Soaker hose for vines

Discussion in 'Enclosures And Supplies' started by Action Jackson, Mar 11, 2012.

  1. Action Jackson

    Action Jackson Chameleon Enthusiast

    I building a large outdoor cage and have a few big ficus branches I've been saving to put in there but I need more pathways.

    Has anyone used soaker hose for vines or have an opinion on using them? I am concerned that they are made of rubber and may have on them or leach out some kind of toxic residue.
  2. Whatcamo

    Whatcamo New Member

    If in doubt don't use? they are a very soft rubber however they do seem to last forever I've had one for years and it hasn't seemed to break down much at all so ?? It is an awesome idea though!
  3. ataraxia

    ataraxia Avid Member


    I am trying them in two cages at the moment. So far so good.
  4. maxttu

    maxttu New Member

    That's an awesome idea!
  5. Action Jackson

    Action Jackson Chameleon Enthusiast

    Anyone else have any input?
  6. ponders

    ponders Chameleon Enthusiast

    I use them in some of my cages.
    People use them all the time on their vegetable gardens. Maybe you should check with organic gardeners and see if they have any misgivings about them?
  7. SSimsswiSS

    SSimsswiSS Avid Member

    I use them. While I like the use of natural branches, they degrade over time. Soaker hose lasts a bit longer, as do bio-vines. The soaker hose works good in shaded areas outdoors. Black hose will absorb heat on sunny days, so best to use with, or together with plants, trees, and branches.
    #7 SSimsswiSS, Mar 12, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2012
  8. Action Jackson

    Action Jackson Chameleon Enthusiast

    Thanks Tylene and Steve. If you guys use them that's good enough for me.:)
  9. chameleonfan101

    chameleonfan101 Established Member

    nice cham steve!! :D good luck Craig! you guys just gave me the idea:D
  10. Seeco

    Seeco New Member

    Supposedly a bit of lead leaches out...
  11. Albula

    Albula New Member

    Bought some soaker hose as well and then found this thread. It has been a while since anyone has put any follow up info on the success of this being used. Any problems with it or ok to use? Thanks
  12. SSimsswiSS

    SSimsswiSS Avid Member

    Just black feet til the hose gets broken in.
  13. Solid Snake

    Solid Snake Avid Member

  14. Albula

    Albula New Member

    Not sure if baby chameleons teeth like a human baby does, but my guy likes gnawing on the soaker hose like a bulldog on a bone. He hasn't had any problems from doing so either and I've had it in there for quite some time. i.e. ingesting/impaction/toxicity ect.
  15. Mredhorse

    Mredhorse Member

    Great idea, what about the cricket eating on it? (then chameleon eating cricket) Just a thought---
  16. sandrachameleon

    sandrachameleon Chameleon Enthusiast

    I would not use a soaker hose if your chameleon is apt to chew on / ingest the material. I absolutely would not use it plumbed in for watering.

    They do give off /leach toxic substances. No organic food gardener would ever use them. I use them on my flower beds, but never on the food growing areas.

    There is a reason you have to buy a special hose (white or eggplant coloured, or steel braid) for drinking water for RVs and such. A regular garden hose, typically made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and brass ends, contains harmful lead and phthalates that leech out; they are not meant for drinking from!
    #16 sandrachameleon, Oct 10, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2013

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