Choosing Glass Vivariums for Picture Perfect Viewing
Glass vivariums offer a better viewing experience than most other materials.
What are the Best Types of Glass Vivariums?
Glass vivariums come in many different shapes, sizes and designs. Here are three of the most popular types:
Front Opening Glass Vivariums allow quick access inside your vivarium. These are sliding door designs that usually have two glasses that can slide back and forth. They can be lifted up slightly, and removed for cleaning.
Top Opening Glass Vivariums usually have sliding doors, or other removable lids. Mesh is a very popular material for top opening vivariums, because of the amount of ventilation and light that they allow. Top Opening Vivariums also usually have spaces where tubes, heaters, lights, or other cables can be inserted.
Swinging Glass Vivariums – Some specialized glass vivariums have swinging glass doors. These are ideal for some people, because they allow quick access, and they can also be cleaned rather easily without the need to remove the entire glass. If purchasing a swinging glass vivarium, make sure that it comes with strong hinges; otherwise there might be a lot of wear and tear on your vivarium door.
Recommended Types of Glass Vivariums
The best recommended types of glass vivariums are those that are safe for your pet, and also secure for your family, especially if you have any poisonous reptiles.
Make sure when you remove your glass for cleaning; replace it with the same sized cardboard cut out to prevent your pet from either escaping, or accidentally falling out.
Decide right away if you need a false bottom. False bottoms allow a place for water to drain when you have a fountain, or other device that waters your plants, and keeps a humid environment. If you have a desert style glass vivarium, normally it is not necessary to use a false bottom, because it should remain hot and dry most of the time.
Remember, your reptiles, frogs and lizards like to explore around. Give them that chance by providing enough space for them. This will keep your pets healthy and happy.
The inside of your glass vivariums should have hiding boxes for your pet. Since your glass vivarium will have almost 360 degrees of exposure, it will leave your pet with almost no privacy, unless you have a hiding box.
Other Tips to Consider When Choosing Glass Vivariums
If you want to clean your glass vivariums, it’s best to take them completely out if possible. Lay them on the floor, or other flat surface, and spray them with window cleaner. After you have saturated the glass with window cleaner, try using a Stanley Knife, or other sharp edged blade, and softly scrape it across the wet glass, removing stuck on residue. Finally, use a paper towel and dry. Do the same on both sides of the glass.
The only problem with glass vivariums is that glass doesn’t hold heat that well. It helps if you have other materials inside your glass vivariums that help make it a little insulated, and therefore, better to keep the heat. Of course you will need to have a good heating element inside, preferable under a false bottom of your vivarium, or a good heat lamp.
You need to take extra care if you have Bearded Dragon lizards. Bearded Dragons come from very hot environments, and need to have at least 80 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit. (26-35 Celsius), and even a hotter basking area.
Direct sun reflection can cause your vivarium to quickly overheat in some areas. It’s better to never leave your glass vivariums unattended if you do allow some sunlight.
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