Bearded dragon aquarium
Commercially available reptile aquariums are very popular housing enclosures for Bearded dragons. Aquariums are attractive looking, readily available and easy to keep clean. They are made from glass and can be obtained from most pet shops or can be home made.
Larger aquariums (or glass tanks) are great to keep one or more Bearded dragons in. A 40 gal / 150 ℓ / (91 x 46 x 43) cm / (36 x 18 x 17) ” aquarium, should be large enough for a single adult Bearded dragon and a 55 gal / 200 ℓ / (122 x 33 x 53) cm / (48 x 13 x 21) ” aquarium should be adequate for an adult pair. The aquarium floor space should increase by at least 25% for every Bearded dragon added after that.
When used for Bearded dragons, the lid of the aquarium needs to be covered with wire mesh and a part of the lid needs to move independent of the rest. Because of the inability to securely mount any sort of electrical equipment on the inside of (glass) aquariums, heating and ultraviolet lighting needs to be placed on top of the lid – while access too the inside should still be available.
The mesh covered lid will also allow much needed ventilation that would not be possible any other way. Lids to be used for Bearded dragon aquariums are commercially available or can be converted from a regular aquarium lid.
Aquarium users are often confronted with creating proper ventilation. Ventilation openings, popularly installed as grills on the side of Bearded dragon enclosures, allow for the escape of hot/used air and give way for fresh/cooler air. This is where a proper mesh lid comes in once again.
Aquariums are heavy and fragile. The first thing to do is to decide where it will stand. Usually a well lit area with a strong table/cabinet to support the tank will do well. Don’t forget a plug point for the electrical equipment. The bottom of aquariums are usually protected by using styrofoam. The floor space of an aquarium should preferably not be larger than the area it rests upon.
Substrate and furniture
Unlike cabinets, aquariums have floors that are made from glass. Apart from not being able to drill holes in, glass can easily crack when heavy objects (e.g. basking rocks) are placed or dropped onto it. The same goes for unstable furniture and falls over.
To make the glass floor a little less fragile, a deep, bulky substrate can be used. Newspaper is often used to separate the glass and substrate layer. Deep layered substrates will act as some degree of shock absorber and can be used to hide cables in.
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