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Old 07-15-2018, 04:01 PM
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Is glass lids okay to increase humidity? I read a few threads that advice against glass lids due to elevated temps due to prevention of evaporation. What is recommended for a first time owner of dart frog and exp Terra glass lids or no glass lid


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Old 07-15-2018, 04:59 PM
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You need a mostly enclosed vivarium to hold humidity, but also ventilated well enough for adequate air exchange. Your top should be about 85% glass & 15% screen. (Pumilo has a great DIY thread on making your custom screen top- it's cheap and easy). Make the screen first, fit it in to place, then measure to get your glass cut. You'll also want to incorporate a fan, preferably inside the vivarium (so you'll need another hole in the glass for that), set-up to run intermittently. If you use a fan to force ambient air in, like I do, you run the risk of making frog jerky, and so you overcompensate by misting more frequently, and it's a bit problematic for your plants that don't want wet leaves all the time.
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You need a mostly enclosed vivarium to hold humidity, but also ventilated well enough for adequate air exchange. Your top should be about 85% glass & 15% screen. (Pumilo has a great DIY thread on making your custom screen top- it's cheap and easy). Make the screen first, fit it in to place, then measure to get your glass cut. You'll also want to incorporate a fan, preferably inside the vivarium (so you'll need another hole in the glass for that), set-up to run intermittently. If you use a fan to force ambient air in, like I do, you run the risk of making frog jerky, and so you overcompensate by misting more frequently, and it's a bit problematic for your plants that don't want wet leaves all the time.


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You can find a local glass shop to make you a 2” screen and fill the rest of your top dimensions to fit inside.

I just picked one up today for a 9x11” piece of glass and a 2x11” screen cut and built to fit was $10. This siliconed into a 12x12x18 zoomed top perfectly (after cutting out screen top tabs)
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Here's pumilo's thread:

https://www.dendroboard.com/forum/pa...ction-how.html

I go a bit lower tech and I just leave a gap at the back by having the glass cut short by 2 or 3 inches. I then use hot glue to cover the gap with screen/no-seeum mesh. It has worked great for me. Silicone is an option, but it doesn't stick to plastic very well, so it's more risky. You can then cover varying amount of this vent area with plastic wrap at different times of the year to make sure humidity is where you want it to be.

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Here's pumilo's thread:



https://www.dendroboard.com/forum/pa...ction-how.html



I go a bit lower tech and I just leave a gap at the back by having the glass cut short by 2 or 3 inches. I then use hot glue to cover the gap with screen/no-seeum mesh. It has worked great for me. Silicone is an option, but it doesn't stick to plastic very well, so it's more risky. You can then cover varying amount of this vent area with plastic wrap at different times of the year to make sure humidity is where you want it to be.



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I did find good information on that thread thank you!
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I ended up using acrylic to easily make holes for ventilation.
So I have a question what type of hole size is good to prevent fruit flies to escape from the top?

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Be ready that the acrilic will worp on you.
With different temps and humidity it will big time.
You have to glue it in place permitly or frogs and flies will escape.
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Be ready that the acrilic will worp on you.
With different temps and humidity it will big time.
You have to glue it in place permitly or frogs and flies will escape.
I forgot about worping due to temperatures and humidity. ☠️
What you mean glue it permitly? Do you mean add bracing?
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If you glue it to the top frame of the tank it won’t worp as much.
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If you glue it to the top frame of the tank it won’t worp as much.



Decided to go with glass and screen
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Wise move. And you can still drill holes in the glass if you need to. I just made a couple of these myself and drilled two holes in each top.

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Wise move. And you can still drill holes in the glass if you need to. I just made a couple of these myself and drilled two holes in each top.



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Yes I am going to drill them once I get tired of manually misting. But for the mean time I'm going to enjoy those most.
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