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    So I managed to get some new front opening tanks and am looking to build a nice shelving unit for me geckos now. I've got a 40 gallon breeder with screen top that is hinged in the middle so I can get into the tank. I've got a 12x12x18 front opening and an 18x18x12 front opening. I'm planning on having storage for the bottom 1-2 feet of the unit. Any hints/tips/tricks you've got would be welcome. I'm hoping to get a start on it this weekend if possible.

    My current debate is how to lay things out. I have 3 ideas (in no particular order):

    1. bottom = storage, middle = 40 gal, top = other 2
    2. bottom = storage, middle = other 2, top = 40 gal
    3. bottom = storage, left = 40 gal, right = other 2 (with shelf so one is above the other)

    My 40 gallon will require quite a bit of extra space above it since I have to be able to open the screen top. The other 2 don't really need much space above since they don't have heat lamps and have front openings. The first 2 options end up being about 3-4 feet wide and 5-6 feet tall. The 3 option is 5-6 feet wide and 4-5 feet tall. I think I'm leaning more towards the 3rd option right now. I think I'll also make a shelf in the empty space above the 40 gallon but the shelf will only be about half of the depth. That should give me a bit more storage while still allowing me to open the screen top easily. I've never build anything on this scale (I tend to do doll house sized builds) but my father-in-law is going to help me.

    Any thoughts you've got are welcome.

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    First off let me just say that this sounds pretty cool, and I'd love to see how it turns out! Second, the only advice I'd have to offer is to measure everything correctly, be prepared to make adjustments, and be ready for the time and effort. I make chinchilla cages on occasion and I often find that it's really tough and time consuming, but with dedication and commitment, you can make yourself a really nice animal enclosure. Good luck and have fun on this awesome project
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    My father in law, who's helping me, is an engineer. So I'm sure everything is going to be very precise.

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