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Posted by chris_harper2 on May 04, 2003 at 11:54:44:
In Reply to: Great Advice...anyone have any other tips? posted by carl3 on May 04, 2003 at 11:00:27:
I should have also addressed other issues but forgot.
For air exchange, install a bathroom exaughst fan on the ceiling or upper wall. Animal rooms that don't have a lot of air exchange can get very stagnant and you'll want to be able to vent that air out.
If it's a small room with a large biomass of animals, have it on a timer. If it's a smaller biomass of animals and/or in a larger room run it manually.
You can probably vent it out of your basement like a dryer vent. Otherwise, you'll have to vent it into the larger airspace of the rest of your basement.
If you have smell concerns with the latter, there are ways to vent the air into a zeolite filter but I've not used them.
Another possibility is to get a convection current going so you'll have a slight, constant air exchange going on at all times. This is achieved by put a plain vent through the lower wall and then another in the upper wall or ceiling of another part of the room.
If you have a vertical heat gradient in your room you'll get a slight convection current that carries heavier gasses up and out of your room.
This is easier and less expensive that a powered exhaughst fan, but only works with a significant temperature differential. That may or may not be desirable depending on how much variation in heat requirements your herps have.