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Building custom enclosure: 2 questions

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Posted by: rtl402 at Tue Jan 13 16:14:52 2009  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by rtl402 ]  
   

I would avoid the reptile carpet, Uro's can get long nails and it could get stuck in the carpet. I would go with half tile half paper towel for now, then you can replace the paper towel half with sand or millet later.

as for thickness, 1/2" is fine, there is a user on another forum with enclosures stacked 3 high using all 1/2" oak ply.

Im not so sure you would want a sliding floor, it will cause more of a mess with loose substrate, and the weight would be excessive if it slides out too far. I think simpler would be better.

As for lights in/out.. what you could do is similar to what im doing inside. The total height is 24", however the glass will only be 16-18" in height. So you can have a few inches blocking the view of the lights. You could always go taller and mount the lights inside and have the bulb itself blocked by the front wood, thus not seeing the physical light.

You will have to mess with the temps.. I couldnt tell you for certain, but I think the 160w may be overpowering. Right now my 160w sits ~16.5" above the basking surface (glass tank) and gets the slate to 108F by itself. You will have to mess with bulbs to obtain proper temps.


   

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