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New Custom CWD Enclosure

Discussion in 'General Construction' started by Ace10, Oct 26, 2013.

  1. Ace10

    Ace10 Active Member

    hay guys just a quick update yes i am still working on it hopfully i will finish before i die here is where i am at at the moment
     

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  2. murrindindi

    murrindindi Elite Member

    Hi, it`s looking o.k so far, I too hope it gets finished before you (and the lizard) die...... If not, it was a nice try, anyway...... ;)
     
  3. Ace10

    Ace10 Active Member

    Just got back from the Reptile Expo and got me a couple of branches here they are in the enclosure i will be adding a couple of bamboo rods as well

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    Why is my pics always show sideways ?
     

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  4. Thalatte

    Thalatte Elite Member

    Because you took it with your phone in a sideways orientation? Thats usually the reason mine is that way.
     
  5. Ace10

    Ace10 Active Member

    just a quick update started decorating today also glass doors coming in tomorrow straight from the factory it took 10 days to have them made because i ordered tempered glass it ran me $300 for both plates and $45 for the aluminum track the price was more expensive than i thought but what the **** my little guy deserve the best
     

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  6. Ace10

    Ace10 Active Member

    and here is the guy who made me do all this lol
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  7. Ace10

    Ace10 Active Member

    Hello everyone

    i was wondering whats the best option to add a light for the live plants that i will be putting in there, i do have a 30" hood that i used for uvb can i mount it on top with a plant growth bulb ? do plants need light from a specific distance like reptiles and uvb ? and any suggestions on which bulb i should use ?

    thank you very much for your help

    Ace
     
  8. Thalatte

    Thalatte Elite Member

    That would work if you can find a plant bulb in the long tube variety. All the bulbs I have found are the screw end ones which is fine as you can then us it for the basking bulb as well.
    I dont think they need the light from any specifiic distance nor is there any particular brand I can recommend as I just grab whatever ones I can find.
     
  9. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    The simplest thing is a two tube fixture with one cool white and one warm white fluorescent tube. Plants need light primarily in the red and blue spectrum. That's why gro-lights are purple. The issue with gro-lights is they are costly and they do not put out that much illumination.
    As far as distance, the lights need to be pretty close to the plants as the light intensity drops off the further away they are. When I was growing indoor Bonsai I kept the lights about 6 inches from the top of the plants.
     
  10. Ace10

    Ace10 Active Member

    Ok thx for the help guys
     
  11. Ace10

    Ace10 Active Member

    hi guys here is the finished pictures i will add a more detailed pics later but i thought i would throw these in for now
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    and i have a quick question the bottom of the cage is too cold on top its between 85-82 but on the substrate its 68 what should i do to rise the heat my heat source is a 150w ceramic heat emitter

    thanx for your help
     
  12. Thalatte

    Thalatte Elite Member

    Whats the surface temperature of your basking spot?
     
  13. Ace10

    Ace10 Active Member

    Hi Thalatte thanks for replying

    the basking spot is 95-98F i have a 50W flood light on a dimmer oh and if you have experience with this when the lights came on this morning the flood light didnt because its turned down too much i had to turn it up with the dimmer then turn it back down to the desired point how can i fix this ? i was going to change the bulb to my old basking light that i was using in his 40 gal tank

    thanks for the help
     
  14. Thalatte

    Thalatte Elite Member

    With your basking temperatures so high (it should be between 90-94F) I wouldnt look at adding any more lights to the top. Instead you will need to look to add a heating element in the bottom of the cage. Such as a heatpad on a thermostat, radiant heat panel may be a bit overkill but could work, Or bringing a low wattage bulb down low.
     
  15. Ace10

    Ace10 Active Member

    I like the heatpad idea but how do i place it ? under the supstrate or just stick it on the wall which i dont like by the way

    Thanks for the help
     
  16. Thalatte

    Thalatte Elite Member

    Under the substrate is fine. Maybe in some area thats covered in bushes to act as a warm hide for him.
     
  17. OEW

    OEW Elite Member

    That looks nice! Where did you get those wooden dowels running horizontally and what kind of wood are they? Do you find that the dragon can walk easily on them with the rope?
     
  18. Ace10

    Ace10 Active Member

    Hi OEM

    thank you. they are Bamboo Rods 2" i think and yes the rope helps a lot he does have difficulty gripping on them without the rope
     
  19. Ace10

    Ace10 Active Member

    ok thank you what do you think of heating cable running under the substrate would that help ?
     
  20. Ace10

    Ace10 Active Member

    Ok the cage has ben running for a week now and everything seems ok except the humidity level i cant keep the humidity level stable what im using is a mistking misting system which goes on every 4 hours for 2 minutes and i have a humidifier which is running 24/7 just to keep the humidity around 65-70 it goes up to 90% right after misting but it goes down very quickly to 40-50% i think its the sliding doors opening maybe i dont know anyone with a similar enclosure can give me some solutions i would be very appreciated

    thank you
     

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