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Lee
Yearling

United Kingdom
522 Posts

Posted - 26/08/2013 :  23:23:02  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well I went to Ikea and bought;

Billy Bookcase + doors
Hemnes small glass shelves

I bought the track, vents etc from Vivbits on Ebay and some strip wood, plastic right angle and glues etc from B&Q.

It still needs completing with the backgrounds and decor but this is it so far. Total build cost is about 140. There will be 4 vivs 80cm long and two shelves, all the wires will be at the back with the stats on the bottom shelf. I will be making a second set in the next month to go alongside as i will need 8 vivs in total.

I bought the bookcase with doors as I have heard a rumor, now this may or may not be true, it's hard for me to say this and I don't want to upset anyone. Here goes......some people.........don't seem......to like............snakes! There I said it! I know it's shocking right? The doors mean I can close the lot up when such people visit and it just looks like a regular unit. More pics will follow when it's complete with all 4 vivs.








1.2.4 Corn Snakes - Carolina, 2 x Bloodred het Lavender, Amel, Snow, Anery and Carolina.
0.0.1 Cali King - Ziggy - escaped!!
RIP Princess x

Edited by - a33272 on 03/09/2013 08:45:19

serena_08
Yearling

United Kingdom
784 Posts

Posted - 27/08/2013 :  07:58:47  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I like [:-)]

1.0.0 Corn: D-Bo (Amel)
1.0.0 Western Hognose: C*ntyB*ll*cks
0.1.0 MBK: Rosa
0.0.1 Leopard Gecko: Zuko
0.0.1 Bearded Dragon: Kobe
0.0.1 Fire Bellied Toad: Snoop
1.1.0 Cats: Penny and Sheldon
1.0.0 Staffy: MooMoo


I intend to live forever. So far, so good.
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SilverWings
Yearling

United Kingdom
740 Posts

Posted - 27/08/2013 :  10:49:38  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
How thick is the glass you bought? Had a look on the website, doesn't seem to say :/

2.2.3 Corn snakes; Red, Rosie, Liana, Checkers, Luna, Diego, Snowman
1.0 Taiwanese Beauty Snake; Aleron
1.0 Green Anoles; Doug
1.0 Greyhound; Lee
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Lee
Yearling

United Kingdom
522 Posts

Posted - 27/08/2013 :  13:49:51  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It's 6mm so you need to use the 6mm track, the stuff I got has the little raised bit along the track which makes it run smoothly, fit's perfectly with a very small gap between the sheets, quite heavy as well so no chance of being pushed open but a snake.

1.2.4 Corn Snakes - Carolina, 2 x Bloodred het Lavender, Amel, Snow, Anery and Carolina.
0.0.1 Cali King - Ziggy - escaped!!
RIP Princess x

Edited by - Lee on 27/08/2013 13:50:34
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Welshlamb
Yearling

United Kingdom
711 Posts

Posted - 27/08/2013 :  18:52:09  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Lee,

Good Job, what was the name of the unit? what glass did you choose and what are the vivarium sizes?

Cheers
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Lee
Yearling

United Kingdom
522 Posts

Posted - 27/08/2013 :  19:17:44  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The bookcase is the basic Billy 35 and the glass doors are the 44cm shelves from the Hemnes range, 5 each. I chose to have 4 smaller vivs as I have young smaller snakes, each one is 80cm wide x 30cm high x 28cm deep, you can make them much higher but would need extra wood to 'fill' the gap before you fit the glass doors or make double deck ones I suppose by putting a hole in the shelf. I put extra pins in the back of all the wooden shelves to make it a little more sturdy and fastened them in place with the sealant, all around, so it won't be a major hassle to change the layout at a later date.

1.2.4 Corn Snakes - Carolina, 2 x Bloodred het Lavender, Amel, Snow, Anery and Carolina.
0.0.1 Cali King - Ziggy - escaped!!
RIP Princess x

Edited by - Lee on 27/08/2013 19:19:32
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ScaryVonHayleystine
Sub Adult

United Kingdom
1773 Posts

Posted - 27/08/2013 :  21:40:11  Show Profile  Visit ScaryVonHayleystine's Homepage  Click to see ScaryVonHayleystine's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Very nice :)

Albino Addiction ... <3
0.1.0 - Creamsicle Cornsnake (Mo)
1.0.0 - Bubblegum Snow Corn (Gabriel)
1.0.0 - Lavendar 100% Het Hypo Corn (Ezra)
1.0.0 - Bairds Rat Snake (Lazarus)
0.0.1 - Crested Gecko (Pan)
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mjpeters
Sub Adult

United Kingdom
1539 Posts

Posted - 27/08/2013 :  22:27:56  Show Profile  Click to see mjpeters's MSN Messenger address  Send mjpeters a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Love it
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Lee
Yearling

United Kingdom
522 Posts

Posted - 27/08/2013 :  23:21:05  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you all, some more bits arriving in the next few days so should be complete by the end of the week. More pics to follow.

1.2.4 Corn Snakes - Carolina, 2 x Bloodred het Lavender, Amel, Snow, Anery and Carolina.
0.0.1 Cali King - Ziggy - escaped!!
RIP Princess x
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scottishbluebird
it is all my fault

United Kingdom
8403 Posts

Posted - 05/09/2013 :  01:38:26  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Really brilliant


0.1.0 Corn - Kellogs
1.0.0 Hognose - Storm
0.1.0 Staffy - Lyla
1.0.0 Spaffy(staffy x springer)-Spyro
1.0.0 Ferret - Peanut R.I.P
0.1.0 Crestie - Fudge. Wish List - Pygmy hedgehog. Tropiocolotes
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Lee
Yearling

United Kingdom
522 Posts

Posted - 05/09/2013 :  15:42:47  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you, all four vivs are complete apart from I need the glass for the bottom 2, all wiring is gone, backgrounds are on, vents all in and doors on. I'll post some final pics when I get the glass doors in.

1.2.4 Corn Snakes - Carolina, 2 x Bloodred het Lavender, Amel, Snow, Anery and Carolina.
0.0.1 Cali King - Ziggy - escaped!!
RIP Princess x
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smart bunny
Fully Grown Corn

United Kingdom
5091 Posts

Posted - 05/09/2013 :  20:54:46  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wow, some people are SOOOO much more creative than me lol!

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mjpeters
Sub Adult

United Kingdom
1539 Posts

Posted - 05/09/2013 :  23:22:37  Show Profile  Click to see mjpeters's MSN Messenger address  Send mjpeters a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Very,very nice-love the idea of the door to protect the snakey's from foolish non snake friendly folks
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Jenny.Elizabeth
Snake Mite

United Kingdom
4 Posts

Posted - 06/09/2013 :  12:58:47  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wow! That's amazing! My partners a joiner might have to smile nicely and get him to make me one! what a good idea!!
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Lee
Yearling

United Kingdom
522 Posts

Posted - 06/09/2013 :  17:15:52  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
all that for less than 150 can't go wrong!

1.2.4 Corn Snakes - Carolina, 2 x Bloodred het Lavender, Amel, Snow, Anery and Carolina.
0.0.1 Cali King - Ziggy - escaped!!
RIP Princess x
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Welshlamb
Yearling

United Kingdom
711 Posts

Posted - 14/09/2013 :  10:12:52  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You've done a brilliant job there Lee.
Please do not take this the wrong way, but how do you manage with substrate? As there looks like there is only a small depth, where as on traditional vivarium's there is a few inches of wood then the glass runners.

Just in-case I decide to use your idea for future vivarium's
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Lee
Yearling

United Kingdom
522 Posts

Posted - 15/09/2013 :  17:10:26  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It's not as deep as a normal obviously but there is a wooden strip under the runner to raise it, the whole thing is then hidden by a white plastic right angle. The substrate at the front is not very deep and does fall into the runners if the snakes push it that way, but I just blow it out back into the viv when I close the doors. If I made another I would put the runner on a slightly bigger strip of wood to make it deeper. I prefer the look of it how it is though.

1.2.4 Corn Snakes - Carolina, 2 x Bloodred het Lavender, Amel, Snow, Anery and Carolina.
0.0.1 Cali King - Ziggy - escaped!!
RIP Princess x
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Welshlamb
Yearling

United Kingdom
711 Posts

Posted - 17/09/2013 :  09:24:35  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Lee

It's not as deep as a normal obviously but there is a wooden strip under the runner to raise it, the whole thing is then hidden by a white plastic right angle. The substrate at the front is not very deep and does fall into the runners if the snakes push it that way, but I just blow it out back into the viv when I close the doors. If I made another I would put the runner on a slightly bigger strip of wood to make it deeper. I prefer the look of it how it is though.



It's a fab looking vivarium
Do the doors work ?
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Lee
Yearling

United Kingdom
522 Posts

Posted - 17/09/2013 :  09:43:18  Show Profile  Reply with Quote




1.2.4 Corn Snakes - Carolina, 2 x Bloodred het Lavender, Amel, Snow, Anery and Carolina.
0.0.1 Cali King - Ziggy - escaped!!
RIP Princess x

Edited by - Kellog on 07/01/2014 11:06:38
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Lee
Yearling

United Kingdom
522 Posts

Posted - 17/09/2013 :  09:46:12  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I don't keep the doors on and closed, only if I need the vivs concealing! They live slotted in at the side against the wall, but when they are on as you can see they are semi-transparent so light does get it.

1.2.4 Corn Snakes - Carolina, 2 x Bloodred het Lavender, Amel, Snow, Anery and Carolina.
0.0.1 Cali King - Ziggy - escaped!!
RIP Princess x
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Moppet
Fully Grown Corn

United Kingdom
3315 Posts

Posted - 17/09/2013 :  15:31:45  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It looks great

2.4.0 Corn snakes
1.0.0 horse
0.1.0 Golden retriever
1.4.0 Guinea pigs
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