I'm looking to fill the space behind my betta rack. I was originally going to opt for growing dwarf plants and mosses, but I decided it would be a bit boring. Instead, I'd rather keep a scorpion, a beetle, a tarantula, possibly frogs or shield shrimps. I need to make four of these tanks.
To save on costs, only one side (the front) needs to be transparent, but All 5 panels of whatever material I may use can be transparent. I have no experience with glass, but I am willing to try. What are some materials I could use to construct these tanks? They will be housing terrestrial (for now) invertebrates that could potentially climb. How hard is it to make a hinged or sliding lid?
Here are some pics of the space behind my bettas (bottom row):
The dimensions are:
18cm x 12cm x 14cm (Width times Depth times Height)
This is the maximum dimensions as it barely even leaves room for me to slip my fingers in to get the container out. (Maybe I will incorporate a tow string or a pull ring into the design)
Basically I need advice on how to contruct 4 glass containers (preferably waterproof, because I may keep killies in the future)
List of things you might want to generously tell me:
1. Suggested materials (glass, arcrylic,
2. How to join the 4 sides and the bottom materials together
3. Should I go for making a lid, or just cover the top?
If I use these containers for terrestrial animals exclusively (with soil), can I use corrugated Polypropylene sheets like these, joined together with silicone and a front panel of glass/acrylic?
An afterthought: is clay or cement safe? I could use it to make 3 sides and a bottom then put a glass pane up front...