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 Post subject: Re: viv build
PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 7:16 pm 
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Due to still awaiting a few parts I only got so far today unfortunately.
The first job was mounting the heat lamp, very simply I marked the centre line of the viv, dismounted the ceramic by loosening the wire retaining screw and unscrewing the assembly, then screwed the bracket onto the back wall.
I then decided to attach the cable to the wall and the uv cables to the ceiling. Another easy job requiring only a hammer.
I took the 60x30cm sandstone slabs I bought at a garden centre and smashed them with a mallet. Making sure that there were no sharp edges afterwards I started playing around with the layout.
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That's it for today really other than procuring some brown silicone for sealing it up when finished.

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 Post subject: Re: viv build
PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 10:10 pm 
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Looking forward to seeing the finished product!

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 Post subject: Re: viv build
PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 10:18 pm 
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With the silicone I sealed up the vents. I've moved them from the back wall to the foam background for aesthetics and to stop bugs getting behind the foam.
I applied silicone to the edges of the vents, placed in the cut-outs and then smoothed down and cleaned up the edges.
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 Post subject: Re: viv build
PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2013 3:37 pm 
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I spared 5 minutes to seal the bottom section of the viv today.
I took the sealant and one join at a time applied a thin bead along the join. After application using a finger smoothed it and encouraged it into the join, wiping excess off my finger as I went.

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I will seal the lid along with the background once all wiring is installed and it's put back together in one piece.

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 Post subject: Re: viv build
PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 2:11 am 
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After figuring out where the wiring in the viv would go I used a round file to create openings to pass the wires out of the back. With the wire holes set I then re-fitted the lid with wires in place. The foam pieces needed a little trim to fit snugly into place, once in place I sealed with brown silicone.
I took a break from viv building to assemble some IKEA furniture at this point.
After that I placed the glass in the runners, stuck on some handles from eBay and fired it up to check the temps on an initial run.
It's looking good!
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Refreshment...and overview
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Basking area
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Cold end
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 Post subject: Re: viv build
PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 3:56 am 
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Temps look good. You may want to lower the basking temp a little. With a basking rock/log sitting there the actual point will be 4~5+ cm higher which may well add 5C to the temp in that area. I know that will lower the cool end temps but that really shouldn't be a worry as your beardie will just move around to a comfortable temp anyway.

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 Post subject: Re: viv build
PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 10:01 am 
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Thanks, I will test it decorated before he moves in and hopefully find a good setup for heat quite quickly.

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 Post subject: Re: viv build
PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 12:55 pm 
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The actual gradient should still remain OK unless airflow gets impeded by too many large items so it shouldn't be a problem adjusting temps.

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 Post subject: Re: viv build
PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 4:52 pm 
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Wow :lol: looking good ( you deserve a holiday for all you have gone through these few weeks) :lol: :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: viv build
PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 5:03 pm 
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Tell me about it. Archimedes has shown signs of improvement today so I'm happy. I'll post up the last jobs and pictures of the build soon enough, I'm chuffed with it though.
If everyone keeps their fingers crossed for my job interview on Monday I should be able to afford a holiday too :)

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 Post subject: Re: viv build
PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 5:17 pm 
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Thats good news on Arch and hope your interview goes well and you get the job :lol:

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 5:52 pm 
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Thanks

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 Post subject: Re: viv build
PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 12:26 pm 
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So to complete the viv build, the heat lamp was left running at full power with one door slightly open in order to dry the silicone quickly and let out the fumes. I chose children's play sand as substrate which is delivered damp. Using baking trays I dried out the sand at 120 degrees C in the oven. I then baked all the rocks I'd be putting in using the same method. The sand I baked until it was powdery dry, the rocks I left in for around an hour per batch. This was obviously to dry the sand and sanitize the rocks. I've not quite finished the layout and am planning a reshuffle of his basking spot but due to necessity put Archimedes in as soon as I could. Guess who has a happier dragon, I've not seen him so active in weeks! I'm just hoping he eats later.

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I just have the external wiring and a re-arrangement of the basking rocks and probe to sort out and I'll consider it complete.
Any constructive criticism or feedback is welcome. What do you think? Could it benefit from anything else or any changes?

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 Post subject: Re: viv build
PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 1:26 pm 
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Awesome :lol: love it ; maybe a bit of greenery secured well :lol: and so happy you Dragon is happy :lol: fingers crossed he eats later :lol: you just need to get your new Job and wey hey ; your on the up :lol: :lol: :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: viv build
PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 1:42 pm 
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I had some greenery in the last viv but threw it out in case it was contaminated with coccidia. I might get some more but I'm liking the "arid look" so may invest in more of the dried foliage I have a piece of. I agree it could do with some more planty bits. Thanks for your input.
He's not 100% yet but he's showing good signs. I'm now thinking he either doesn't trust me anymore due to the medicine process or the weather's getting him down like so many other dragons. I wish he could just tell me! The possibilities are endless...

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