by, May 2nd, 2012 at 12:15 AM (814 Views)
Hi my name is Seth. My wife, Rachel, and I run a company called BioVivara (short for biotype vivariums). Weíve been making custom vivaria since 2008.
Iíve been keeping herps on and off for over 20 years but being in the Army meant putting off a lot of what I wanted to do in the hobby. But being in the Army did have one upside for my love of animal enclosures: I discovered the dart frog hobby in Belgium while stationed with NATO. I had never seen vivariums like these! It looked like they had recreated a rainforest and set it in their living room. I was hooked.
When I got back to the States I couldnít find anything to compare as far as design and function. I started making my own vivariums by retrofitting aquariums, then recreating what I saw in Belgium, the Euro Type vivarium. But, all the enclosures I created never felt quite right. They didnít have the level of control I wanted.
So, I began doing more research, breaking down vivarium construction theory to the very basics. Then, I started developing prototypes that would have the level of control I was looking for, along with the beauty and simplicity of the European designs. My father was impressed enough with my work that he gave me free rein in his fabrication shop and Biovivara was born.
A couple of weeks ago, we created a Kickstarter campaign to help us take our designs to the next level. Kickstarter is a crowdfunding platform where we can pre-sell our vivariums and use the funds to purchase the equipment we need and materials in bulk. We started by sharing my simplest design, the Miniature Orchid Desktop Vivarium. But when we started getting questions about whether dart frogs could be kept in them, we decided to add the larger vivariums that I specifically designed for darts.
At this stage, Iíd like to invite the dart frog community to check out what Iíve designed and let me know what you think. Because our business model is designed around developing the best solutions for the dart frog community, we welcome your feedback! Iíve been disappointed that no company has yet made a vivarium specifically for dart frog hobbyists and I hope that our solution will more than meet your hopes and expectations.
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