Hi everyone,
Yes, I have been barely posting, I have written nothing on the Iguana Mafia. I have not even posted regarding Sorath's recent jailbreak, which included Brian coming home to find a broken plexiglass around the iguana cage, and an iguana-cicle sitting on the diningroom table, watching the snow falling out the window. Sorath was unharmed by her adventure, but was not at all pleased by her recapture and return to prison.
The jail cell now includes an inordinant amount of duct tape, which has a somewhat adverse effect upon the view, and certainly adversely impacts our attempts to have a *zoo-grade* iguana house.
Which brings me to our next dilemna. We are NOT professional carpenters, but I am adamant that Sorath and Stinker will have for their next home, a cage that LOOKS NICE, LIKE FURNITURE, and that will look at least somewhat like we stole it from the zoo. That will NOT look like it was built out of scrap lumber and 2x4s (like the current cage). Probably building it in March, after we get settled in.
Sorath's pothos investments are doing well, so we are figuring around $200 to $300 or so for the budget for now, can add a bit more later for the fluffy stuff. Planning on a large floor to ceiling cage, maybe 7 or 8 feet high (depending on where the ceilings are in the new house), maybe 6 feet wide, maybe 3 1/2 feet deep? These are wild guess dimensions, based on visualizing the wall in the new house (which I have seen only the day we viewed the house and decided to buy it).
A friend at work suggested using metal for the frame, there is apparently some kind of metal stuff that has grooves in it for plexiglass walls?

Cage design wish list includes two spots for water, one small for Stinker to drink from, one larger, and the cage will be in a carpeted room, away from plumbing, so the larger dish will have to be something carryable. I'm thinking a catbox? Multiple lizard hides and perches. No problem on branches. Thinking adding a waterfall eventually.

My question: HELP!! How many heat lamps? What kind? I like the idea of metal frame. Help? No clue where to even begin with this project. Google is not entirely helpful. How do I place the lamps? How many lamps? The zoo seems to do a lovely job of hiding the lamps. How do I get this thing to look zoo grade?? OR, does anybody know a custom cage designer and builder in the Cleveland Ohio area? Or how to find one? We are willing to PAY someone to come figure this out and set it up for us. Hellpp!!
BTW, our new house is a lovely ranch in Westlake Ohio, with a perfect bay window that sticks out with a ledge for an iguana and cat perch for watching the world go by. And a skylight in the kitchen. And a perfect wall in the central living area for the iguana house. Moving is planned for the last weekend in January.
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Chaosmage
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My question: HELP!! How many heat lamps? What kind? I like the idea of metal frame. Help? No clue where ... find one? We are willing to PAY someone to come figure this out and set it up for us. Hellpp!!

I remember seeing a website that showed how to build an ig cage, and they built an empty space above the cage, with nice wood paneling on the front that could be removed, that the lights were in. Sort of like expensive wood hoods for aquariums, where all the lighting is tucked away behind fancy wood. You can make the "ceiling" under the lights out of hardware cloth or something, so the light goes through, but the lizards can't touch the lights. And maybe if you wanted to make a lower basking spot, make a wooden box in a corner that is accessible by the outside, with the lamp shining down out of the box and a wooden vent on one side so it doesn't overheat?
I apologize if I don't make much sense, the cold medicine is making my brain fuzzy. :-/
BTW, our new house is a lovely ranch in Westlake Ohio, with a perfect bay window that sticks out with ... perfect wall in the central living area for the iguana house. Moving is planned for the last weekend in January.
sigh I can't wait until we can move. The hubby and I have started looking at houses. We can find the perfect lot and the perfect house, but not both in one spot. (Well, okay, we found it once and it was gone the same day.) Today we looked at a gorgeous gem of a house, but it was out in the boonies, and the neighborhood was of doubtful quality. But the house! Ah, the house! Lovely tile flooring, great exterior, hot tub in the back, large koi pond with waterfall, and the master BR was fantastic with a Spa tub and huge walk-in closet! Heck, this was the first time I'd ever seen a beday, or however you spell that funky European toilet that I have no clue what purpose it serves.

And the house had a 1600 sq ft garage that went underneath and even had a furnace! The guy worked out of his garage so he'd had a professional car lift installed right inside!!! I have no idea what I'd use it for, other than maybe a ridiculous reason to learn how to change my own oil.

Anyways. I hope we can find a house faster than fr0glet can. Although shopping is fun. :-)
Jennifer
Congratulations on the new house, but it's a good thing we have each other. I remember when I moved, after two years of intensive shopping, well, the dog's couches will go there, and their runs will go there, and there's a cleared half acre with good shade for them there.
Oh, there are the bedrooms for people. Ho hum, how nice.

Barbara
sigh I can't wait until we can move. The hubby and I have started looking at houses. We can find ... idea what I'd use it for, other than maybe a ridiculous reason to learn how to change my own oil.

Geez, buy the house! Living in the boonies is wonderful! No snoopy neighbors, no homeowners' associations, no NOISE, you'd love it! Depending on how "out there" it is, of course. Our nearest neighbors in Montana were
2 miles away and out of site. Walking naked in the sun in the front yard,that's the life. You just learn to buy groceries in bulk and keep the pantry full, because those short trips to the grocery store are a thing of the past when you live 40 miles from it.
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Cindy
Congratulations on the new house, but it's a good thing we have each other. I remember when I moved, ... acre with good shade for them there. Oh, there are the bedrooms for people. Ho hum, how nice. Barbara

The first thing I look at are the windows. GOT to have lots of windows, for light for me and my plants.
Cindy
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Heck, this was the first time I'd ever seen a beday, or however you spell that funky European toilet that I have no clue what purpose it serves.

Bidet (must be french). It's used to wash the under-the-belt-zone. First time I saw one was when I came to Italy, in Germany they aren't used.

Anna
sigh I can't wait until we can move. The hubby ... in the boonies, and the neighborhood was of doubtful quality.

Geez, buy the house! Living in the boonies is wonderful!

Some of us require high speed internet access availability to function. I believe Jenn's husband (like mine) requires DSL "just in case" he has to work from home. DSL is limited to some 2.5 mile radius around each central office (approximately) so moving to the boonies can mean dialup is your only option shudder.
Also, the boonies in Snohomish and King county in Washington can mean seedy neighborhoods, trailer parks, no neighborhood watch, lowered home value and hard resellability.
Walking naked in the sun in the front yard, that's the life.

Hell, I live right in town and walk naked in my back yard in the sun regularly. I also have an upstairs patio for nudism. Emotion: smile
You just learn to buy groceries in bulk and keep the pantry full, because those short trips to the grocery store are a thing of the past when you live 40 miles from it. Emotion: smile Cindy

As long as theres a teriyaki place close by, Jenn and Tommy will survive... D
fr0glet

"You cannot be an objective scientist if you have an agenda." ~The Madman
Oh, and congrats on your future house Emotion: smile
Anna
I have not even posted regarding Sorath's recent jailbreak, which included Brian coming home to find a broken plexiglass around the iguana cage,

What do you think... tail slap? Cracked the mighty bullwhip on that pesky plexiglass?
maybe 7 or 8 feet high (depending on where the ceilings are in the new house), maybe 6 feet wide, maybe 3 1/2 feet deep?

I've really been enjoying pics of corner iguana cages, that way you only have to build one wall to section the thing off into a nice triangle. Any chance of that working for you?
Rememer a while back we saw an ig cage online that was a sliding glass door mounted in the corner of a room? Could be a cool option and maybe even fit the budget, I've no idea really...
room, away from plumbing, so the larger dish will have to be something carryable. I'm thinking a catbox?

I use a big black plastic cement mixing tub for Sabba. It's much stronger than the catboxes we sell at work, so when it's all full of poopy water it doesn't flex and slop. Plus it's some 12" deep so she can submerse her 22lbs of snakey goodness. Emotion: smile AND black is beautiful. Catboxes don't come in black.

I would suggest making a spot up high for an automatic misting system, too... the more I read about the iguana portal system and the long term effects of potential dehydration from moderate humidity environments the more I push ultrasonic humidifiers... it's a tropical rainforest lizard after all!
How many heat lamps? What kind?

You're going to have to test until you get the right ambient temps. I would guess in that much space, maybe 4 250 watt heat bulbs plus uvb accross the top of the cage to get air temp up and possibly another heat bulb below for a basking spot for Stinker. I don't really know about PTS requirements so no idea if he'd need to bask seperately.
How do I place the lamps? How many lamps? The zoo seems to do a lovely job of hiding the lamps.

I like Jenn's idea of mounting them on a screen top, then building up a false wood wall on the top front edge of the cage (this could be the spot for your crazy mayan theme or whatever you've got going in that brain of yours), and for making a lower basking spot hiding another bulb inside of a wooden box with a screen bottom to keep them off the bulb, hanging the box and fixture underneath another basking platform... that's hard to describe. Sheesh.
BTW, our new house is a lovely ranch in Westlake Ohio, with a perfect bay window that sticks out with ... perfect wall in the central living area for the iguana house. Moving is planned for the last weekend in January.

CONGRATS!! Sounds awesome!! Get pics when you're settled, or before!~!! Emotion: big smile

fr0glet

"You cannot be an objective scientist if you have an agenda." ~The Madman
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