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Building custom enclosure: 2 questions

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Posted by: gregory_t at Tue Jan 13 14:49:37 2009  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by gregory_t ]  
   

Regarding 3/4" versus 1/2", are you going with 1/2" just because of the weight issue? You said you were stacking cages, so I assume you would want to reduce the weight of the cages as much as possible. However, I am going with 3/4" because I think it'll be more sturdy. I don't plan on stacking enclosures, and once it's in place, I don't plan on moving it for years (until or unless I move).

Regarding the depth-so-you-can-clean issue--I was thinking about creating a removable floor tray type of thing so that I can easily remove it when necessary to clean.

In regards to the lights--I'm figuring on two meg rays (one 100 watt, the other 160 watt) for my 6 foot wide enclosure. Is this correct? Also, roughly where would they be placed? At either end? At what width apart? Also, is there any need for a long strip florescent light?

My reason for placing them outside the enclosure is purely aesthetics. I want them out of the way (which I can easily do, and plan on doing with a canopy top above the enclosure). When I look inside the enclosure, I want it to look as natural as possible, so I dislike seeing lights inside the enclosure. That's my only reason.

In regards to substrate: My plan was to use a combination. Since my Uro is still a baby (7 months old), I am still using thin reptile carpet. In the new enclosure since it's going to be so nice and big, I figured I could use a combination of millet and the carpet. Your thoughts on that?


   

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