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Old 11-13-2008, 03:03 PM
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I recently adopted a Tokay and golden gecko, along with a Cuban, Golden, and White's tree frog. The previous owner kept them all together in a 40 gallon breeder tank for a couple of years without problems. I would prefer to separate the geckos from the frogs ( the frogs can remain together for a bit as they are all currently the same size ). I have a 20 gallon octogonal tank that I would like to setup for the geckos. The problem is I have no lid. Originally I was going to use screen door material but then I realized the joints are only 90 degrees so they wont work. What are my other options? I was thinking to find a glass shop in the area that can cut two pieces of glass, with a hole in each, that I can then silicone to a joint but if I can't, would acrylic/plexiglass work? I dont need a UV light or a heat lamp but I do want a small CF lamp over it for the plants.
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I have always used polycarbonate (lexan) for my lids with great success. You can cut and drill very easy and use acrylic hinges. If you have a local plactic shop, you can tell them the dementions and where you would like holes and they can cut for you.
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If its that easy ( and I can buy it at Loews or HD ? ) I might as well try it myself. Thanks.
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You'll have better luck going to a specialized plastic shop. I think Lowe's only carries acrylic sheets, which are thin and will warp on you.
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You'll have better luck going to a specialized plastic shop. I think Lowe's only carries acrylic sheets, which are thin and will warp on you.
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Both lowes and hd around here carry lexan, however it is very thin. I believe it was only 1/16" or 1/8". But it wouldn't be very good. I bought mine off of ebay. I got 1 big piece and one long thin piece (both 1/4" thich), for less than $20 shipped, which is also cheaper than the lowes/hd stuff.
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I have seen screen tops for octagonal tanks made with vinyl screen and velcro. I used the idea to make a top for a small odd shaped tank that I have (in the photos). I used ribbon for the frame since it is flexible, and material glue (found at any craft store that is waterproof), and self adhesive velcro around the top of the tank. You can also use hot glue to attach the velcro to the tank if you don't get the self adhesive type. It's pretty easy to make.
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Can you give me some more details on you made screen top?
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I tried to make step by step instructions and attach, hopefully it works and you understand it.
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I tried to make step by step instructions and attach, hopefully it works and you understand it.
Wow! Nice job. Very detailed. Although I don't have a hex myself, that is very valuable information. +1 for you.
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Wow! Nice job. Very detailed. Although I don't have a hex myself, that is very valuable information. +1 for you.
Thanks, I am a Structural steel designer/ drafter and do drawings like this for a living so it was pretty easy for me to throw together, only im normally working at a larger scale. And I forgot to add, make sure that you get the washable material glue so that it is waterproof.
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THanks for the instructions. For this application I dont think that would be suitable though - too risky that crickets and/or geckos would slip through any gaps I accidentally leave. I'm going to see if I can get a piece of lexan cut for me at a decent price locally. Otherwise I'm out of ideas.
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Scratch that. I just called a local place and you have to buy by the 4x8' sheet which costs $104 for a 1/4" sheet. I'm going to see if I can do something with eggrate and screen. Oh and I made a mistake - its a hexagon not an octogan.
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There's a guy near my place who cuts glass for me at a good rate. I can get him to quote something for you when you visit if you get me the dimensions you want for a glass top?
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THanks for the instructions. For this application I dont think that would be suitable though - too risky that crickets and/or geckos would slip through any gaps I accidentally leave. I'm going to see if I can get a piece of lexan cut for me at a decent price locally. Otherwise I'm out of ideas.
It is more sucure than you think. There actually is a commercially sold version of this that i got the idea from: Tera-Rep, that looks more secure than mine, but mine does hold in the tiny house geckos that just hatched a few days ago, and it would hold crickets.
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