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Old 02-05-14, 08:04 PM   #391 (permalink)
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Well here's a few pictures of my enclosure. Substrate is 12 inches of peat moss, coco fiber, dirt, and sand and topped with live moss hides are full to the top with live moss. 6 basking spots 100-150. Hide on the floor of the cage and one on the top of the cage. I also have an order of Cork tubes coming in to add more hides in the cage. Also adding fake vines and plants for more cover.
Awesome. Is that cork on the walls or something else?
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Awesome. Is that cork on the walls or something else?
It's Coco fiber liner, made for growing plants on. It works great for the walls I don't like how cork tiles, they start to smell really foul in a humid enclosure.

First time using it, will see how it works and if I keep it on there or go with cork bark.
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BC, your cage looks great. Can't want to see it with the cork in there.
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It's Coco fiber liner, made for growing plants on. It works great for the walls I don't like how cork tiles, they start to smell really foul in a humid enclosure.

First time using it, will see how it works and if I keep it on there or go with cork bark.
Nice just coco fiber sheets? Do they hold well? What kind of epoxy/glue did you use?
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This works great... durable too

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This works great... durable too

what is the name of that? I've seen it in some arboreal enclosures before.
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Nice just coco fiber sheets? Do they hold well? What kind of epoxy/glue did you use?


I didn't glue it as I will need to remove possibly in 4-5 years from what I've seen. I used staples and stapled the sides and a few in the middle. Made sure they were very close and tight as so the monitors don't get caught in it. I have heard a few people have there monitors get there toes caught in the lattice, so that also was a worry of mine also. I was going to use it but I could only find lattice that was treated.

The coco fiber liner isn't cheap. But holds humidity and looks good. Humidity is staying constant in the enclosure and I am only spraying once in the morning and once at night. I left it for 2 days and opened it up and still got that smack in the face feeling of the high humidity and heat. I will be putting a few humidity gauges in there to make sure I can always monitor it.
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what is the name of that? I've seen it in some arboreal enclosures before.

This is called lattice. It's used for fencing and gates.
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I have heard a few people have there monitors get there toes caught in the lattice, so that also was a worry of mine also. I was going to use it but I could only find lattice that was treated.
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Hi, just for interest`s sake, treated timber is perfectly safe to use once it`s dried.
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Hi, just for interest`s sake, treated timber is perfectly safe to use once it`s dried.
Sure is.. My cage is completely framed with pressure treated wood, and the animals are fine.
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Been Spending a lot of time working on this giant lately. Building a 4'x8'x'4' cage for my Savannah Monitor. It will have 1/4" glass doors and 1/4" windows on each end with a HID metal halide and sulfur sodium light setup when its all done. I have had my guy in a 55gal tank and learned real fast how bad that was for him after reading a a lot on varanustalk. Its not cheap to build one of these and I am not even using pressure treated wood. I will be using the rubber roofing from RV's since I have access to a bunch of it for free.
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Hi guys, couple questions. Moving into a new place soon, so I want to have a brand new enclosure built for my V.A. microstictus - his current 8x4x6 was built by cutting a lot of corners and has somewhat dilapidated. I want to correct the errors I made last time.

-Substrate heating - my monitor has never had properly heated substrate and I'd like to add heating/thermostat specifically for the soil. Would the electric radiant floor heat systems work for this? I've been looking at the kits that hardware stores sell.

-Also, will that heating option work with the FRP lining I plan to use to seal the enclosure?

-I'm interested in building the enclosure 'modular' - by that I mean, I'd like to have several smaller pieces built that can fasten together using nuts/bolts/whatever so that it could potentially be broken down and moved more easily at a later date. is this feasible?

-My basement is carpeted. Is there anything to consider when putting a huge monitor enclosure on a carpeted floor?
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