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Posted by LdyPayne on May 07, 2003 at 20:27:34:
In Reply to: Both Your Questions posted by georgio on May 07, 2003 at 19:32:59:
A front or side door (sliding or just plain pull out) is useful for feeding/cleaning and handling your dragon as an adult. I have my 5 and half month dragon in a 35 gallon tank with the top half covered with wood and the other half uncovered by anything. I do however find it a bit of a pain to try and pick up my beardie as my arms are not long enough to reach all over the interior of the tank. Wind up going back and forth from end to end to get things. A larger deeper tank would be very difficult for me (and anybody else who is around my height) to reach anything on the bottom of the tank. Cleaning would be harder too since these glass tanks are quite heavy.
If I didn't have the tank ontop of a table probably wont' be as difficult but still, cleaning would be just as hard if not more, with all that stooping. I would recommend a front door especially on larger enclosures. When I build a new home for my beardie it will have three doors, two front with a smaller one lower front to make it easier to scrap out substrate and clean the bottom instead of lifting sand out. Also the plexi glass bottom half foot of the sides will keep sand from being kicked out by the beadie.