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 Post subject: Re: viv build
PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 4:51 pm 
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Matt this looks absolutely awesome, I bet Archimedes is in his element. The only thing I thought that could be added, which Cat mentioned, is a bit of greenery/ colour and If you do add any make sure you post some pics on how you secure it as its something I've been trying to work out for mine.

Edit: Where did you get the rocks from?

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 Post subject: Re: viv build
PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 8:03 pm 
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I used self adhesive cable fastening pads (for electronics) and cable ties to secure the plants in my old viv. I'm sure you could get them from maplins or the RS website.
Most of the rocks in the new viv were from B&Q. The sandstone came as garden patio slabs, which I smashed into the bits you can see. The granite blocks were just loose in the garden section, and his other basking rock (his favourite) I found in an alley out the back of my work...after it accidentally came loose from a wall :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: viv build
PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 10:57 pm 
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If you decide to go and add "greenery" then about all I'd consider would be a clump of dried grass. The photo at the bottom of my sig. is of an area near the bottom of their range and you don't exactly see much in the way of green plants! Otherwise it looks good!

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 Post subject: Re: viv build
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Are you feeding Archimedes on hamburgers?


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 Post subject: Re: viv build
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Are you not supposed to? That's where I've been going wrong then :?

Looking at some of the final pictures you may make out some other random objects in there. I found a pack of mixed exotic seed pods which I've put in for decoration. Sure you wouldn't find them in the outback but I thought they were a bit more earthy than some other decorations available. Archimedes has never been to Australia though so I doubt he'll comment.

On a side note he's perked up a bit more today, he's done a tiny poo which I guess means he's eaten a tiny amount of veg at some point yesterday, I think (hope) once he's settled in I'll get my happy dragon back.

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 Post subject: Re: viv build
PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2013 7:18 pm 
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really nice set up u have ive been looking at set ups so my viv can look as natural as possible. my viv is white malamine,


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 Post subject: Re: viv build
PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2013 7:58 pm 
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Thanks, I think hiding any wiring where possible helps lean towards a natural looking environment. That's probably my favourite thing about the new viv. Looking in from the front there's not a wire to be seen.
Let me know if you want my thoughts on anything.

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 Post subject: Re: viv build
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How did the interview go :lol: :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: viv build
PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2013 9:26 pm 
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Couldn't say, a very guarded interviewee. I should find out if I'm required for second interview soon however. Keep you posted

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 Post subject: Re: viv build
PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2013 9:53 pm 
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Some final pictures of the viv, taken after dark. I changed the basking area slightly re-routing the thermometer for better access to where I wanted the temp measured. I have a stable 42 at the basking site, 31 ambient hot end, 28 in the middle and 26.5 cool end.

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 Post subject: Re: viv build
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Finished product looks great - just one clump of dried grass in a corner would finish it beautifully and dried bamboo leaves look similar to dead gum tree leaves if you want to add a little more authenticity.

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 Post subject: Re: viv build
PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 6:16 pm 
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I have just done Boris a set up like this and I have a question for you does your beardie climb the background and if so could they hurt themselves if they fall. Boris has been climbing it all day but seems to stay there for a good 10-15mins before I get him down as he looks as though he has no idea or intention of getting down and I was thinking if he fell or just dropped from the top would he hurt himself especially if he landed on the rocks and not the same.

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 Post subject: Re: viv build
PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 7:48 pm 
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Reuben doesn't climb the backdrop no. Does Boris have anything else he could climb instead? I suppose there will always be a chance that he could injure himself from a fall although in my fairly limited experience they're fairly robust.
How old is Boris though?

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 Post subject: Re: viv build
PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 8:18 pm 
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Yes I have a bambo jungle gym thing in there as well. He is only 3 month old and quite an active little fella as well. Loves being handled and will climb all over me as well up my arm onto shoulders.

He may calm down the older he gets. Although I'm to fussed about the climbing as long as he is safe just thinking when me and missus and both in work and he is left home if he gets up there and can't get down he could injure himself.

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 Post subject: Re: viv build
PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 8:28 pm 
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If you're concerned it may be a question for Rick as I have next to no experience with young dragons.
Maybe to be safe it might be worth removing the background until he is older.
I'm sure they climb in the wild though.

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