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DIY acrylic sling setups with grout backing

Discussion in 'Vivariums and Terrariums' started by Moonbug, Feb 20, 2012.

  1. Moonbug

    Moonbug Arachnosquire

    I just tried to make some new sling cages for my little Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens & my Avicularia versicolor! It took a little while for me to put it all together.

    Here is how I did it.

    • I went to Michael's and bought the acrylic containers.
    • Used a small ruler and pen to mark the air holes.
    • Drilled the air holes. I guess some people like to use a solider iron for that, but for me the drill work fine. Just use a sharp drill bit and don't force it through. Let the drill do the work, to avoid the large cracks.
    • I just drilled air holes on all four sides, around the sides of the lid, and three rows of holes on two sides on the lower part of the container. Hopefully it isn't too may for my Avicularia versicolor. I guess I will have to see how fast the water evaporates in it. I am not too worried about mold since I have thrown in springtails.
    • I mixed a small batch of grout with water and formed my backing. Keep in mind that too much will make the side heavy. I let this dry for a week. I never had the extra time to work on it during my work week but it took about a week to dry. That was with the heater on since it is winter here.
      Grout1.jpg Grout2.jpg
    • I painted my background with acrylic paint and let that dry for a week. This didn't take as long to dry, but I just wanted to make sure. By the way, since it is a small area, paint brushes don't work. I had to cut a Q-tips in half to reach inside to paint the backing.
    • I bought some cork bark and broke it into small pieces. I hot glued it together to shape a small hide for my slings. I also hot glued the fake plants onto it with some moss.
    • I added Zilla Jungle Mix, Fir & Sphagnum Peat Moss. I am not sure what is the best kind for the tarantulas, but hopefully this will work okay.

    It is my first attempt at putting a sling cage together. I would love to know what you think along with any information that might be helpful. Please share your trials and errors to help me and other people who might be thinking about putting a cage together.

    Thanks so much!

    P.S I am new at posting photos. It looks like I added my limit of photos on this post. I will try to add the rest of the photos to another post.

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  2. Moonbug

    Moonbug Arachnosquire

    Here is what the finish project looks like! I hope you like it!
  3. Zman181

    Zman181 Arachnoknight

  4. Moonbug

    Moonbug Arachnosquire

  5. Fuma

    Fuma Arachnopeon

    niceeeee.. locks great
  6. SamuraiSid

    SamuraiSid Arachnodemon

    That does look extremely well done. My T's are truly jealous.

    but to play devils advocate for a second, Id be concerned your A. versicolor well web the leafs from both sides of the container together, having you destroy his home next feeding. Then again maybe not, but the leafs look fairly close together.

  7. sjeckert6297

    sjeckert6297 Arachnopeon

    Wow that looks amazing. I would have never thought to use grout like that.
  8. Quazgar

    Quazgar Arachnoknight

    it looks nice, but my advice (if you do another) is to flip the entire container upside down. Avics tend to like to web up at the very top of the enclosure, so you'll probably end up ripping its webbing to get the top off. You can flip the container, use the smaller half to hold the substrate, and the larger half will become the top. That way the Avic can web to its heart's content, and you won't destroy it when you take the top off. Also, it makes it very convenient for cleaning the sub, as you can just set the top down on a flat surface and there won't be any way for the T to escape while you clean the bottom.

    ---------- Post added 02-21-2012 at 10:35 AM ----------

    One of my versi enclosures so you can see what I mean. (It's much less pretty than yours)

    Full enclosure:

    and for easy cleaning, take the top off and you can do whatever you want to the bottom:

    And you can just make out the little versi sitting in its webbing. (This one just molted like 3 days ago, too :) ):
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  9. Moonbug

    Moonbug Arachnosquire

    Wow, great idea! I never thought to flip it, upside down. Thanks!
  10. dsdishon

    dsdishon Arachnopeon

    Very nice. I should make one of these for my desk.....or a few. You did amazing work. I love the arboreal.
  11. ch4dg

    ch4dg Arachnosquire

    yeah having it the other way works for me too


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  12. Chicken Farmer

    Chicken Farmer Arachnosquire

    moonbug, what part/department did you find the enclosures. i looked all over Michael's but didn't find any.
  13. Moonbug

    Moonbug Arachnosquire

    It was in the container section, but I have heard they had it in different areas like next to the cash register. I would ask the employees where they keep them.
  14. Quazgar

    Quazgar Arachnoknight

    I've found them in different places at different times, both within the same Michaels as well as in different ones.