The Medium Tall Breeder Atrium System has left, back, and right sides made of white PVC giving mist retention, humidity control, and visual isolation for chameleon rooms.
The patented Dragon Ledges are anchors that permanently mount to the walls of your Breeder series cage. They then transfer the weight of horizontal branches and potted plants to the strength of the cage wall. With Dragon Ledges you are able to fill your cage with plants while keeping the floor of your cage clear. The Medium Tall Atrium comes with a total of five Dragon Ledges – two for each side and one for the back. By attaching two vertical branches across the two horizontal side ledges you are able to create a strong grid that will allow up to ten pounds of branches and potted plants to be mounted at any level. This equates to about three 1 gallon potted plants.
Dragon Ledges are easily installed at any height to accommodate your personal design. They provide the strength to hold your branches and potted plants while fading into the background.
By using vertical branches you are able to create a natural looking grid which will hold about ten pounds of potted plants and branches (up to three 1 gallon pots). With this grid you will be able to design your interior with branches and plants at any level.
This plantscape and branches of this cage are supported by the Dragon Ledge anchor support system. This invention allows us chameleon keepers the ability to create truly beautiful plantscapes.
Drip Easy Drainage Tray
The Medium Tall Atrium comes standard with a Drip Easy Drainage Tray. A drainage tray goes under the cage to collect excess water. The entire cage sits on top of the drainage tray. The floor of the cage keeps the water away from the inside of the cage. This is important because the floor of the cage will have poop and escaped feeders running around. Add water to that mix and you have an unappetizing and unhealthy bacterial soup.
The system comes with two floor options. The cage comes with a solid white PVC floor while the drainage tray comes with a Drip Easy screen.
The white PVC floor is used when the cage design requires potted plants to be placed on the bottom of the cage. The heavy duty supports on the drainage tray will provide the support necessary. The floor is not water tight around the edges allowing water to seep into he drainage tray below. Small drainage holes may be drilled into the floor to aid in drainage if so desired.
The Drip Easy option is a screen panel that can replace the white PVC floor. This feature was developed by Ed Kammer of Kammerflage Kreations and is being used by Dragon Strand with his permission. It offers maximum drainage. It is the perfect partner of the Dragon Ledges as the Drip Easy screen works best with a floor clear of potted plants. And when the plants are mounted on the wall in the floating garden style, the Drip Easy works to make the floor of the cage visually disappear and not have the distraction of the “hard stop” at the bottom.
The standard white PVC floor provides a solid floor with which works with he support of the drainage tray to provide the strength to hold potted plants. It is also used when the health of the animal is being monitored as the white color allows poop to be noticed and studied for hydration and eating habits. Small drainage holes may be drilled in this floor to aid in drainage especially around the base of potted plants.
The Drip Easy floor is a screen panel which replaces the standard white PVC floor panel. The Drip Easy provides maximum drainage.
The Medium Tall Atrium Enclosures come with two hydration mounts. These mounts were designed by Dragon Strand for the special needs of chameleon keepers and the wide cage formats. The mounts are attached on the inside frame of the top panel.
This mount may be attached anywhere along the frame. This placement freedom is necessary in large cage formats to ensure that the misting reaches where it is needed. The three screw holes along the long edge gives strength to the mount.
The main mount hole is designed to accept the standard mist nozzles offered by companies such as Mist King or Cli-Mist.
The mount also includes a grommeted hole which will accept a length of 1/4″ tubing. This was specifically designed to allow you to hook up a plant watering system to your automatic mister. The two reasons why plants die in a chameleon cage are 1) light and 2) water. Light is solved by (get ready for this…) adding more light. This hydration mount allows an easy solution to the water issue. Even though their leaves receive misting, if water does not get to the soil the plant will die. If you keep forgetting to water your plants until they are dying this allows automatic watering when used with a misting system. This hole can be also be used to accept a Exo-Terra mist nozzle. The grommet is included to cover the loose screen wire produced by cutting an access hole.
Note: How many mist nozzles and drippers your misting system can drive is dependent on strength of your pump and how many misters and drippers are attached. For example, in tests, standard 72PSI – 75PSI pumps have driven two mist nozzles and two 0.5 GPH pressure compensated drip nozzles.
The Dragon Strand Hydration Mount comes with a mount, a grommeted 1/4″ entry hole, and three mounting screws.
The mount may be affixed anywhere along the inside bottom of the top panel and allows both industry standard misting nozzles and drip system tubing to enter the cage and provide proper hydration top both chameleons and plants.
The drip system tubing can be run around the cage under cover of the plant life to not be noticed.
This ficus pumila has been misted multiple times a day for months and is dying from dehydration. A drip system was installed to save this plant.
After two weeks of drip hydration this ficus pumila is thriving and providing the cage with the full benefits of a live plant – natural humidity, leaf cover for the chameleon, and a natural feel to the cage appearance.