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4 years 8 months ago - 4 years 8 months ago #64084 by Taki Tsonis
Time will tell Klippie, I don't think it will be an issue but lets see.... big update coming, it's basically complete and looking AWESOME! trumpet

You can take an Aphonopelma to crickets but you can't make it eat!
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4 years 8 months ago #64085 by Philip Dreyer

Taki wrote: Time will tell Klippie, I don't think it will be an issue but lets see.... big update coming, it's basically complete and looking AWESOME! trumpet


Cant wait man, the suspense is killing me. I think its going to be absolutely EPIC!!!!

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4 years 8 months ago #64091 by Wayne Prinsloo
This is really awesome!!!

I cant wait for the end result, sure its going to look great!!

I would love doing the same, just on much smaller scale.

Good luck, i will definitely check in regularly!

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4 years 8 months ago - 4 years 8 months ago #64106 by Dimitri Kambas
All i can say is WOW!!!!

Firstly i would like to thank Taki and Dave for their hard work and assisting me in completing the enclosure. :happy: Took lots of hours but we finally did it!

Now to the details:

Dave kind of summarised Saturday quite nicely but i want to add a few more details. We where very smart in the way we cut up the backdrop and reused as much of those pieces.

Glass Separation for aquarium
We needed to cut a piece of glass of about 45cm and to silicon it in place to allow us to create the water section for the waterfall and fish. After the first installation we tested it and found very small faults causing leakage to we applied another layer of silicon just to secure it better and fix the issue.

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Waterfall, waterfilter and Pump
As you can see we started by cutting a big piece out of the backdrop about 40cm high so we can fit in the water filter. Using the filter as the main waterfall was tricky because we needed to pump the water around 50cm up into it. Unfortunately the pump that came with the filter was way to weak to do the job. So we headed to the nearest pet shop and got a stronger one.

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As you can see we had the pipe coming from the front but after changing the pump we removed it and took the pipe from behind the backdrop and basically disguising the pump and the pipe.

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We where also lucky to use that small indentation behind the backdrop which allowed some room for the cables and pipe. The pump was more powerful than expected so we used more pipe to try and lower the pressure and used that small pipe joiner (from the initial filter pipe) to get the water flowing into the filter.

Another challenge here was to allow us in future to clean the filter so we had to provision a mechanism to extract the basket. Here we just cut out another piece above the filter big enough for the basket to just come out. We also had to make sure that it was easy to just pull this piece out and put it back in because remember when its full of spiders you cant just take your time :P

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Here is the small piece that fits into the gap. We added some fake plants as well as an extra piece of polystyrene and drift wood all tied together with silicon and wire.

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I think designing the waterfall and disguising the actual filter was the biggest challenge. Our lack of skill and experience working with polystyrene just made it harder! So here we just improvised. We used the cut-out pieces, fake leaves and some paint all stuck together with toothpicks and silicon.

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Waterfall check, now onto the aquarium. We are using the normal fish tank pebbles. We made sure to get a colour to suit the whole feel. Challenge here was to make sure to cover the pump on the corner so we got a nice big rock. We also needed to cover the glass separating the water area so we cut out a very large part of the bottom of the backdrop and reused it to form some kind of bedding that hopefully the H gigas use.

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We finally got to install the backdrop with waterfall and test it. I wont lie we where all very nervous if it would actually work. We hit the switch and all i can say is i did my happy dance. Success!! Small problem though, we had to empty the water about 3 times to clear the cloudiness. But we where happy with that.

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The pump was still a bit too strong and we had to open the small air-velve and make a tiny little hole in the pipe to reduce the pressure. Adding a few minor details as well to spread the water slightly so it trickles down smoother and looks more natural.

Main terrestrial area

Here we gave way for Dave to come and do what he does best. I think it took him like 10 minutes to place everything. That's how long he had it in his head!

We put a first layer of river sand, on top of that larger stones and then the potting soil mixed with peat.

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We added the main plant in the back close to the waterfall hoping that some droplets get to it and created some nice hides with the drift wood. We put the main piece of drift wood slightly over the water bed separator to help keep it down and not float.

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We made sure there where enough hiding places. A remaining piece of wood was inserted into the water and stretching over to the terrestrial area. Some vines also added stretching over the water. Obviously lots of moss and ground cover was used, stones, other plants, and my most exciting addition was the water lilies and little floating weeds.

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Some moss was added to the water filter to cover the cracks and hopefully they catch and start growing naturally. Lastly we added lots of isopods.

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The only outstanding additions are :
Move the enclosure to its secure position inside the house
Add rainfall system pipes
Add neon fish
Add LED lights for decoration as well as for plant growing
Add worms, roaches, water slugs and other insects
Finally add tarantulas - Not sure in what order we will do this but time will tell.

To a great personal achievement and happy end-start to my project! :drunk:

Hope you guys like the pics. I have all the video footage which i will be editing soon. I want to make a full video with tarantulas so it will be ready in like a month.

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4 years 8 months ago #64107 by Uncle Charlie
Wow!!! That looks so awesome. Congrats guys!!!!

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4 years 8 months ago #64110 by Philip Dreyer
my hat goes of to you guys, this enclosure is really worthy of showing off on the whole of the interwebs.

love the teamwork and the fact that the filter is hidden as well as the fact that you guys reused parts that you cut out.

All and all job well done and cant wait for the videos and updated on the T's going in.

feel good gentlemen, you have done very well.


*staring a slow clap*
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