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PostSubject: Re: 3ft aquarium conversion   3/11/2009, 6:29 am

yeah it is a buzz when you know you have got it right.

All going well my clay turns up today I will post new pics
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PostSubject: Re: 3ft aquarium conversion   3/17/2009, 9:31 am

yay were 99% done.
I have modi-bodged the lid for now to accommodate the spotlights. But i plan to make a custom wood frame with wire mesh to allow for maximum ventilation as needed with desert species.

Apart from the new smeringus coming tomorrow all the enclosures have scorpions hidden in them. I am on the hunt around the dry stone walls for some nice pieces of flat stone to add to the troglodytes enclosure. It has 2 slate crevices to hide in but a couple more hidy-holes will not do any harm

so enclosures left to right....
#1: OCF female S. mesaensis
#2: YCF male S. mesaensis
#3: female S. maurus palmatus
#4: large juvi female H. Troglodytes
#5: large juvi S. vachoni immanis (to come)





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PostSubject: Re: 3ft aquarium conversion   3/17/2009, 9:35 am

I like it..... I like it alot!!!
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PostSubject: Re: 3ft aquarium conversion   3/17/2009, 10:54 am

very cool lisa! sure the scorps will feel at home.
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PostSubject: Re: 3ft aquarium conversion   3/17/2009, 2:20 pm

They do indeed look very cool lisa Smile
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PostSubject: Re: 3ft aquarium conversion   3/17/2009, 3:33 pm

love em Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: 3ft aquarium conversion   3/17/2009, 7:54 pm

Wow Wow and Wow...that looks so cool...I would live in there!
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PostSubject: Re: 3ft aquarium conversion   3/17/2009, 8:31 pm

thank you for all your great feedback Smile
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PostSubject: Re: 3ft aquarium conversion   3/22/2009, 4:06 am

Great stuff Lisa, its my turn to be jealous. Wish we could get more desert species here. Additionally mycosis for desert scorps is a real pain here in a tropical country but so far, my Lieurus seems to be ok.
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PostSubject: Re: 3ft aquarium conversion   3/22/2009, 4:53 pm

glad to hear that alex

anyway been busy being creative with backgrounds. Firstly I tried sculpting some polystyrene and then with a mixture of sand/gravel/pva glue and water, 'painted' the mix over the top. which looked ok but made it very easy for the scorpion to climb out.

sooo, I did the same mixture but spread it out over some clingfilm and left it to dry. peeled straight off, cut to size easily. so i have stuck this one in the tank. I am hoping with it being more vertical the scorp will find it harder to climb, but i have also made a cardboard plinth at the top about 1" thick and under that is an inch strip of sticky tape which im hoping will stop the scorp from getting out with there being no foot hold.

anyhow if it works i will do a tutorial with pics, because it is simple cheap and looks pretty good Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: 3ft aquarium conversion   3/22/2009, 11:58 pm

I'm very interested...is a plinth like a little over hang..pics Lisa, pics!.
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PostSubject: Re: 3ft aquarium conversion   3/23/2009, 9:53 am

yes it is an overhang. bit of an oversight when designing my tanks and getting a little creative.
but it's all a big learning curve and the best way to learn is by your mistakes.

not a major problem though. will get pics up asap.

furthermore I found that the scorpion couldn't scale the new background last night, not for the want of trying though lol!
The crickets could, being lighter but they couldn't get passed the plinth.
So all in all a success Smile
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