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    I am hoping to start a thread about things folks use to build their vivariums. I build both naturalistic desert, and tropical - and in between...from leopard geckos who come NOT from a desert to leaftails that need a cooler system. anyone else building anything?
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    Deven
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    That poly foam works well. you can landscape a really good background with it. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] other than that i just use cork mats, fern panels, and a mixture of peat and coco fiber for the substrate, with a sprinkle of LFS on top.
    welcome to the forums! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/cool.gif[/img]

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    Thanks

    why polyfoam instead of mortar or what other use; expanding foam? what kind of glue would you use and does it break down with water?
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    Deven
    www.terra5designs.com
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    the polyeurithan (sp?) foam is a glue, and it expands [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
    what is mortrar glue?

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    i have some new photos of a tank that was just completed. if your interested i can send one to you, i'll link them later this week end.

    anyone ever use concrete to build waterstreams and such?

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    deven, to make a stream I used an aluminum duct that I cut in half, it was bendable, flexable, and extendable. I formed it how I wanted it, then put the substrate in and shapped it out in order to fit the stream and viola... It looks somewhat like a sewer drain at the moment, but with some plants and rocks it will be covered in no time.
    By the way I remember you from RF, you helped me answer a few questions.. Since then Ive done two vivs, thanks to some motivation from your site. Maybe now I can help you some [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img] .And I would love to see pics of your latest work. And if you are interested ill show you what ive done!
    cody

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