Originally Posted by pagepirate
i know they need ventilation, couldn't i just mount a small fan above tank?...i also currently own a bearded dragon that i'm thinking of returning to the store and getting a chameleon instead...leaning towards a veiled or panther.
opinions? i plan to purchase a waterfall to create running water....would like a lizard that i can handle on occasion.
If you want to handle your pet I'd stick with the beardie. Most chams don't want to be handled. Even if they don't get aggressive with you they still don't like it. There are more mellow individuals however.
A 55 gal fish tank isn't a great situation for any chameleon because of the dimensions and orientation of the tank unless you stand the tank on one end so its taller than it is wide. They just don't offer very much room for live potted plants and are pretty restrictive for an arboreal species of that size.
Waterfalls in glass tanks would create a lot of issues for the chameleon and require a lot of daily cleaning and fussing for drainage. Doesn't sound like a good setup for any cham IMHO.
Before you try this I'd do some reading on this forum under basic cham husbandry and habitat setups. I think you'll see that you would be better off with a different approach from the start.