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DIY Arboreal enclosure prototype

Discussion in 'Vivariums and Terrariums' started by Thekla, Jan 3, 2018.

  1. Thekla

    Thekla Arachnosquire Active Member

    Hi guys,

    sometime in the near future I plan to get myself an Avic sling (possibly A. avicularia or metallica), and I was thinking about a neat enclosure. As there aren't any nice enclosures here in Germany (at least in my opinion ;)), I thought I'd come up with something myself.

    I definitely wanted something made of plexiglas or such, not made of glass ( I don't like these glass terrariums with a trap door opening for example). So, I did some measuring and ordered plexiglas sheets and acrylic glue online and went to work.

    And this is the result:

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    It's far from perfect (it's a prototype, remember? :p), the plexiglas is too thick, very difficult to handle and to drill into, and it still needs a latch/lock of some sort, but...

    ... in general, would you say this design could work? Is there enough ventilation? Or too much?
    This one measures 10x10x20 cm, the lower part in the front (for the substrate) is 5 cm high.
    Of course there'll be a water dish, cork bark/cork tube and lots of fake plants. But I wanted to wait for what you guys think, before I start with the interior decoration. ;)

    Any input is very much appreciated! :)
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  2. viper69

    viper69 ArachnoGod Old Timer

    Guten abend!!

    That looks fine. Thicker is better on larger containers, acrylic can warp over time. That will work. Get a metallica because their even more docile, prettier I think and they are larger. I loved mine.
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  3. Thekla

    Thekla Arachnosquire Active Member

    More like... guten Morgen! ;)

    Thanks! Glad to hear I'm on the right track. And I doubt this will warp any time soon... it's 5 mm thick. :p
    Do you think a container this size (it's still pretty small, I suppose) could do with 2-3 mm (just a thought for future projects)?
    I'll keep in mind that - when it's time for a bigger enclosure - I'm gonna stick with 5mm.

    And yes, I'm leaning towards a metallica, love the look! :woot:
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  4. Red Eunice

    Red Eunice Arachnolord Active Member

    Congrats. Nice looking build!
    Thought this was going to be a "mod job" thread. Great to see scratch build projects. Drilling the vent holes is the most tedious task, for me, on builds. Practice makes perfect!
    I build all my arboreal enclosures, 3 sizes, for uniformity and weight. Thinnest acrylic used is .080", thickest. 220" most are .160". The acrylic thickness is determined by the size of the enclosure I'm building. I prefer side hinged doors and use brass decorative hinges and latches. Plastic 2 part epoxy is used as the bonder. Some of my builds.
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  5. Thekla

    Thekla Arachnosquire Active Member

    Oh, they're looking very neat! :woot:

    Oh yes, drilling holes is a pain in the neck, especially with 5 mm thick acrylic sheets. So, I won't need 5 mm with little enclosures? By the way, how big are your enclosures?

    And I love the side hingd doors! :) I might borrow the idea for future projects, if that's okay.

    I used Acrifix 192 for glueing the pieces, smells kinda bad in the beginning, but that goes away rather quickly. ;)
  6. Thekla

    Thekla Arachnosquire Active Member

    Well, I think I'm done with the interior decoration. :)

    cork tube = check
    fake plants = check
    water dish = check
    about 1 1/2" substrate (mix of peat soil and coco fiber) = check

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    The substrate is still slightly damp, but until anyone's moving it, it'll have dried up for sure. ;)
    Oh, and coincidentially I had one of those brass latches laying around. So, that problem has been addressed, too.

    Did I forget anything (except the spider, of course :p)?
  7. Coiled Colt

    Coiled Colt Arachnopeon

    Dont suppose you want to build be one do you? :angelic:
    Desperate for 2 eclosures 6x6x12 (WxLxH) for some preying mantis for my other half.
    And can I find any? Not a bloody chance. :joyful:
  8. Thekla

    Thekla Arachnosquire Active Member

    I thought it would be easier in the UK to find nice acrylic enclosures. What about those arboreal cages? https://www.bugzuk.com/non-livestock/cages/
    They cost basically the same as my self-made one.

    On the other hand, it's really not that difficult to build your own enclosure. ;)
    Order some acrylic sheets in the right size (e.g. here: https://www.sheetplastics.co.uk/products/acrylic-sheet/clear-acrylic-sheet), drill ventilation holes, glue them together, add some hinges and a lock and you're done. :D
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  9. Coiled Colt

    Coiled Colt Arachnopeon

    I've been browsing bugzuk and spidershop for the last week or two for a GBB and Orchid mantis, how have i not spotted these sooner.
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  10. Red Eunice

    Red Eunice Arachnolord Active Member

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