Exo 24x24x24 Build

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  1. Scarloc

    Scarloc Contributing Member

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    So guys, I got a new Exo to replace my current clay build as with the Mistking system it is now starting to fall apart. Now it is new build time.

    Testing for leaks and washing. The previous owner has a whole room dedicated to empty tanks. No leaks found.
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    Removing the new type of screen holders. Just pull them straight up the 1/4" or so that they pull then bend into the tank while pulling up.

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    It does leave a decent sized hole though. They will have to be siliconed later.
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    And starting the ventilation system, I hate that my fans can be seen in my current tank so I am hiding them this time.

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    More photos as my wife and I progress on this tank.

    Anyone have any ideas on what would moss and green well to use as a cover for the expanding foam? I have found coco fiber tends to take over a year before it starts to green.
     
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    Tree fern works great. Exo terra has a product that is suitable now.
     
  3. Scarloc

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    Fruit fly proofing the front vent of the exo.

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    Slid popsicle sticks through the corrugated plastic to hold the fans in place.

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    Started making the screen covers for the fan vent openings.

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    I was hoping for something more woody that will green. Perhaps I will have to use some bark.
     
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    Ventilation pretty much done, just waiting on the fans. Bought some nice double bearing brushless less than 10 DB fans so it should be quiet and hopefully not need to be replaced.

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    Tomorrow I have to hit up the visible parts with black spray paint so they are not bright white.
    If that dries in time I should be able to start the roots and if I am really lucky I may be able to start to foam.

    Anyone know how well expanding foam adheres to corrugated plastic, masking tape and PVC plastic please chime in. I am guessing I am going to have to rough it all up first with a course grit sandpaper.
     
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    Small update, somehow with a day off the wife kept me busy all day.

    Cut the rounded edges at the top off, may not be worth it as the glass would have fit tightly anyways. Will have to be siliconed.
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    Spray painted the inside of the air vent tubes and some rough wiring. As I am going to put it behind the foam it will no doubt fail.

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    At the greenhouse today saw this. Think it could be made for less than 50$? Seems like an awesome way to keep plant cuttings in a much smaller space.

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    Also I was considering having 2.5 sides covered but am worried on seeing the white great stuff through the other sides tank. Any easy ways to prevent this without gunking up the side with silicone?
     
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    I've seen spray paint on the outside as well
     
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    Is that a living wall planter? I guess if you enclosed the thing in plastic or something somehow you could root cutting in it, sure. Seems like more soil volume than you'd need for just cuttings, though. I usually just use small pots (1-3") or plug flats.

    What greenhouse is this?
     
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    It was kind of a lame one on Britannia Rd between Milton and Mississauga. Lots of Christmas stuff and mostly poinsettia plants. If you have a big tank, birds nest ferns are on sale.

    I was thinking less for rooting cuttings and more for holding all the plants to take cuttings from for the next tank.

    I need to work on the shaky hand pictures for the next few. Did not realize how blurry they were.

    I like the spray paint idea if I really have to cover something up as I already bought the white expanding foam on sale.
     
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    Sorry guys been a busy week. Finally some relax time with the wife.

    Got the screen vent done, only had white pole, figured it was at the back on the top. Hopefully will not regret that.
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    On sale now that summer is over, cheap no see em mesh.

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    Visited Home Hardware, black foam in stock and some other needed stuff.

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    And what will eventually become, the mangrove.

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    Just take some black spray paint and put a quick coat on the frame of the screen. It’s quick and easy to do, and it looks a lot better once you put it on the tank. That's what i did with mine, i think it makes the tank look more finished.
     
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    ...Or a can of Krylon.
     
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    I guess I could tape off the mesh and spray it.
     
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    That is going to look cool.
     
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    Thats what i would do, i think you will be happier with it painted black once you put it in.
     
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    Not much visually done but a lot of needed.

    Siliconed basically everything as I did not know how well the GS would stick to corrugated plastic, plastic pipe and for safety the glass and heck I had a whole tube of it.

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    Sealed the holes I made earlier.

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    Could not get a WIP picture of this step because of silicone covered hands but all I removed was the piece of masking tape on the front and back side.

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    No fancy vaseline here I had to use this to make the masking tape unstickable.

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    The chap stick is a very good idea!
     
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    A few updates as this weekend was too windy to fly.

    Took your advice and taped it off.
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    Apparently there was some glue on the ends that didn't spray well but it should be hidden.
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    Went to Clouds, my purchase.
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    And for the wife, I think once they can be divided I may mount them.
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    And just one more foam session to go and it should be done. Sorry guys black on black does not show up.
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    So here is what the roots ended up looking like.

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    I am going to have to carve some styro to look like shattered sticks for the ends of the fan exhausts. and paint them up. Also have to carve some rocks out and paint them.

    You guys think I should carve the roots smooth or leave them bumpy?

    Is standard GE silicone 2 still safe to use or is something else preferred for the background?

    Also any ideas on what to surface my stumps/roots with? Would like to use something that gets that nice green wood effect.
     
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    Did not have any HDF so I had to use the cruddy LDF instead, still worked to extend the tubes a bit. Next time I am going to fit the screen in further back.

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    Carved a bunch of extra foam off. Going to have to get the shop vac.

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    First layer of paint for the rocks. Sorry the flash makes everything too bright.

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    Keep adding layers until you have painted rocks.

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    Next time I am making these out of high density foam as this waterproof spray foam is too spongy to properly carve. I will update you guys on how to do it when I redo the previous viv.
     
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