Perhaps, you should point out the problems with the setup. I'm sure if you made a concise presentation to your teacher he would be accomodating. The odds are that he just doesn't know any better. You could even provide a list of things it needs and volunteer to set up the enclosure, you never know might be good for some bonus points. Keep us posted on how you make out with it.
Common sense, the least common of all senses
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