My First Cham Setup

Nrupaw

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I finished building out my Cham enclosure this weekend. First time doing it. Took me quite of few weeks of braing storming, reading the forum posts, and getting items together. Its up and running now so I will keep an eye on things for a week or so and if everything looks good and no issues, then I will actively start looking for a Jacksons' Chameleon!!! :D

What do you guys think? Did I miss anything or anything major you folks would want me to change/watch out for? :confused:

Couple points from my end

  • The biggest thing i want to do was to not have anything touch the floor of the enclosure. that will help me clean out any water build up from misting etc.
  • My enclosure for Dubias and Crickets is kinda a work in progress. Going with Kricket Keepers because I don't intend on keeping more than 30-40 crickets in there at a time. Yet as a fail safe (i can't have escapees), I have the Kricket Keeper inside a plastic tub with screen mesh glued to the side and top to facilitate airflow. I also have mesh to the top of the Kricket Keeper (in place of the plastic viewing window) for more air flow in there. For the Dubias, its a similar setup, except i have a peice of cloth wedged between the tub and lid because they need more darkness. Have Rephasy Bug Burger for both feeders + other gutloads of course. For silkworms I tried to follow the idea couple of members mentions on the forums i.e. upside down plastic box with base cut out, plastic mesh placed on wodden dowels and the lid of the box being removable to get rid of the fras. I tried doing that 2 times but both times my projects failed. so I opted to get a screen tray from the store and it fits pretty well into this plastic bin. Hopefully the fras falls thru the mesh and into the bottom the bin for easy cleaning.
  • Created a home made feeding cup out of a plastic bottle. Saw pics of it on the forum (thanks to whoever put that on!)
  • Did a pretty nifty thing for the basking spot. Have it in the top left corner and managed to bend the vines to make it a 3 level spot. Hopes are that if the Cham gets too hot, it can move a level below to a more comfortable temp
  • Center plant is a real Pothos in organic soil, with the leaves washed. Have some plastic vines attached to the left and right screen in the hopes that they will hold humidity in. In anycase I have plastic shower liner and double sided velcros ready to go to cover sides of the cage incase humidity is an issue
  • Made a self standing stand using PVC pipes and joints. that holds the weight of the clamp lamps. even the vibration that the Mistking's pipes are felt only by the stand. since its not attached to the cage or stand below no vibrations are transferred
  • I know there is a water bowl at the bottom of the cage but it was only there because i was mucking around with the nozzle of the mistking and it was there to collect the leaking water.
  • Used a metal coat hanger twisted over a thin PVC pipe to hang my Pothos plant off. Again, got that idea from one of the member galleries on the forum
 

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Nrupaw

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More pictures

More pictures.

  • Feeder Cup/Bottle with mesh glued on it
  • Vines, & Pothos. Used zip ties to hold things up. tired the fish line idea but failed at it horribly
  • MistKing (the thing's awesome!)
  • Coat Hanger twisted around a pvc pipe to hold the plant. the PVC pipe is slight longer than the cage so that way, the weight of the plant and pot falls on the fame and not the mesh.
 

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Nrupaw

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More pictures

  • Kricket Keeper. I replaced the plastic viewing window on the lid with plastic mesh for more air movement. doesn't reflect it in this picture though
  • Container for silkworms
  • Silkworms go int he metal mesh tray, fras should fall down into the bin which can be easily cleaned

Its late sunday, so I am off to bed. But will reply to any questions tomorrow afternoon or something
 

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laurie

Retired Moderator
It looks like you have done a great job. I like the PVC to hold the hose. I do see my cages get some vibration from the hoses.
If you have humidity issues, add a couple more lice plants. It is also good you are ready with a plastic liner to wrap part of the cage. I have had to do that on all of mine.

Now all that is left isa good picture of your cham.:)
 

Nrupaw

Member
It looks like you have done a great job. I like the PVC to hold the hose. I do see my cages get some vibration from the hoses.
If you have humidity issues, add a couple more lice plants. It is also good you are ready with a plastic liner to wrap part of the cage. I have had to do that on all of mine.

Now all that is left isa good picture of your cham.:)

Thanks Laurie.vwill look into lice plants. Have never heard of them before actually.
 

Wykd

Established Member
nice setup~

I would put a screen over the water dish and make sure those coat hangers will not rust, the water/humidity will rust them quick. Oh and the cricket feeder.... did you cut a hole in the bottom and put a screen over it also? If not the crickets can drown from misting.
 

Nrupaw

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Thanks folks!

It looks like you have done a great job. I like the PVC to hold the hose. I do see my cages get some vibration from the hoses.
If you have humidity issues, add a couple more lice plants. It is also good you are ready with a plastic liner to wrap part of the cage. I have had to do that on all of mine.

Now all that is left is a good picture of your cham.:)
Probably a typo for 'live'. It looks wonderful, you've gone all out! You will make a wonderful chameleon keeper!

ah. "Live" makes a lot more sense than "Lice" :rolleyes:
 

Nrupaw

Member
nice setup~

I would put a screen over the water dish and make sure those coat hangers will not rust, the water/humidity will rust them quick. Oh and the cricket feeder.... did you cut a hole in the bottom and put a screen over it also? If not the crickets can drown from misting.

@Wykd; The water dish (at the bottom in the picture) is actually out, i only had it in there because i was playing around with the mistking nozzle and the ZipValue wasn't properly fixed, so I put the dish in there to collect drops of water temporarily

For the cricket feeder/bottle, yup i do have 4 tiny holes in each corner of it so as to drain any water that might collect. didn't need to put a screen on it because the holes are very small and i don't think i will be getting any circkets that are that small. So far I haven't seen any of the spray from the mistking reach the bottom of the feeder. seems to be relatively dry.

Coat hanger: Didn't know about the rust issue :mad: did not take it into account when i was planning out the build. Might have to change the hanger if rust gets to it. any ideas to get around it? i.e. to avoid rust.
 

blackened

New Member
Don't have any good ideas yet for the coat hanger "issue", but I wanted to say I really like your enclosure :) job's a good un
 

Nrupaw

Member
Don't have any good ideas yet for the coat hanger "issue", but I wanted to say I really like your enclosure :) job's a good un
@blackened: Thanks!

use string to hang your plants. thats what i did
@camimom: I did try the fishing line technique to hang the plant but it didn't work too good. the hanger technique seemed easier but didn't account of it rusting down the line.
 

camimom

New Member
thats why i didnt use fishing line. lol

I used twine.


if you hang it, and train yourpothos, you can make it grow up the string to hide it from view.
 

Wykd

Established Member
I have used the fishing line with success. I got the 50lb test line @ walmart and doubled it up so it had 100lb strength and held a large pothos fine until i took it down. Also the thin fishing line worked good because it fits thru the screen top no problem.
 

Nrupaw

Member
thats why i didnt use fishing line. lol

I used twine.


if you hang it, and train yourpothos, you can make it grow up the string to hide it from view.
I do like the idea of vines growing up the string. does anyone have a photo of this setup? I am a visual person. photos usually help me more than written instructions :)

I think the strength of the fishing line might have been an issue. I had picked a simple one up from Target vs a specialty store. I did have a hard tying knots to it though.
 
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