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RE: Rescued Iguana (Unintentionally)

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Posted by: BWD at Wed Feb 4 13:49:35 2009  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by BWD ]  
   

Thank you for the reply!

I have a temp gun for measuring water temps in my aquariums, which works for the iguana set up too. At night, the temperature ranges from 76 degrees in the cool area, to 81 degrees in the warm area near the heating element. During the day, the cool area is around 84 degrees, and the rest of the tank ranges from 85 to 95, with a basking area of 98 degrees. Humidity is near 75% at night to 95% during the day. Should I aim for higher humidity at night as well?

I'm going to start planning out, and possibly starting his new enclosure this weekend. Once he grows a bit, I realize that he is going to have trouble moving between temperature ranges in such a small tank.

I have been looking at different iguana set-up designs online, and trying to combine the positives from each when I build the enclosure. I have quite a bit of experience designing and building marine aquarium set-ups, plumbing, etc... so I'm thinking of incorporating some type of water feature and/or spray-bar to keep the humidity high. (will be a challenge to maintain humidity in a large enclosure otherwise) I know Iguanas can produce quite a bit of waste, so I need to come up with something very effective to maintain clean water, and make water changes easy at the same time. I'm leaning towards converting a large rubbermaid trash container into a canister filter, and plumbing a drain, and return pump into the bottom of the enclosure. I'll post some pics once i come up with a design instead of trying to explain everything.

The vet did say that the swelling was most likely caused by MBD. In your experience, how long does it take for this to be corrected when given a good food/lighting/environment in less severe cases?

Thank you again for your reply, and I really appreciate the help!


   

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