Medium Tall Clearside Atrium Deep Substrate Tray

Medium Tall Clearside Atrium Deep Substrate Tray

Med Tall Clearside Atrium Substrate Tray

Medium Tall Clearside Atrium Deep Substrate Tray

$138.00

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$138.00

This substrate tray is designed to allow you to create a bio-active floor for your Medium Tall Clearside Atrium Cage. The tray slides into the inside of the cage and replaces the plastic floor panel or Drip-easy screen floor. The tray provides a depth of 5 3/8″ for soil layers and planting. The Medium Tall Clearside Atrium Substrate Tray is compatible with screen, Clearside and Clearside Vivarium Style versions of the Medium Tall Atrium cage.

This tray is water tight. If your application requires drainage, the floor is easily drilled through to create drainage holes. Note that the fit inside the cage is designed to be a close fit, but it is not water tight. You will still want to use the drainage tray.

Note: Do not leave this tray out in direct sunlight. The black will absorb the heat and could warp.

This product is made to order. Normal lead time on shipping this product is about one week.

Availability: Available on backorder

Description

Medium Tall Clearside Atrium Deep Substrate Tray
Medium Tall Clearside Atrium Deep Substrate Tray

The highest level of chameleon keeping is where the chameleon is seen as only one part of a living environment recreated in this cage. Creating a bio-active soil is one way that this is accomplished. To accommodate this we have a deep substrate tray that provide 5.5″ of soil depth. This Substrate Tray slides into the bottom of the cage through the service door entrance.

Although the substrate tray will slide in through the service door it should be seen as a semi-permanent addition. Once there is soil and pants establish themselves not only will it be very heavy, but any movement will disturb the plants. If they have grown at all then the tray will not fit back out the service door anyways!

This substrate tray gives you two drainage options.

  1. Drainage Layer РThe substrate tray is water tight. Therefore standard glass vivarium techniques can be employed. This consists of a layer of hydro-balls or other clay balls  Over this there is a plastic mesh that will keep the soil above from making mud of the water that collects in the clay balls below.
  2. External Drainage – You may make use of the drainage ray that comes with the cage to give yourself active drainage, To use this, drill drainage holes in the bottom of the substrate tray and put the whole cage on top of the drainage tray. Water will flow through the substrate and collect below int he drainage tray. Thus one does not have to worry about saturating the soil. The advantage of this method is that your hydration strategy can be based on the needs of the chameleon and not have to take into consideration how much water can be stored in the soil layer.

The Substrate Tray slides into the cage and rests on the floor panel. Substrate trays are designed to hold elements that you intend for your chameleon to have access to. This is in contrast to a drainage tray which is meant to sit under the cage and contain the water you DON’T want your chameleon to have access to. In the case of a cage system that has a substrate, the drainage tray is still used to ensure no water escapes. Although the substrate tray has a close fit, the fit in the cage is not water tight. To be clear, the tray itself is water tight, but the fit inside the cage is tight, but not water tight.

This product was made specifically to allow the Medium Tall Clearside Atrium cages to have a bio-active floor. This is an art which can lead to a much more enjoyable experience. To start learning about bio-active husbandry consider listening to these podcast episodes:

John Courteney-Smith and Bio-active Environments Part 1

John Courteney-Smith and Bio-active Environments Part 2

Additional information

Weight 15 lbs
Dimensions 32 × 25 × 8 in

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