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RE: Misting/drip system

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Posted by: Carlton at Mon Jan 5 11:54:45 2009  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Carlton ]  
   

Don't bother with a waterfall. They are hard to keep clean, won't raise the cage humidity much, and most chams won't use them for drinking water. If you have one cage, a full blown misting system won't really be necessary unless you live in a bone dry climate. If you plan to have multiple cages, a misting system will be less work. I find what works best for me is the combination of an ultrasonic humidifier rigged with pvc pipe attached to the spout and aiming the fog into the cage along with hand spraying. The humidifier cycled on a multiple setting lamp timer will keep the cage more humid when I am not there, and the daily spraying provides direct drinking water by droplet on foliage. Not all chams will go to a dripper to drink, and drippers won't raise the cage humidity. I would suggest setting the cage up with everything you have, start misting it as if the cham is there, and start watching the cage humidity with a gauge. Based on the species you are going to keep (montane or not) you can get an idea how humid you want the cage to be and what may be necessary to achieve it. Take in to consideration how you heat or cool your house, your local climate, cage size, amount of live foliage, etc.


   

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