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Thread: Custom terrarium hardware finally found - gimmie some input!

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    I want to see this thing in action. I order you to build it, immediately!
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    I wanted to do this a year or so ago. I even bought 15 tubes of the "correct" (non-toxic) black silicone and a bale of coco coir. I just didn't get round to it cos I couldn't locate these sliding track parts.
    But when I wake up later it's off to Rockler's to see if they have them in stock.

    Every terrarium shop should sell these door parts for us DIY grow chamber / vivarium nuts. I suppose they wanna sell prefab Eco-Terra units (which seem nice) but some of us just can't fit our dreams inside a 18 - 24" cube. If they could put out a model at least 48" L x 24" H x 24" W I'd probably buy several.

    I've gotta build a stand for the thing to sit on, I've already got the melamine for that. The cabinet stand will be 48" x 36" x 24". Basically the same size as the vivarium on top.

    When I get going on the project (stand and vivarium) I'll take pics along the way.

    Now the main task will be catching the Anole. I'm big and slow and she's tiny and fast. I've seen vids on You Tube of people reaching into their vivariums and their Anole hops onto their finger (frogs too). I rarely even see my Anole other than her tail and an occasional shed skin hanging in a plant. Do you think if I introduce a few more females at the same time as when I put her into the new viv for the first time she'd be more sociable / not so fearful? The Anoles at the shops lay around all day in groups letting kids gawk at them and tap the glass - they don't care they just close their eyes and go back to sleep or whatever they were doing before someone tapped the glass. My lone Anole sees me look at the terrarium from across the room and instantly hides. There's a rumor that a lizard lives in my terrarium, not that I'd ever see it but something is eating all those crickets!

    Anyone have some tips on catching an Anole who has that attitude?

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    Maybe you could devise some sort of trap? My first thought would be to use a tall container and put some bait at the bottom. But lizards are usually strong climbers, so I don't know how well that would work. If it's afraid of you, perhaps you could give it some sort of tempting hiding place that you can easily move to the new terrarium.
    That's a shame that she's all skittish. Are Anoles easy to socialize? Unless there's a risk of fighting breaking out, I'd definitely give some thought to bringing in a few pet-shop Anoles to put yours at ease. I'm not sure what you'd do to hand-tame a lizard like that. Hand feedings? Sit by the tank whenever it eats? Maybe you should ask those YouTube folks how they did it. I've got a parakeet that likes to sit on my finger but I don't know how much of that training would carry over to an Anole - parakeets crave attention so it's pretty easy to make friends once they figure out that you don't want to eat them.
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    It's weird. My killifish used to keep on spawning while I was pruning the plants in their tanks (A. australe). The dragon gobies would eat from my hand, the cats obviously don't fear me or they wouldn't trash the house every morning at about 9 am, but this little cuban anole is always terrified. She's only known me as the source of food and was never in the wild, since she hatched from a potted philodendron I got off Ebay. The current viv is fully planted with lots of wood (her fave spot is to sit on the black brace just under the lid, hence only ever seeing her tail). I do see her dash down grab a cricket and shoot back up to the brace but only rarely does she sit in the open (when she sleeps on the glass at night I can see her). Maybe it's beacuse I come at her from the top? She's currently a 56 gallon cube aquarium. I've heard that's why they make the european viv with front access as it spooks the animals less to have a hand approach from the side than above (like a predator would).

    I really would like to set up & watch the dart frog life cycle / tadpole rearing in a bromiliad cup. I'm attracted to the DF cos they're small, very colorful and I've heard that they sing in the evenings to call their mates and when it mists in the terrarium (I'm setting up a mister). I'm just kinda fearful of spending the $50-90 per frog having never taken care of frogs before.

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    Don't break it! How's that for awesome advice?!
    that makes no logic

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    I picked up the sliding rails today, $18.01 with tax for a "4 foot" track that holds 1/4" panels. It's actually about 44". I was always under the impression that "4 feet" translated to 12" x 4 = 48"...

    It's good to know where to get these sliders finally though! Now if the hardware store will bevel their glass that they sell cut on demand I'll be in biznezz!

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