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 #2269665


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 Custom Uro Enclosure III

I just added another six-footer beneath the first. The lower enclosure is setup differently than the last two. Due to height restrictions I decided to use a 36" t5 fixture (purchased from lightyourreptiles.com) equipped with an Arcadia t5 HO 12% UVB bulb. The basking bulb is, IIRC, a 75w outdoor halogen linked to a dimmer to easily adjust output. Cool side ambient light consists of a 23w (100w incandescent equivalent) 6500K CLF (which wasn’t on in the pictures. I still have some interior design to do but aside from that it’s pretty much done.





06/11/12  06:09pm

 #2270580


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  Message To: Vers   In reference to Message Id: 2269665


 Custom Uro Enclosure III

All i have to say is WOW.... puts my custom to shame.....lol..... i will be re doing an old dresser for my uros in a bit, it takes a while to sand everything and prep it but i think it is going to be pretty awesome, will post pics after it is done.... i have a feeling yours is defiantly one of the BEST ones iv seen! =D



06/19/12  07:00pm

 #2270775


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  Message To: Deadlyconfetti   In reference to Message Id: 2270580


 Custom Uro Enclosure III

haha, thanks :) I actually just built another 4’ enclosure yesterday which should be ready for an instal some time next week...just need to get the background done.



06/21/12  05:46pm

 #2270777


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  Message To: Vers   In reference to Message Id: 2270775


 Custom Uro Enclosure III

Im rather embarrassed now to post my pictures of my custom stuff haha, but it was my first one the one im making now is better plus i learned some tricks!

What do you use for the background?



06/21/12  05:56pm

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  Message To: Deadlyconfetti   In reference to Message Id: 2270777


 Custom Uro Enclosure III

For the top enclosure I used 2" thick high density foam insulation which was then carved and coated with several layers of poly fortified non-sanded colored grout. For the bottom I used the same technique only instead of using grout I went with much stronger topping mix concrete, again with a poly/acrylic fortifier.



06/21/12  06:21pm

 #2270821


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  Message To: Vers   In reference to Message Id: 2270782


 Custom Uro Enclosure III

Oh ok , the same as stuff i use..... only you are better haha



06/21/12  10:04pm

 #2270824


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  Message To: Vers   In reference to Message Id: 2270782


 Custom Uro Enclosure III

how thick do you make the grout, i found that was the hardest part was making the best consistency and putting it on! How do you put on the grout? sorry for the questions just trying to learn better ways or easier ways of doing things. i want to re design all my terrariums, i got a heavy wood, that is about 6 foot dresser im going to use for the uros, just getting ventilation in, then im keeping my eye out for an old china cabinet to do for my chameleon, then just going to do backgrounds and stuff for my leopard gecko and snake. well im babbling again! you have great work =)



06/21/12  10:17pm

 #2270855


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  Message To: Deadlyconfetti   In reference to Message Id: 2270824


 Custom Uro Enclosure III

Thank you again. If I recall correctly I applied four or five coats of grout with a paint brush, which gave it a total thickness of around 1/8". The first layer was very thin which I used to coat every nook and cranny. After that layer dried I added a second layer that was a bit thicker than the first and worked with thicker consistencies from there on out. Since I decided to forgo the sealing/clear coat process due to aesthetic purposes when I installed them I got a bit of chipping, hence the use of the sand topping mix in later/current backgrounds. I prefer the appearance of the grout to the concrete but the latter has proven to be stronger.

Anyway, good luck with your build and be sure to post images of the process and or the finished product.



06/22/12  10:34am

 #2270858


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  Message To: Vers   In reference to Message Id: 2270855


 Custom Uro Enclosure III

Yes i found that for the first one i did a while back that it took i think around 8 coats of grout, i made mine a bit thinner then they said to on the box so it could be easier spread on and yes mine cracked and stuff too and i have noticed now that the ramp i made has cracked ( thus why i am making a new one for the uros) it isnt harming anything right now it isnt very big but i dont like it, like i said i got pointers from making the first one.... including how fast Styrofoam melts as i burned myself several times on it lol. It might lok like crap but it is 100 percent better then what they were in when i got them, and it shows in how they are!

i will def post pics... if stuff turns out good lol.



06/22/12  11:11am

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  Message To: Vers   In reference to Message Id: 2269665


 Custom Uro Enclosure III

I figured I’d update this since there have been changes made since last posting. I’ll start with just a single shot of my male ornate’s new setup.



There are several hides throughout; two separate levels directly below the basking area (you can see an entrance to one of them), a hide in the root centerpiece and a cool end hide directly below the feeding platform. The hides below the basking area are custom made using 2" thick foam insulation board (cut in strips) coated with a concrete mixture topped with ~1" thick concrete slabs that are reinforced with expanded metal mesh. The artificial grasses are anchored in concrete coated foam-core bases.



11/04/12  09:16am

 #2284604


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  Message To: Vers   In reference to Message Id: 2269665


 Custom Uro Enclosure III

AWSUME!!!



11/04/12  12:23pm

 #2284620


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  Message To: Skullkeeper   In reference to Message Id: 2284604


 Custom Uro Enclosure III

Thanks!



11/04/12  01:51pm

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  Message To: Vers   In reference to Message Id: 2284620


 Custom Uro Enclosure III

How about pics with the Uro enjoying himself in his new home?

Paul



11/08/12  12:16pm

 #2284935


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  Message To: Sahara99   In reference to Message Id: 2284932


 Custom Uro Enclosure III

asap, Paul. He was out exploring the few days after I set everything up however I’ve seen very, very little action from all of my uros lately (apart from my female ornate, who’s up and at em’ even before the lights come on). Just like a switch, brumation seems to have kicked in to full gear.



11/08/12  12:42pm

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  Message To: Vers   In reference to Message Id: 2284935


 Custom Uro Enclosure III

Awesome tanks!! And yes.. my are also beginning to get out less and less.



11/08/12  12:45pm

 #2285065


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  Message To: Steadfast   In reference to Message Id: 2284940


 Custom Uro Enclosure III

Appreciated!



11/10/12  12:52pm

 #2285226


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  Message To: Vers   In reference to Message Id: 2285065


 Custom Uro Enclosure III

How did you do the lights? Are the lights enclosed some how? I’d like to convert an old armoire, but I’m worried about the lights being in a closed space a possibly causing a fire.

Any advice or pics would be appreciated.

Thanks!



11/12/12  02:42pm

 #2285235


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  Message To: Cudrak   In reference to Message Id: 2285226


 Custom Uro Enclosure III

I have all of my basking bulbs mounted in adjustable security light fixtures and or porcelain keyless bulb holders, which are attached to an electric box that is attached to the enclosure ceiling. For example:



Surface temps would need to exceed 350f in order for any possibility of combustion when using certain type of wood without any type of accelerant. That said, the surface temp measured just above the bulb(s) never exceeds the temperature of the basking site itself, which ranges from 120-130f.



11/12/12  03:38pm

 #2285288


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  Message To: Vers   In reference to Message Id: 2285235


 Custom Uro Enclosure III

Amazing!!!

Want to come to Canada to build a couple for me? :p



11/13/12  12:10pm

 #2285301


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  Message To: Boabab95   In reference to Message Id: 2285288


 Custom Uro Enclosure III

Haha...if you fly me there, provide room and board and materials I’d be glad to. In any case, thanks :)



11/13/12  03:16pm

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  Message To: Vers   In reference to Message Id: 2285235


 Custom Uro Enclosure III

That’s very helpful. Thanks!



11/14/12  09:23am

 #2285381


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  Message To: Cudrak   In reference to Message Id: 2285365


 Custom Uro Enclosure III

No problem :)



11/14/12  03:00pm

 #2285489


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  Message To: Vers   In reference to Message Id: 2285381


 Custom Uro Enclosure III

Hi I’m trying to do a foam background for my bearded dragon cage, I got it all carved and have the poly fortified non-sanded colored grout to put on I was just wondering if I should apply a clear coat after the grout? You said it was cracking because you didn’t but how bad was the cracking and you think it would look too glossy if I did? Sorry the the questions I just want to make sure before I started the grout.



11/15/12  09:05pm

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  Message To: Rep-tahyl   In reference to Message Id: 2285489


 Custom Uro Enclosure III

Honestly I don’t see myself using grout again, at least not on it’s own. I’m sure there is a better way to apply it, but I’ve yet to master that process--perhaps if it were sealed or if it were applied in thicker/more layers or wet cured it would hold up better. At the moment I prefer sand/topping mix with an acrylic additive and buff coloration, which has been considerably stronger in my experience. In fact I went over the first background I ever made with it to ensure longevity. While grout looks nicer (smoother) in my opinion, I’m just not in love with its resistance against general wear and tear. If you decide to go with the topping mix but you like the look of a smoother surface perhaps you can try sifting larger particles out of the concrete mix for a smoother texture--this is something I wanted to try but never got around to. That said, I personally would only use a sealant if I intended to use the backdrop in an aquatic or semi-aquatic setup, never for desert/semi-arid setups--The glossy sheen would just kill aesthetics all together.



11/16/12  01:59pm

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  Message To: Vers   In reference to Message Id: 2285541


 Custom Uro Enclosure III

Here is a quick video of my male ornate’s enclosure.









01/22/13  04:13pm

 #2291647


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  Message To: Vers   In reference to Message Id: 2290233


 Custom Uro Enclosure III

What type of wood did you use for the enclosure? Oak?



02/09/13  05:45pm

 #2291649


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  Message To: Reptilezz2234   In reference to Message Id: 2291647


 Custom Uro Enclosure III

Hey, I used 3/4" birch ply and either maple or poplar for the front frames.



02/09/13  06:29pm

 #2291656


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  Message To: Vers   In reference to Message Id: 2291649


 Custom Uro Enclosure III

Thanks! Hopefully I can get to building the vivarium soon, it’s just a bit too cold here in Canada XD. Right now i’m in the design process... Building a 6’ x 2’ x 2’ and a 4’ x 2’ x 2’ vivarium. When i’m finished which probably won’t be for a while, i’ll try to post pics. :) I also may have some more questions along the way... Thanks! :)



02/09/13  09:26pm

 #2291674


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  Message To: Reptilezz2234   In reference to Message Id: 2291656


 Custom Uro Enclosure III

I’m open to any and all questions--good luck!



02/10/13  09:09am

 #2291695


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  Message To: Reptilezz2234   In reference to Message Id: 2291656


 Custom Uro Enclosure III

My building has been put on hold for a week as well. Even in a garage below zero and winter storm weather just aren’t conducive for building a cage.



02/10/13  01:18pm

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