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Heating Open Air Screen Cage

Discussion in 'Heating' started by docdubz, Feb 14, 2013.

  1. docdubz

    docdubz Member

    Im thinking about building a new vivarium it will basically be a 30 gallon glass fish tank with an open air screen cage on top of it for the land part. Would heat lamps provide adequate heat for this land area if the room temperature in my house drops to about 50*F on the occasional very cold winter nights?
     
  2. chawk

    chawk Banned User

    it depends on what animal your keeping in it. As for anything that needs humidity and heat screen top needs to be closed in
     
  3. docdubz

    docdubz Member

    I was thinking of keeping a couple anoles. I have 2 monsoon rs400's that I will use with it so Im not too worried about humidity
     
  4. murrindindi

    murrindindi Elite Member

    Hi, as already stated you need a solid top, the idea is to provide a selfcontained space inside the fish tank. You may as well keep them in the room itself because that`s where most of the heat and humidity will go with a screen lid.
     
  5. AdamL8

    AdamL8 Elite Member

    Don't actually keep them in the room, That was sarcasm!
     
  6. murrindindi

    murrindindi Elite Member

    No, I was being ironic.... ;) But I agree, DO NOT keep them in the room itself, they MUST be in a suitable enclosure!
     
  7. docdubz

    docdubz Member

    Thats what I thought.. I was hoping I could save a good deal of money by using mesh for the land area. $40 a sheet for 4'x2' which I would need 7 of them... is kind of a deal breaker for my current situation. thanks for the info though.
     
  8. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    For what? I get 3/4 inch cabinet grade plywood for $40 a 4x8 sheet!
     
  9. docdubz

    docdubz Member

    sorry should have specified, the best price ive been able to find is $40 for a 4'x 2' acrylic sheet. Can you even use plywood in a paludarium type set up? I would imagine the water feature and humidity would rot/warp the wood pretty quickly.
     
  10. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Thats why you seal the wood with Polycrylic.
     
  11. docdubz

    docdubz Member

    ok cool Ill check that stuff out
     

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