With my Nepenthes and my Nepenthes collection growing so rapidly, I am about to need a bigger growing area for my highlanders, and I am still considering a 55 Gal. long aquarium, but I think for the same price, I could build something a little bigger... Not as big as the chamber TomV posted, maybe like 24" tall x 36" long x 24" deep. I know that I could easily get PVC or wood and a plastic cover, but I would like it to be more presentable like TomV's, but not as fancy... I am considering a PVC or wood Frame, back three sides made of mirror, and the front maybe a sliding glass door? Do you think this can be done for under $100 if I already have about 75% of the mirroring left over that I could just get cut? Thanks a million!! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/alien.gif[/img]
If you're going to make the effort to build a new chamber, try to make it as big as the space you intend to place it will allow. *As you know, terrariums/chambers fill up quite quickly, and you don't want to be kicking yourself later on when you realize you could have made it bigger. *
I think building your own chamber has many advantages over utilizing a 55 gallon tank. *You can pick your own dimensions...plus, the piece of plate glass/plexiglass that you would put over the 55 would cost quite a bit anyway...not to mention the price of the tank!
The mirrored back/sides would look really nice...especially if you already have the material...but the frame would have to be very strong, and it will be a bit tricky attaching mirrors to a wooden frame. Not to mention, the final product will be VERY heavy. *I was able to simply nail/screw the wall surround into the frame that I built...the wall surround is very light and is around $20 for a 8' x 4' sheet. *As far as a sliding glass door for the front...I think it's best, easiest, and cheapest to go with a storm window placed on it's side. *You can put the windows into the tracks in such a way that you can slide the windows from either direction, allowing access to the entire chamber...or you could always just take the windows out of the frame. *Just make sure you install the window so that you have access to the side of the window intended to face indoors. *Most storm windows that are around 36" x 48" cost $25-30...a very cheap (and nice looking) sliding glass door. *Good luck!...and let me know if you have any questions.