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new enclosure for Isabela

Postby Marnix Hoekstra » Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:54 pm

Hi all,

The new enclosure is mostly finished now. As I have mentioned before, Duncan, my male grandis, had become very aggressive to Isabela, and the only option was to separate them immediately. Since there was some urgency involved, we had to build a tank that could be put into use in an early stage of construction. We have also taken the feedback on the other enclosure into consideration.

The new tank is made of spruce wood, MDF (medium-density fibre board) and triplex:
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Here, too, safety first: 8)
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One side of the tank:
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The result of one day of carpentry:
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Every corner is marked and then the tank is taken apart. (It can't be transported to my house in one piece.)
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The tank is covered with pond liner (not in the picture) and can contain 650 liters (172 gallons) of water. It is now inhabitable.

But we're not there yet. There is a lot more to be done.

This is going to be the land area:
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To be continued.....

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Re: new enclosure for Isabela

Postby Philip » Sat Feb 16, 2008 12:26 am

Your design looks promising. Maybe you should quit your job at the university and become a carpenter instead :mrgreen:


And regarding the land area: I was wondering how you’re going to keep it dry inside a 170 gal tank??

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Re: new enclosure for Isabela

Postby brownslider » Sun Feb 17, 2008 9:43 pm

Hey Marnix,
Great setup. I like good old-fashioned woodworking. Isabella is one lucky turtle.
With a wooden aquarium I'd be worried about leakage though. 172 gallons is a lot of water.
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Re: new enclosure for Isabela

Postby DHemby » Tue Apr 15, 2008 7:29 pm

How is the set up going? I would love to see some finished pics. I know she is going to be super happy in there.

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Re: new enclosure for Isabela

Postby Marnix Hoekstra » Tue Apr 15, 2008 7:32 pm

I'll be working on it next week :wink:

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Re: new enclosure for Isabela

Postby Marnix Hoekstra » Thu May 22, 2008 5:42 pm

A quick update:
This is the inside of the enclosure. The wooden constructions will be covered with pond liner, and then decorated with sand, rocks and plants.
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This is me casting a shadow on the panels for a water tank. This is recycled left-over wood. 8)
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And the bottom plate:
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This box will be covered (on the inside) with acrylic glass to make a water tank. 8)
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Re: new enclosure for Isabela

Postby Marnix Hoekstra » Thu Jul 10, 2008 9:55 pm

and another update :)
the water tank:
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with acrylic glass:
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close-up:
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