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    I love threads like this! I am a very crafty diy-type person, so I cannot wait to have an excuse to make up some enclosures like this. If only I had the room!
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    This looks so much better than any of mine! You did an amazing job! Thanks for posting!!!!
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    That looks so great! I read the instructions and still think I couldn't do it though because I'm a moron with DIY stuff. Sucks too because I have like five unused ten gallons.

    What is a screen making kit?

    If you need anything explained better, please let me know. I'm way more of a visual person than a writer, hence all the pictures. However, I can explain more if needed. I like DIY for everyone.

    A screen making kit basically has all the parts you need to make a window screen. They sell them next to rolls of screen in the hardware store.

    Thanks again everyone! Enjoy!

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    Oh good to know! I'll look into getting the supplies and then if I have any questions I'll let you know. Some of my old ten gallons were used for hamsters so the rims are a little chewed? Will this effect anything?
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    It should be okay if they're a little chewed. Everything gets glued down w/ silicon. If you have a really rough edge maybe sand the hard points down a bit and then seal it up extra w/ the silicon.

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    I'm very glad to have found this thread, the end result looks absolutely amazing and you leave a great amount of detail on how it is to be done. I will be trying this method out in a month or so on a bigger scale - on a 3ft length by 2ft tall, 1 ft wide tank that I will be turning vertical (making it 3ft tall). I'm quite excited about this and will for sure be posting pictures to show my progress, wish me luck and thank you for making this thread!!

    My only question is how do you find your ventilation is with just the top screened area? Should I look at making mine bigger and making the door smaller since mine is on such a larger scale or is it fine the way it is?!

    Thanks a lot!!
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    You know, I'm not actually sure. I made the tank for a fun experiment and for a place to let a baby I held back this year grow up a bit. However, he's still too tiny to put in there, so he's still in his baby tub. I haven't actually put anything in it yet. If you want, you can make the whole door a screen too. It would be a little hard to see into the cage, but it also eliminates the need to cut up a big piece of plexi.

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    What kind of paint did you use to paint the great stuff? Awesome job by the way. Ron
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    Acrylic craft paint. It's super cheap and is carried in all craft stores.

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    Thanx for the quick reply, ron
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    isopod colony 3.5 Emperor scorpions 2.5 c. vitattus scorpions
    4.6.1 crested geckos 1.1 halmahera geckos 0.0.3 leopard geckos
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