I bought a glass lid for my vivarium and I noticed a lot of people said you needed a screen vent is it essential? and if so how is the easiest and cheapest way to make one? Thanks in advance
Where in nature do you see any animals living in a completely stagnant environment? Screen vents can improve the health and well-being of your frogs and plants. In addition they make the viv smell cleaner. 1/3 of your viv is an awfully big vent. Go smaller but try it. I'll bet you don't go back. You can also consider an "in viv" circulation fan in addition to a vent. http://www.dendroboard.com/forum/parts-construction/66545-internal-air-circulation.htmlYou dont need one at all. Having an all glass lid is fine. Opening the lid for feeding and misting gives enough air exchange. From personal experiences, i started out with a plexi glass and screen vent. It was 2/3rd plexi and 1/3rd screen. I noticed that i would have to frequently mist;therefore, i switched to an all glass lid. Its perfect IMO; it gives it maximum humidity. Now if you want a vent with your glass lid all you gotta do is go to home depot or lowes. Get a build your own screen kit. Get your glass cut at a local glass shop depeding how big of a screen you want. Build the screen silicone to the rim of the tank and lay down your glass.
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It benefits everything imo. Cools the tank down a few degrees if it's to hot for the frogs (this means they are out in the open more), and for some species of plants makes a noticeable different in health. Take a look at this polka dot plant in the picture. The ruffled unhealthy leaves were growth before I added my fans. The new leaves are growth after the fans were installed and turned on. Notice the vibrance of the pink, before and after also.
Where in nature do you see any animals living in a completely stagnant environment? Screen vents can improve the health and well-being of your frogs and plants. In addition they make the viv smell cleaner. 1/3 of your viv is an awfully big vent. Go smaller but try it. I'll bet you don't go back. You can also consider an "in viv" circulation fan in addition to a vent. http://www.dendroboard.com/forum/parts-construction/66545-internal-air-circulation.html
Definitely! In my how to guide, we are using hollow aluminum screen frames (the industry standard in window screens). They are VERY lightweight and can be easily pushed aside by a curious frog.Now once you have everything cut and ready to put on the tank. Do you silicone the vent onto the rim?
I just spent 4 hours on buidling the screen, getting my glass cut again and siliconing. Wow. A day spent well on frogs. lolDefinitely! In my how to guide, we are using hollow aluminum screen frames (the industry standard in window screens). They are VERY lightweight and can be easily pushed aside by a curious frog.
My glass lid kept the temperature between 68 to 80 degrees. The temperature in my tank with the glass lid did fluctuate as much as if there was a vent. Humidity varied from 93% to 99%. Now as you can see i added a 3 inch vent. Which should be definitely fine IMO. As far as having a fan, i did buy two computer fans with two wires and hooking them up would be a pain. When i had my previous lid which consisted of 1/3rd screen and 2/3rds plexiglass. I barely saw any of my frogs. The humidty with that lid stay above 80% and during misting it when up 95% and lasted couple hours. Once i put it in my glass lid, my frogs became more active. I was able to see my leucs. After a couple readings and pumilio, i decided to add a vent to my glass tank.It definitely isn't normal for any animal to experience a constant temperature and humidity. Vents allow for temperature and humidity fluctuation. How much fluctuation can be controlled with the size of the screen. Plants and frogs need airflow, as well as wet and dry periods.
We shouldn't be striving for such a controlled and stagnant environment. It's not natural.
You mean an internal circulation system right? Not circulation forced through the screen.I use a 2" vent on each of my tanks along with an air circulation system. My humidity stays at 95%+ and I never have condensation on the door.
Seems like a win win win scenario.