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    Hello Everyone,

    I thought I would share a few pictures of the project I have been working on. I plan to pick up a P. grandis in about 3 weeks from our local reptile expo (hopefully!) and decided to build a viv for it out of an old china cabinet.

    Now that it is complete it gives me a few weeks to monitor temp/humidity and also gives some time for the plants to establish before the gecko gets here. Not too mention university started again last week and I haven't even cracked a book yet because I've been working on this haha!

    Any way:

    Here is the original cabinet: (only $50!)

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    I removed the side panel windows and cut of the top to increase air flow:

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    I then sealed all the cracks with 100 % silicon and re-purposed the side panel windows into a glass tray:

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    Then I screen in the top and side panels and made a small hand door, also I wrapped the top of the tray with foam (It was slightly sharp):

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    Then I found a great tree from outside, sanded it, sterilized it and sealed it. Also backed the viv with a layer of cork:

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    Finally I planted it! I used bamboo stalks filled with substrate and a clay ball layer as planters for golden pothos (honestly this was a challenge) and planted a palm as well:

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    and voila:

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    Any questions/comments/concerns are welcome! I still have a few weeks before it is home to anything so I can always make any recommended tweaks that come my way!

    Thanks

    Dillon

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    Looks great, but have you thought abouth the long term effects the humidity might have on the wood?
    I would also be worried abouth feeder insects eating the foam, and your gecko eating both of them afterwards.., i think you should be able to sand down the sharp edges.

    Besides that it looks very nice.
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    Thanks! Yes I had thought about the wood getting damaged, it has been sealed with a few coats of non-toxic water based poly acrylic finish. So I'm hoping that does the trick! But I will definitely monitor it! As for the foam, I think I will pick up some glass sandpaper and smooth it out! Although I won't be using crickets as feeders, they are usually the chewers right?

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