Snake enclosure/s build!

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  1. hunterschamps

    hunterschamps Active Member

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    Hi guys and gals,

    Knocked up a couple of cabinets out of melamine on the weekend, just wanting some suggestions as to what light fittings/type of lights and heating i should have?

    Do i just use normal globes? Should i use uv lamps?

    The enclosures are 900x600x600 and will be stacked on top of a cabinet.

    The enclosures will house murray darling carpet pythons.

    Will be installing small front vents and sliding glass doors. Kitty litter will be my substrate for the time being and have hides/branches ect. [​IMG]

    Cheers in advance !

    Paul
     
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    Nice job, just out of curiosity, because I'm thinking about building on or two and I understand if you don't want to say, but how much did it cost in materials to build those?
     
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    Cost me roughly $110 for the 2 cabinets, with the strips to make it look neat. Gotta add some vents today/tomorrow.

    Just curious as to what heating/lighting i should be using. As ive only ever had a glass tank with heat mat and ceramic bulb setup.
     
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    I think it all comes down to personal preference - I prefer heat panel / LED combo. ProHerp make some really nice heat panels if your interested. If not there's a few DIY threads floating around to make your own that work really well. All depends on what you want in your enclosure :)
     
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    Holy cow, thats cheap as...!!! What did you use to stick it all together, glue? Looks really neat
     
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    Glued and screwed. Proper cabinet making melamine too, not cheapo bunnings stuff.
     
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    You could go with a ceramic fitting in each with a heat light or heat emmitter. I routed out a channel in mine for a heat cord which I then put a tile over the top of. Since you have already done the construction you could go with heat lights or as skitz has said heat panels an LED lighting. I used LED downlights for lighting 2. http://www.aussiepythons.com/forum/diy-zone-5392/3fter-201034/page/2
     
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    Nice job, looks good.
     
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    Might go for a led downlight idea.. and just use heat cord.. How well does yours retain heat? Mine is in the house, but we have a very cold house..
     
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    i don't really think there is a difference between bunnings melamine and any other melamine except for HMR which is only high moisture resistance so there is no difference to any other place unless your leaving it in the rain.?
     
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    Oh wow, that's really good. Might need look around for some. Strips? They go on the edges?
     
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    Look into the DIY section...
    I've added costs, sizes, designs, images etc. etc. [​IMG]
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    Ive always had a preference for proper cabinet making stuff, got a mate who is a cabinet maker who wont touch the bunnings material as its harder to work with, they use different glue to bond the materials which make it more vunerable to moisture and also splitting. Ive seen it used plenty of times with no problems, but i'd rather pay the $4 extra a sheet and get the right stuff.
     
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    Got the glass and slides today, aswell as locks and vents. Just placed an order with reptiles direct for heat cords, globes/cages and some substrate aswell as a few hides!
     
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    I just use "daylight" compact fluros with a infra red heat globe and heat mat.
    Although both of mine get sunlight so that helps em a bit too, I also have night time blue bulbs.

    Dont know if that helps but the fluros dont add heat so their good lighting and they let you set up your heating as needed.
     
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    Been leaning towards just some strip LEDS for display lighting, have infra red bulbs for heat and some heat cords ordered also.. Shall see how it holds heat once its set up
     
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    And some finger grips for the glass - Shop | Virides
     
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    Just got some, all clear for $0.90 on ebay (incl. delivery)


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    These would just be rectangular pieces of acrylic?

    Our products cost as such due to the low volumes we get produced, made in Australia from local businesses. They are also laser cut which is not cheap but necessary to achieve the appearance. We also use very high bonding industrial adhesives as we want these to last.

    We understand that our prices compared to such items on eBay are high, but the reasoning is justified. Ultimately we want to make them cheaper and we always look for ways to achieve this.
     
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