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Discussion in 'Water Dragons' started by Hawkundead, Jul 27, 2013.

  1. Hawkundead

    Hawkundead Active Member

    Hi, I am going to be getting a CWD soon and I currently have a size 20 long aquarium, I wanted to know what size should I eventually upgrade to?
     
  2. AParkin

    AParkin Elite Member

    You need an enclosure around 6ft tall, 4ft long, and 4ft deep. A 20 gallon long is not large enough even for a young dragon. These animals need tons of room, and become easily stressed in enclosures that are too small. Stress can cause refusal to eat, sickness, injury, and even death if a dragon is not housed properly. There are lots of nice lizards out there that are smaller that would do great in a 20 gallon long, so you may want to choose a little guy for that, and custom build for your dragon. :)
     
  3. Hawkundead

    Hawkundead Active Member

    I plan to do a custom build for my dragon but I don't know what materials to use, I was thinking to use plywood and plexiglass.
     
  4. AParkin

    AParkin Elite Member

    That's what most people do. Make sure you water-seal all the wood that you use. And be sure to give the sealant time to cure and air out so you don't have toxic fumes in the enclosure. Its best to have the enclosure built and completely set up before you get the dragon. I wish I had done it that way, it would have saved a lot of headache.
     
  5. Hawkundead

    Hawkundead Active Member

    That's the deal I made with my mom, I buy everything and she will buy the lizard.
     
  6. Thalatte

    Thalatte Elite Member

    Then you should work on getting the custom cage first.
    Here's a tip: if you can get the cage and lighting set up perfectly before you get the CWD it will save you alot of money in vet bills.
    CWDs are fragile and alot of their health issues are from poor husbandry either through neglect or ignorance.
     
  7. Hawkundead

    Hawkundead Active Member

    That sounds like a great plan so I guess I have no choice but to follow through with it as soon as I get a job lol.
     
  8. Hawkundead

    Hawkundead Active Member

    What kind of UVB bulb should I get for a 6'x4'x4' cage?
     
  9. Thalatte

    Thalatte Elite Member

    Arcadia 12% high output. Atleast the 36in ones. Best price I have found is Light Your Reptiles
     
  10. Hawkundead

    Hawkundead Active Member

    I'll look into it, I've been doing some planning for a huge enclosure it's going to be 4'x4'x6' it's going to have a sturdy and weight supporting base made from wood with the inside lined. (I don't know what with yet) The top will be made mostly of screen so not as much Uvb is blocked and I haven't really thought of the inside much beside the fact of my 20 gallon long will end up being a pool for him. I plan to save up for the 36" uvb light as well for the top.
     
  11. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Instead of plexiglas, go with real glass. Plexi scratches too easily.
    Which will make it a nightmare to control heat and humidity.
     
  12. Hawkundead

    Hawkundead Active Member

    Okay thanks that sounds like a good idea and what do you suggest rather than the screen.
     
  13. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Make the cage a big enclosed box.
     
  14. Hawkundead

    Hawkundead Active Member

    Then how will there be air circulation?
     
  15. Thalatte

    Thalatte Elite Member

  16. Hawkundead

    Hawkundead Active Member

    Okay It sounds like a plan so I will just open the cage when I switch the lights and spray the cage for the humidity.
     
  17. Thalatte

    Thalatte Elite Member

    Well and to feed and clean the cage. Honestly you don't need to go out of your way to leave the doors open or anything. The time it takes you to feed, water, clean, and pet (you know your gonna) is plenty of time for air circulation and you should be doing these things at least twice a day.
     
  18. Hawkundead

    Hawkundead Active Member

    That's what I figured. This gonna take a while. D:
     

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