View Full Version : Cheap & effective Enclosure - For newbies

12-07-2005, 08:55 AM
Hi All

There is a guy where I live who is able to make these enclosures to my specifications. Its cheap, looks good, safe & is PERFECTO. Please see diagram below - based on a 2 foot tank converted for those glass walking species like Oedura. Please note every side is made of glass, except half of 1 side & the lid which is made from peg board ( heavy wood with peg holes all over it. And on the lid you just have to drill a hole to fit the light bulb holder and then a mesh cage over the 40W globe (if you want to use a 40w globe). Total cost if you did it yourself disregarding labour $80 - $100. Who says reptile keeping is expensive, apart from the crickets etc its not. But if you breed your own crickets then its as cheap as chips. Remember once you recoupe the costs by breeding & selling juveniles for the cost of your original setup & species. You may actually start to have a nice little hobby business.

And in the process get others interested in your hobby and love of gecko's



12-07-2005, 10:33 PM
Finished result - what do you think??? Oh it was AUD$75.00 - USD$56. All I have to do now is attach the light to the inside of the lid - and paint the lid outside black.

Honest opinions appreciated, whether negative or positive as this is the first time I have had him make this style.



12-07-2005, 11:19 PM
I like the top, yet can't see the purpose or aesthetic benefit to the peg-board. They seem to be well made in his behalf.


12-08-2005, 12:07 AM
Cheers Tom

The alternative to peg board for ventilation is a metal or fine mesh which would add $150 to the price of $75.00 - making it $225. The peg boarding I agree it isn't as good looking as mesh - but still fits the purpose -its a thick peg board. I only peg boarded the top half of one side otherwise small to medium crickets might squeeze through the holes if I had made the whole side peg board. Once it is painted on the outside black it should look ok - also the inside is a natural wood look so geckos can climb it. I will post some more pics once substrate is added, branches & furniture(light etc) to show the final results.

Thats what I want honest opinions. I will not be offended at all.

12-08-2005, 08:05 AM
Hi Ari, Is the bulb going to be on the inside of the tank?

12-08-2005, 10:03 AM
Hi Justin

Yeh I have to drill a hole on one side of the lid to put ES globe holder in, which is ceramic, then screw in a 40w nocturnal globe, and put a mesh holder over the globe so geckos dont have direct contact with the globe. I endeavour to place a long branch in there so they have access to the heating - they can just go up and bask, also the lid is ventilated as hot air rises from the globe - and as its only a 40w globe it wont be too strong.