Material

I build my cage in Plywood. It is relatively cheap and easy to work with.

Make sure you only use nontoxic materials. Ask at the store if you aren't sure. And make sure they *understand* your question... When I asked the first time they said, "sure, it's ok". When I pointed out that I was building a cage and that my animals would actually die if the material were toxic - it happened that they changed their minds and recommended another material... In this specific example I asked about paint. The store *should* be able to give you an answer. If they don't know - tell them to find out.




You need
  • Plywood - Give the hardware store the measurements and let them cut it for you - much easier!
  • Glue for wood (non-toxic)
  • Styrofoam (about 4 inches and also 2 inches, at the hardware- or craft store)
  • Special glue (non-toxic) for the styrofoam (ask at the hardware store or craft store, they should know)
  • Short screws
  • Hinges (not necessary if you don't need to open the top)
  • Some wood for the "top-frame"
  • Chicken wire for the top-screen
  • Glass for the front doors
  • Aquarium silicone to fasten the glass channel (you probably find the aquarium silicone at the hardware store (Home Depot... usually comes in small squeezable tubes).
  • Glass channels (at the glazier)
  • Handles for the glass (at the glazier)
  • Cement
  • Maybe color-pigments for the cement (at the hardware store)
  • Maybe acrylic paint for painting some variations in the rockwall
  • Varnish (ask for a non-toxic kind)
  • Maybe peat or sand to mix in the varnish
  • Putting
  • Paint (Water based. Non-toxic! Ask at the paintshop)
  • Sandpaper
  • Maybe screws "with a loop" to put artificial plants



    Tools
    You probably need more than this - but those are essential!
  • Saw
  • Screwdriver
  • Angle iron
  • An old dish brush etc, for the cement
  • Several plastic jars etc to mix the cement and varnish in
  • Brushes for the paint
  • Putty knife



    Note... The silcone that most glaziers use isn't aquarium sealant, but they claim once it dries it is safe... I recommend you to be very cautious about sealant and silcone... There are sealants that contain anti-fungi stuff... Don't use that in your repties cages.




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