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Posted by chris_harper2 on May 04, 2003 at 05:12:06:
In Reply to: ?MAKING A HERP ROOM? posted by carl3 on May 03, 2003 at 23:09:52:
::My main concern is controlling the cool/dry temperatures of my basement.
This is actually a benefit as it's easier to add heat and humidity than it is to remove them.
Assuming you don't have any mold problems, your biggest concern will be the floor. Make sure your lowest cages have an air space between them and the floor and you should be fine. A layer of carpet padding and carpet will also help with this.
Don't make the mistake of trying the humidify the whole room. I've known herpers who invested in nice room humidifiers only to find that the available humidity was having minimal effect on the individual cages.
Better to humidify cages that need it than the room. Some humidity will escape from the cages and raise humidity slightly anyways.
:I am also concerned about lighting, as I will need to use lighting on a timer, where now they are in a room with plenty of windows for a more natural light cycle.
I like natural photo-periods but I know some herpers actually cover windows with foil so their herps only perceive their artifical photo-period. So not a big deal.
Lastly, I recommend you install two utility sinks. One for soaking in disinfectant, one for rinsing and water fills.
I actually like to have three, with one being used just for dumping the dirty water out. But I'm a bit excessive that way and work with a lot of imports so parasite transmission is always a concern.
It will not cost twice as much to install two utility sinks. Cheaper, usually, to go with two separate sinks rather than one of the double units (although those are very nice).