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Topic Enclosure/Terrarium Pictures

Post by GS on Thu Jan 24, 2013 7:40 am

Vivarium/Terrarium Pictures

Lets share them here folks!

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2. Provide a a brief information on the size of the enclosure and specify which species it was custom for.

3. Specify in your subject header, Arboreal, Burrowing, or Terrestrial to make allow more efficiency during a topic search.
If there is something unique with your design, please feel free to modify the subject. E.g. Terrestrial with built-in pond

4. If you need more information on a specific enclosure, do send a private message to the poster, rather than starting a new thread asking about an enclosure, or inquiring in this enclosure thread.

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Topic Terrestrial

Post by GS on Sun Feb 24, 2013 2:30 pm

GS Desert Scorpion's enclosure for adult specimens.

This enclosure has a substrate mix of dry sand (75%) and coco fibre (25%)..

Decos includes some bark pieces and a halved thai coconut shell.

It can house an adult pair or trio in there with no issues.

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Topic Tropical forest - burrower

Post by Androctonus on Sun Feb 24, 2013 6:04 pm

Here's my enclosure of spinifers family (one adult female + 2 subadult male)

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Thx for looking
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Topic Re: Enclosure/Terrarium Pictures

Post by GS on Fri Mar 01, 2013 10:22 am

Great post mate. Thanks for sharing!

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Topic Re: Enclosure/Terrarium Pictures

Post by DolbyR on Fri Mar 01, 2013 11:44 am

GS wrote:Great post mate. Thanks for sharing!

+1

Shows nicely the concept of a false-bottom setup.

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Topic Burrowing Rainforest set up

Post by Shakudo on Mon Mar 18, 2013 11:14 pm

Rainforest set up for Pandinus Cavimanus
30x30x30 cm

Material:
Cocopeat, wood, dried moss, catappa leaf.

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When she has dug a little more, I will cover the top layer with exo terra forest ground, if I do it now it will get mixed up with the peat deposits in the front of the terrarium Smile

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Topic Burrowing desert set up

Post by Shakudo on Mon Mar 18, 2013 11:18 pm

Desert set up for Hadrurus Arizonenis
30x30x30 cm Exo Terra mini wide

Material: red sand with clay, fossilized wood, moorkienwood, dried Tilantsia moss.

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Topic Re: Enclosure/Terrarium Pictures

Post by DolbyR on Tue Mar 19, 2013 7:41 am

Great setups Joey.
Thanks for sharing.

I absolutely love those water dishes, been searching a source for those for ages.

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Topic Re: Enclosure/Terrarium Pictures

Post by Shakudo on Tue Mar 19, 2013 8:13 am

DolbyR wrote:Great setups Joey.
Thanks for sharing.

I absolutely love those water dishes, been searching a source for those for ages.

Thank you:) very kind.

I have send you a perhaps you can contact this company and they can help you. They are located in the UK. But might ship to the States.
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Topic Re: Enclosure/Terrarium Pictures

Post by GS on Tue Apr 02, 2013 3:36 pm

DolbyR wrote:Great setups Joey.
Thanks for sharing. I absolutely love those water dishes, been searching a source for those for ages.
+1

How much does it cost you (in total) and how much time has been given to set this up? I believe a number of us would be interested to know how much budget/time to set aside in order to get a nicely done up desert enclosure like this Smile

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Topic Re: Enclosure/Terrarium Pictures

Post by Shakudo on Wed Apr 03, 2013 4:19 pm

Enclosure for Hadogenes Paucidens
30x30x30
Material:
Slate stone, gravel, sand, forest ground, catappa leaves, custom background made by an aquarium store.


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Topic Re: Enclosure/Terrarium Pictures

Post by Shakudo on Wed Apr 03, 2013 4:21 pm

Updated enclosure for H. Arizonensis

Added some forest ground, catappa leaf, soaked the background and sticked some sand on it.

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Topic Re: Enclosure/Terrarium Pictures

Post by Shakudo on Wed Apr 03, 2013 4:56 pm

GS wrote:
DolbyR wrote:Great setups Joey.
Thanks for sharing. I absolutely love those water dishes, been searching a source for those for ages.
+1

How much does it cost you (in total) and how much time has been given to set this up? I believe a number of us would be interested to know how much budget/time to set aside in order to get a nicely done up desert enclosure like this Smile

Thank you, you are very kind!

Here is a list of some costs:

Well...
Terrarium: €49
Compact top and light: €20 + €7
Sand: both regular red sand and sand with clay additive mixed about € 12
Mini bottle cap water dish: €1
Accessories (wood, moss, stones, leaves etc.): The wood is sterilized moorkienwood 2 pieces €12, stones about € 5 , leaves came in a pack of 12 which I used for all terrariums €7, moss €4
The actual scorpion: €50 ($64!!) ( Very expensive due to international export laws, shipping, profit margin etc.)

subtotal cost of everything including scorp: €167 / $214
Excluding the scorp: €117 / +- $150


However, prices here are very different from those in the USA, this is Europe.
For example, I saw the terrariums that I use, all of them Exo Terra Mini Wide models, at a petco webshop for $53.54, that is €41 euro's thus being cheaper in the USA. However, I did not have to pay shipping so you might match me at some point.

I made some choices that could have been made cheaper, I now understand, like purchasing sand.
The ridiculousness of buying "terrarium sand" instead of regular playsand or aquarium sand is an unnecessary cost.
You could save money buying aquarium sand (WITHOUT fertilizer of course, really check that before you buy.)
It saved me a lot of money with my other enclosure!

My tip for people wanting to make a natural enclosure is this, save money buy sensible, don't spend a lot on brands because sometimes that's all they are... brands... I don't care if my sand comes from zoo med/exo terra/ or a nameless house brand if it works it works.

I believe the most money goes in to equipment. I choose to only use exo terra terrariums because they work for me.
In this case I stick to this brand because I find it very high quality and it's very easy to come by parts/accessories etc.

I believe you could make a decent enclosure with this terrarium for =- $120/130.

I use only natural materials, and you could save money, looking around the garden for dead twigs/stones/ etc.
I would advise sterilizing them of course, boiling wood and making it dry.
Don't spend money on ridiculously expensive stones sold by terrarium specialist shops, go to your local gardening center and take your pick for a fraction of the money!

And of course if you choose a cheaper form of housing you could save a lot of money. However, this was the part I didn't want to save money in because I want safe quality made enclosures, the biggest perk I think with these terrariums if their really cool finish, they have excellent ventilation and are very secure. But that is of course a matter of taste and choice.

The time:
Took about a week for the sand to sufficiently dry, for decoration, I took about half a day.
Trying, tweaking, testing, looking, and changing again, until I was satisfied with all the placed objects.
The entire set up is a blue print in my mind, and I could take it all a part and put it back together in the same way.
It is not hard, just take your time in choosing colors, what contrast nicely with your background?? Your substrate?? Your scorpion??
Make it a puzzle and when it's all done it's the big picture out of your thoughts and it is in harmony with each other.
I try to accomplish this, by looking at Nature, the habitats of the scorps, looking at the different colors, contrasts, materials present, even the consistency of the ground is important, it can make something look natural, or very sterile and artificial.

Most of all, I really love what I do, I loved putting it all together, I loved working on it, tweaking it, and I was very happy with the end result, it is something from me to my scorp and I take great pride in that. Don't forget to enjoy yourself, it's a lot of fun! lol!


If there are any more questions feel free to ask them and I will try to clarify.



Take care,


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Topic Re: Enclosure/Terrarium Pictures

Post by GS on Thu Apr 04, 2013 4:29 am

I'm impressed.

Thanks for taking the time to pen this down.

Add more pictures to it and it'll be a complete [HOW TO] guide for new hobbyist! Smile

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Topic Re: Enclosure/Terrarium Pictures

Post by Shakudo on Sat Apr 06, 2013 2:03 pm

GS wrote:I'm impressed.

Thanks for taking the time to pen this down.

Add more pictures to it and it'll be a complete [HOW TO] guide for new hobbyist! Smile


Your welcome, and I did that:) I love to help.

http://www.allscorpionarchives.com/t204-how-to-make-a-natural-looking-desert-enclosure
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Topic Re: Enclosure/Terrarium Pictures

Post by GS on Sun Apr 21, 2013 12:35 pm

Great work cheers

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Topic Re: Enclosure/Terrarium Pictures

Post by datCharles on Sat Jun 15, 2013 2:50 am

Hello,

this is my enclosure for my female 6i Emperor. I constantly tweak it because I dont have enough materials, like rocks, dead leaves, etc., so I'm stuck with moss, coco peat, and some driftwood. Very Happy
IIRC the tank's dimensions is 16 x 8 x 10. 

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Here she is hidden in her 2nd cave Very Happy 
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And here she is again in the 1st one Very Happy
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Topic Re: Enclosure/Terrarium Pictures

Post by GS on Sat Jun 15, 2013 4:59 am

Natural looking Smile

Where did you hide your water dish? Razz

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Topic Re: Enclosure/Terrarium Pictures

Post by datCharles on Sat Jun 15, 2013 8:50 am

GS wrote:
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Where did you hide your water dish? Enclosure/Terrarium Pictures  Icon_razz


Whoa, good eye! :O I thought no one would notice, guess somebody did lol!
I bought one though it was too big Sad. I'll try to look for a smaller one today Very Happy

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Topic Re: Enclosure/Terrarium Pictures

Post by Mr.Invert on Sat Jun 15, 2013 12:18 pm

Looking good. What's the material for the hide if i may ask? Smile
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Topic Re: Enclosure/Terrarium Pictures

Post by datCharles on Sat Jun 15, 2013 3:59 pm

Mr. Invert wrote:
Looking good. What's the material for the hide if i may ask? Enclosure/Terrarium Pictures  Icon_smile
For the first hide, I used a flat rock and some triangular rock to make the hide, I put them together, took me a while to make them stable enough so it wont collapse Very Happy, I sprinkled less than inch of cocopeat then to top it off some moss dangling on the edge.
For the 2nd hide, I just bought driftwood, it was cylindrical, so i thought it would make a perfect hide. Just like the first one, a bit of coco peat and moss, then tada! 
She seems to like both though. cheers

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Topic Re: Enclosure/Terrarium Pictures

Post by Mr.Invert on Sat Jun 15, 2013 7:13 pm

Nicely done. Thanks for sharing.
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Topic Re: Enclosure/Terrarium Pictures

Post by DolbyR on Tue Jun 18, 2013 12:07 pm

Simple, yet functional and nice looking.
Well done!

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Topic Re: Enclosure/Terrarium Pictures

Post by EmpScorp on Fri Jan 03, 2014 11:49 pm

Cool desert setups, I especially like Shakudo's H. Arizonensis setup.
I have a question though, some people have rocks below their substrate, I'm not sure why. Do you guys know?
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Topic Re: Enclosure/Terrarium Pictures

Post by ShredderEmp on Sat Jan 04, 2014 5:04 am

It could be to force the scorpion to construct their burrows along the glass so you can see the scorpion.
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