Re: Pictures of the cage
Posted by captbob on 8/18/2015, 12:22 am, in reply to "Re: Pictures of the cage"
Alright, nice job! That's a good looking enclosure, and it's obvious that a lot of time and effort went into your build. |
You didn't mention the size of your iguana. Maybe you have in a previous thread, but I don't know.
Regardless, my initial thought would be that the shelves are too narrow. And probably too slick (smooth) to give your ig any traction. I'll get back to that.
The fogger you are using for a humidifier is little league trying to play in a professional stadium. I'd recommend returning it if you can and if not, packing it away for some future project.
You are going to want a warm mist humidifier. Vicks and Holmes make nice models.
I use TWO of these in a similar sized enclosure and can achieve outstanding humidity levels even at the upper levels and in high temperatures.
Either can run all day without adding water and will shut off if the water is used up. They release a very warm steam, so must be "caged" so your iguana can't get to it. They also add heat to the lower level of your enclosure.
This is a "cage" that I made for my enclosure using the closet shelving (it's a metal with a rubberized coating on it) that is sold at the big box stores - Home Depot & Lowes.
Have them cut it to size for you at the store!!!
They also sell little rubber caps to cover the ends of any cut shelving.
Held together with small wire ties. You will notice there is quite a bit of room in the "cage" above the humidifier. That's in case the iguana gets on top it is far enough above the humidifier to not get burned (scalded).
In the enclosure. I have two units in there now. In the same "cage".
Water tub (cat litter pan) in floor was a huge waste of time. He NEVER uses it.
My next suggestion would be to cover the vent(s) at the top of your side walls. You are letting all the heat (and humidity) out. Maybe you will need to experiment with that, but I doubt you will need those vents.
You may notice mesh vents lower down in my enclosure. They have been covered up. Allowed way too much air in.
I would also remove the wire covers you have on the lights. They are just asking for trouble. If you iguana is large enough to jump that high, the wire is something that he/she could grab on to or get caught in. The bare bulb allows no hold IF he can make it that high.
Your wrote: "The lamp on the left is a Mega-Ray 160W, the other two bulbs are 75W halogen..."
That's one heck of a lot of wattage! It ought to be about nine hundred degrees up there. Doubt you will need all that if you close off those vents.
Where is the CHE located? I think that's it right inside the doors up top?
I would move that to the middle of the back row of lights and only have it on at night.
Oh, don't worry about running the humidifier at night.
The floor looks great. Easy to clean! If you haven't, you may want to chalk around the perimeter to keep pee or spilled water from seeping in between the floor and walls. May even want to consider a "speed bump" (maybe a piece of half round molding?) in front of the door to keep any liquids from escaping onto your house flooring.
Again, you've done a fantastic job, and I'm sure your ig is going to feel like he won the iguana lottery!
Now, my personal recommendations. Please don't be offended.
I would change out the shelving to the closet shelving stuff I mentioned earlier. It's wider and your ig won't slip off of it. Put towels on the shelves. Iguanas prefer soft to hard. Trust me on that on or stick around and others may chime in. Get enough cheap towels that you will only need to do a laundry load a couple times a week!
Give your ig a bath every morning in warm water and he will poop in the tub helping to keep the enclosure cleaner.
I would also put a second CHE (heat emitter) down lower and make darn sure that the ig can't get to it.
If you live anywhere that it gets cold in the winter, you are going to need more night time heat. Maybe not so much in the summer.
heat rises (duh!) and you have all your heating sources at the top of your enclosure.
Here's a pic of part of my enclosure to give you an idea of what I am talking about.
The lower black dome fixture in the back is a CHE for night time heat. Or was... Mr. Ted sleeps elsewhere now at night.
Like in the living room on his own shelf. NOT spoiled!
Yes, there is an iguana under there somewhere.
Hope all this helped a bit. I always like to see other builds so I can get new ideas. I'm sure your ig will love his/her new home!
Happy to help, if I can, should you have other questions.