you have your 3 dimensions you can start to assemble your tank/box/aquarium. Using an epoxy you can then assemble the sides to the bottom one at a time. Now that you have a glass cutter, you can make all the cuts you need on double poly carb, plexi glass, glass, and most other similar glass/plastic like glass types. No need for table saws or paying someone at hardware store to do it for you!

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    I gotta say check out Craigslist first before going to the trouble of building on or buying a new one. I have found some awesome large (30, 40, 60 gal) plexiglass tanks for very cheap: 30 & 40 gall for $20/each, a bit scratched up but no big deal & tons of room. Even check the "free stuff" section & you might find something.
    cheers & welcome back.

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