Building your own Expanded PVC Enclosed Chamber – For Beginners

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Just a thought, but I checked and the PVC paneling is available in your area. 99 Sutton Avenue, Oxford, MA 01540. Two 8x4' panels would run you around $140, and you could build a 12sq ft closed chamber designed specifically for tortoises. Also, the enclosure you posted has no barrier from the glass tracking and where the substrate would go.
I saw this at home depot...is this what you were talking about?
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Veranda...Reversible-PVC-Trim-Sheet-H190AWS13/206822526
 

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Can I use a flourescent fixture from home depot and put a reptisun 10.0 in for a uvb light (baby sulcata) or must it be a reptile specific (zoomed) fixture? Recommendations of flourescent fixtures?
 

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Can I use a flourescent fixture from home depot and put a reptisun 10.0 in for a uvb light (baby sulcata) or must it be a reptile specific (zoomed) fixture? Recommendations of flourescent fixtures?

I recommend posting your questions about building your own tank in a new thread. This thread is a sticky and you are going to get a larger amount of responses if you post in a new thread as more people will see your posts. Make sure to give an introduction with what you are trying to achieve, your skills etc...
 

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Thanks again to @Sterant for this build tutorial. 80% of the way there. Once the top/aluminum tracking is secure I'll be looking for a glass cutting shop near me.

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@Sterant Someone mentioned using "annealed glass" instead of tempered glass. Have you heard/used that type of glass before in any of your setups?
 

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Thanks again to @Sterant for this build tutorial. 80% of the way there. Once the top/aluminum tracking is secure I'll be looking for a glass cutting shop near me.

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@Sterant Someone mentioned using "annealed glass" instead of tempered glass. Have you heard/used that type of glass before in any of your setups?
Looks great. Glad you found this post valuable. I have never used annealed glass and I have no experience with it. Mine all have tempered glass just in case something breaks it, I don’t have shards of glass around.
 

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@Kapidolo Farms @Sterant how deep would I need to have it in order to house adult indian stars in, deep enough fir bark for them to be able to lay eggs inside of.

I am planning on building a three 4×8 section enclosure shaped like a C. I am not sure how I can maintain enough structural integrity along the outside of the enclosure. The top C shape is what I am going for. I want to know if I can get away with 12- 14 in litter guard or do I need 18 in?
 

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@Kapidolo Farms @Sterant how deep would I need to have it in order to house adult indian stars in, deep enough fir bark for them to be able to lay eggs inside of.

I am planning on building a three 4×8 section enclosure shaped like a C. I am not sure how I can maintain enough structural integrity along the outside of the enclosure. The top C shape is what I am going for. I want to know if I can get away with 12- 14 in litter guard or do I need 18 in?
If memory serves indian star nest about 6" deep. I would think a 14" litter guard would be fine. 7" of substrate and 7" of additional height seems fine. Assuming you will have doors above that so they can't fall out if they happen to climb up? Someone else correct me if Indian stars go deeper.
 

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Hey first off just wanted to say thanks, this is a really nice guide!
Also wanted to add an idea of using a strip of maybe .5inx.5in piece of the epvc, or something similar, to all of the joints instead of silicone. Silicone is known in the use of pvc trim for construction applications of windows to be a poor choice, because it lacks the ability to bind/ make a lasting seal on the smooth surfaces. I'm sure it would work temporarily but if your tort digs, or as you move around substrate or pots etc. it may come off. I think the use of another strip of epvc that lies directly at the corner seem may be enough to make a good seal (it would also add some structural integrity). The glue that is supposed to be used with this material actually welds it together by almost melting the surface. I understand not trusting just a single edge but I think If this extra strip is added there would be no need to worry and would add to the builds life span. @Sterant
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@Sterant I am planning to build a 4 tank tower later this week but had a question. There is a roughly .5" gap between the tracking/glass depending on the track furthest from the litter dam.

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I am thinking of ways to seal the gap a bit and still allow the glass to move and came up with door/window pile edging like the one in the link below.


Have you ever thought about ways to better seal the enclosure side that has the furthest glass piece resting at its edge?
 

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I am working on building one of these for my Redfoot. I was just wondering where you found the light fixture? I currently have 2 sets of dome lights, but I would like to consolidate to one large fixture like in the pic of your enclosure. Thanks :)
 
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