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#1 CLAWS

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Posted 16 February 2006 - 11:46 AM

Snappy's 400gal tank setup:

A.) Sub-structure:
Large blocks were use to elevate the tank 12" to allow for a good siphon flow for the two canister filters. The top of the water will be 11.75" above the filters. Total weight of water(200gal), tank and accessories is approx. 1840 lbs. (115 lbs. per block) 16 block total.
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1/2" pressed wood was used to distribute the weight evenly and topped with plastic as a vapor barrier.
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B.) Log-jam:
The Log-jam was built to simulate a natural snapper environment. 1/2" pressed wood, 18" deep, was used for the base, which was strapped to the tank.
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The logs were placed for a natural looking setting, including props. (front log was strapped the remaining were secured with finish-nails)
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C.) Basking Platform:
The weight chamber was constructed using the bottom of a cat litter box. Holes were drilled for water flow and 12lbs. of flagstone was placed inside. The chamber was strapped to the bottom of the platform using aluminium straps and nylon bolts (rust proof).
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The basking platform used was a plastic foot rest. The legs and sides were modified for height and clearance.
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D.) Turtle Room:
The front wall was constructed of pressed 1/2" wood including the door.
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The turtle room, located in the basm't, is approx. 13' X 13' with styrofoam insulation on the outer walls.
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Hope you enjoyed this series, part 2 of 3 this Sunday :)

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Posted 16 February 2006 - 01:14 PM

Wow, wonder if my landlord would allow me to do that :o , looking great [:clap] can't wait for the other parts.

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Posted 16 February 2006 - 01:19 PM

Wow- what a great post CLAWS! I'm so impressed! I can totally see the engineer in you! Now- even the layman can do it with your help! :)

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Posted 16 February 2006 - 01:57 PM

CLAWS,
Thatís so cool; I like the log-Jam. Thanks for sharing all this; I am sure it will be helpful to others in all sorts of ways. I look forward to seeing the next parts.

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Posted 16 February 2006 - 03:41 PM

Good job!
Can't wait to see the next part!

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Posted 16 February 2006 - 04:58 PM

It looks really good

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Posted 17 February 2006 - 05:21 AM

[icon_smile_shock.gif [shades] Holy moly that is something else. I love the natural look and that parrot adds that and color dimension too it. I'm very impressed Claws!!!! Snappy should be one very happy trooper in there. [:kewl]

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Posted 17 February 2006 - 06:40 AM

That is unbelievable. Looking forward to seeing the next set of pics! :)

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Posted 17 February 2006 - 09:02 AM

Ones of the best indoors I have ever seen what kind of snapper gets to live their.

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Posted 17 February 2006 - 09:04 PM

Thanks everyone for the very nice encouraging comments. Glad you all like it so far. :D

HerpO'Haulic, snappy is a common snapper, just over 11" scl.

Don't miss part 2 of 3 this Sunday only here on "Turtle Times".

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Posted 18 February 2006 - 04:56 AM

We can't wait Claws!

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Posted 18 February 2006 - 12:15 PM

Very Nice!! Thanx for sharin!! :) :D

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Posted 19 February 2006 - 11:29 AM

Woah Cool setup man! ;)

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Posted 20 February 2006 - 08:57 PM

Just an awesome set-up Claws :D . People will be using this for ideas for there own set-ups for a long time to come, it's that good.

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Posted 23 February 2006 - 11:08 PM

Thanks everyone and Dan I really appreciate your kind word. Glad you all enjoyed.

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Posted 08 September 2006 - 04:07 PM

So Cool! I think I have to look for a house now (with a basement ofcourse!) :P

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Posted 08 September 2006 - 09:04 PM

So Cool! I think I have to look for a house now (with a basement ofcourse!) :P


Yes, a basm't is definately a plus. The turtle room is setup right next to my sump pump wells, so I can conveniently siphon my tank right in the sump well. I don't have to worry about spills with the concrete floor. Although, with the large volume of water I did have to install a dehumidifier. Now no drippy water pipes from the humidity. ;)

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Posted 24 April 2010 - 08:15 PM

That is nice.! congrats!

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Posted 25 April 2010 - 11:18 PM

Thanks. In addition I would no longer recommend a metal tank. I've experienced too many leaks from rusting the last couple years. A good quality poly-tank would be my choice.




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