Good Designs For a drainage system?

Discussion in 'Enclosures And Supplies' started by bechsgaard, Oct 12, 2011.

  1. bechsgaard

    bechsgaard New Member

    Hello, I need designs for a drainage system that isnt expensive and does take up too much space for both a light 16"X16"X22" screen cage and a wooden screen cage thats about 30 lbs, and is 2 feetX2feetX6Feet tall. Thanks :D
  2. Meow Kitty

    Meow Kitty New Member

    i personally have a pan with some soil in it that streches the length of the cage i prompted it so it would be sloped then i have a tube that runs into a tub under the cage. very simple. bring a mini mesuring tape to the dollar store and mesure out one close enough if tuppleware and boom!! cut it a bit
  3. KatiLemons

    KatiLemons Established Member

    This system cost about 15 bucks at lowes for the pvc and it was super easy to make. That is a 4x2x2 cage but you could have them cut the pvc to any size. Just drill some holes in the bottom and put a tote under for the drainage. Hope this helped!
  4. CoLoRcHaNgEr13

    CoLoRcHaNgEr13 Established Member

    I like your idea very simple and effective.
  5. KatiLemons

    KatiLemons Established Member

    Thanks! I actually got the idea from a forum member, I think it was veiledcham. :D
  6. mbondy

    mbondy New Member

    I drilled 4 little holes in my cage (I've an 18x18x36). It really depends how your plants are placed but basically I drilled two holes under my plants (my plants sit in those plastic cups fit to them) and two holes in the middle of the cage where most of my water accumulated.

    Lift the cage up a few inches (you can put some wood blocks underneath your cage at each corner) and just put a pan underneath your cages to catch the water. It's really simple just doesn't sound like it!
  7. Supergirl

    Supergirl New Member

    Here's my drainage... drilled small holes on the floor and placed on top of shelving unit with rubbermaid container underneath. The shelving unit was $30 at Kmart.


    #8 Supergirl, Oct 13, 2011
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  8. Garrett

    Garrett Chameleon Enthusiast

    Both of these designs work very well, especially for cleaning.
    The screen cage fits on the sink without the cage bottom, can easily be scrubbed and cleaned without making a mess.

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  9. amanda509

    amanda509 New Member

    i dont have a cage yet, but i will be building one. my idea is to have a screen bottom topped with turf carpet and have a catch pan underneath, tada! for a potted plant, just set on the turf without a saucer, the water will drain right into the catch pan..
  10. dmscats

    dmscats New Member

    I have never heard of a drainage system before. And I have done a lot odd research, obviously not enough. Is this something u have to have? I can't imagine putting a hole on the bottom of the cage and lifting it omitted its side every day and tipping it out, or putting the cage on the side. I assume the newspaper paper will get soaked every day and get soaked and cleaned out everyday? I just have heard if such a thing.
  11. Mjdwicinski

    Mjdwicinski Member

    I have a totally screen cage. I made essentially a stand with no top slightly bigger than my cage all the way around. Took some plastic from lowes or Home Depot .6 mil I think. Stapled the plastic on the top of the stand with excess hanging in the middle. Then cut a hole in the plastic mounted a shower drain with 2 inch outlet in hole which will pull all the water to the center to drain into a 5 gallon bucket underneath. Across the top of that I ran 5-6 PVC pieces across. So now I can sit my cage onto that. I have support for my plants and great drainage. Also room for my 5 gal. bucket for my mist king. I used the plastic window treatment stuff you can get a any home goods store ( Home Depot lowes wal-mart) double sided tape around three side of each side of the cage put plastic over that and tighten like shrink wrap with a hair dryer. Leave the bottom untaped for ventilation. So wish I could post pics from my iPhone.
  12. rummbo

    rummbo New Member

    Thanks for both Supergirl and Garrett. I found all of your solutions aesthetically pleasing, functional and minimal mess. I just bought me a shelving unit just like Supergirls and my outdoor set up is now complete. For my indoor set up, I am going to implement Garrett's idea with the sink. Perfect for smaller space. Just brilliant! Thanks guys.
  13. addicks

    addicks Member

    where did you purchase the shelves?
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  14. Phimuhammad206

    Phimuhammad206 New Member

    What size are the holes that you drilled?

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