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DIY - Enclosures of your own design

Discussion in 'Tarantula Enclosures' started by Lady J, Sep 18, 2018.

  1. Lady J

    Lady J New Member

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    Hi everyone. I am new to the forum but I wanted to talk about T enclosures. Frankly I hate all of them for one reason or another they're not practical. I decided to design my own. Right now I have one kritter keeper and two hobby lobby enclosures. The Kritter keeper lid is hard to remove and the hobby lobby lids are easy to drop and can harm your T if they're on the lid. I'm starting with a sling enclosure design before I buy the materials needed to make it. Have a look, I plan to make this one out of scratch resistant plexiglass.This design can be used for terrestrial or arboreal slings it just depends on the amount of substrate you use. Any feed back is good feed back, If there's anything you don't like about the enclosure let me know and I will adjust it until an ideal enclosure is designed before I go into production. Juvenile and Adult enclosures will follow for burrowers, terrestrial and arboreal species.

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    Logan D Active Member 3 Year Member

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    so is the ventilation at the top of the enclosure ?
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    Lady J New Member

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    At the moment yes but since the entire case will be made of plexiglass air holes can be placed anywhere
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    Logan D Active Member 3 Year Member

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    I would suggest on the sides so that it will hold moisture better with the holes being on the top water would evaporate out of the enclosure faster and what sizes are you thinking cause 5gal 10 gallon even 20 gallon would be nice
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    Lady J New Member

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    right now this is enclosure design is for a sling so a spiderling from birth to 1-1 1/2 max. Sounds like you want an adult terrarium design. I was going to design a juvenile and adult terrarium a bit later but I can whip up something now
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    Logan D Active Member 3 Year Member

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    I would defiantly like to see what you come up with :)
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    I use 4" cube glass containers for my larger slings made by spidershop.pl. They have a strip if metal mesh across one side, holes too big for small feet to get caught in but too small for a sling to squeeze through. The lids fit snugly and because they are double thickness glass heavy enough to prevent being pushed off. The upper layer of glass sits over the sides while the bottom layer fits snugly inside the container preventing the lid sliding open.

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    Logan D Active Member 3 Year Member

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    I would just worry about ts trying to chew threw the mesh and injuring themselves or escaping
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    The mesh is too thick for them to chew through, even my adult Ts that have the same mesh in their containers have never attempted it.
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    Logan D Active Member 3 Year Member

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    alright ive heard and seen videos on youtube where a t had made its way threw a mesh vent I suppose that would be to thick for them just good to be on the side of caution
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    They have been tried and tested by some of the top breeders and collectors in Europe.
  12. Lady J

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    Arboreal Terrarium Design, How is this?

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    Logan D Active Member 3 Year Member

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    That looks great what do you think an estimated price would be on it
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    The "window" is not an opening, it will be a spot covered by a piece of dark plexiglass that can be removed via magnet from the clear plexiglass so you can view your hiding tarantula and re-cover so your T can feel secure
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    As for the price, I have to see how much the plexiglass will cost, and it will also depend on the size of the enclosure
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    Here is a price breakdown for a 10 gallon tank

    - 3 sheets of acrylic AR 2 1/8" thick 12" x 20"
    - 1 sheet of cast acrylic 1/8" thick 12" x 20"
    - 2 sheets of cast acrylic 1/8" thick 12" x 12"
    $160

    - acrylic hinges $1.40

    - PVC moulding $3

    - knob: .80c-$1

    - magnets $1.50

    - furniture protectors ill just throw in for free

    total: $166.90 and that's just material cost. I will keep pricing around to get the lowest price possible. If I were to sell this as a DIY kit It will be the material cost shown there plus shipping. If I were to sell it built, $185 plus shipping. That's with the current material cost I have If I can find lower price for the acrylic (mind you this is high quality acrylic that's lighter then glass, but stronger, resistant to chemicals and scratches) I will lower the prices.

    Alternative to AR acrylic

    Plaskolite - 20x stronger then glass, UV resistant, weather resistant 18" x 24" 6 sheets
    $71.88

    DIY kit with Plaskolite: - $78.81 plus shipping
    built by me: - $90 plus shipping

    * if theres enough acrylic left over I can use it to make a sling enclosure or juvenile enclosure which will be added as a bonus, free of charge
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    Terrestrial Enclosure
    *note* this is not for pet holes, I have to design a different enclosure for burrowers so you can enjoy them even when they're burried Terrestrial enclosure.jpg
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    Logan D Active Member 3 Year Member

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    Alright I think where you would get most sales would be with the plaskolite the ar acrylic with the cost of it you could almost buy 2 really nice exo terras for that price
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    Agreed. I'm going to make one for myself first to ensure it works! Then, if others in the hobby are interested I will make these for them too. I don't have an arboreal T so for the arboreal enclosure I might make a contest, whoever wins will get the enclosure free and give me feedback on how well it works or any changes I can make to make it better.

    By the way, I have the maintenance hatches as pull downs since it seems more economical, but what do you guy prefer? A hatch that goes down or a hatch that opens sideways like a regular door?
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    Logan D Active Member 3 Year Member

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    I like that you have access from the top and side some arboreal ts will run around their cage when you enter so having both options is defiantly a plus