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New large enclosure design

Discussion in 'Tegu Enclosures' started by Waters, Oct 16, 2018.

  1. Waters

    Waters Member

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    Starting another large lizard enclosure....this one for my new Tegu :) It is going to be 8' X 3.5' X 3.5'. Will be using some equipment from my last enclosure including a Mist King and UV with Arcadia bulbs. Will be run with an Apex controller, which currently runs my reef tank and Bearded Dragon enclosure. Need some opinions on what to do with the center cabinet? I was considering removing the doors and enclosing it with an acrylic door and using the whole cabinet as a hide, with a ramp leading down? Just not sure if I want (or need) the extra space as part of the enclosure. It would have to be completely sealed (I would probably use ceramic tile) and possibly have its own heat source. Seems like a lot of extra work. Any other ideas as to what to use it for? An underground lake ;)?? My original idea was to just store the water for the mister, and any other equipment I have but I have 8' of cabinet space.....I don't have that much equipment lol.

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    Made some progress......most of it structural inside. Also, a shot of Blue patiently awaiting his new enclosure............
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    Slowly making progress.......the canopy is coming together. Got the UV and heat lights....waiting on the night time heat lamps so I can place those before cutting the canopy room up and placing the wire mesh. Also purchased the larger storage container for the misting system which will fit in one of the cabinets.
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    Got a ton done this weekend.....pictures to follow if anybody is still following this thread lol.
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    Looking forward to seeing the finished enclosure.
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    Enclosure is finally (almost) complete :)

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    Came together nice. Tegu doesn't look to be complaining!
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    Thanks......it was hard not making it look more natural looking, which is how I normally design my cages. Figured I better go more towards ease of keeping it clean and doing normal maintenance tasks.
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    Final picture....removed the large ramp and plant.....added some Manzanita branches and some driftwood. Cage with two large ramps looked too unnatural for me. I will have to modify it as he gets bigger with a bigger driftwood ramp.

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    looks awesome.
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    Thank you :)
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    Ok I lied.....one more picture lol. Removed both ramps, added some driftwood, painted the swimming pool a semi-gloss brown (as well as sealed with silicone so water doesn't get behind and underneath it from the misters), and added a hide (since he kept using the small ramp as a hide). The hide is also constantly wet from the misters so it keeps the hide at a higher humidity.

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    Couple more pics with some minor changes :) Maybe at some point Blue will actually be out and in a pic....

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