Flooding plants

Discussion in 'Enclosures And Supplies' started by Mortyrose, Oct 12, 2018.

  1. Mortyrose

    Mortyrose New Member

    Hey guys,

    I'm trying to finalize my drip system in my tank. Right now there are 5 lines running to various places in the tank and I have them set to drop about 1 drop per second. I've only been filling the bucket (zoo med big dripper) up about 2/3 of the way and it will drop for 4ish hours. Each of the lines is over one of my live plants. My issue is all the excess water. I have the plants sitting in tubs with rock to let the water drain out, but the containers are getting super full. I dont want to flood out the plants.

    Would the cham be okay if I run the dripper for a shorter amount of time? Maybe do shorter but more often? I still plan to do a full tank spray down at least twice a day.

    I can't drill out the bottom of the tank to put in a drainage that way, so I'm kind of stuck keeping everything in tank.


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  2. ERKleRose

    ERKleRose Chameleon Enthusiast

    Drill holes in the bottom of the containers. The rocks allow the water to pass through, but the water needs somewhere to go or else it'll build up.
  3. Mortyrose

    Mortyrose New Member

    Right, but then I'll have water all over the bottom of the enclosure, which I have no way to drain out.

    I guess my question is, how long/ frequently will my cham need the drip system running each day?
  4. ERKleRose

    ERKleRose Chameleon Enthusiast

    Are you misting? Make/get a drainage system for the water to drain to. Maybe take some dripper tubing, make a hole slighter smaller than the tubing in the bottom of the pots and bottom of the cage, attach the tubing, and lead it to a bucket underneath the cage.
  5. Brodybreaux25

    Brodybreaux25 Chameleon Enthusiast

    Why not reduce the drip rate from 1per second to something around 1 every 5 seconds? The plants get the same amount of water, the Cham has access to the drops over a longer time period, sounds line a win/win to me...
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  6. Mortyrose

    Mortyrose New Member

    That's what I was wondering. Thanks. It seems like the standard/required rate is one drop per second, so I wasn't sure if it would be okay to do it slower. I'll try that once the plants dry out a little.
  7. ERKleRose

    ERKleRose Chameleon Enthusiast

    Are you misting?
  8. Mortyrose

    Mortyrose New Member

    I plan to mist 3 times a day. I don't actually have my cham yet. I want to get all the bugs worked out first.
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  9. Brodybreaux25

    Brodybreaux25 Chameleon Enthusiast

    I don’t think there is a correct rate, just do what works for you.

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