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 Post subject: Enclosures?
PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2011 10:48 am 
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What do you guys use as enclosures for some of the bigger/longer sticks?

I'm after some ideas as to what to use that will enable me to keep something a bit bigger and more interesting than the Pink Wings I used to keep.

Ive got plenty of the Pet Pal type tanks, but even placed on their sides I do not think they provide enough head room.

I'm looking for something that isn't going to cost a lot if that's possible?


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 Post subject: Re: Enclosures?
PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2011 2:51 pm 
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Whenever I want a big enclosure for a group of insects I just make one using 1x1 pine, mesh and perspex(if too expensive so just use mesh for all sides). I just made one about a week ago, very simple and whatever size that you want :)

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2011 3:44 pm 
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Sometimes you can find Flexariums on Ebay for a good price :) they are lightweight, have good ventilation and are mesh based. You can get them from 38cm tall all the way up to 122cm tall!

There are also large butterfly cages, like this: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/MOTH-BUTTERFLY-IN ... 1184wt_907

Or you can even modify keep nets (used for fishing) as a hanging style enclosure :)


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 11, 2011 3:56 pm 
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I bought a plastic tomato house £9.99 from wilkinsons..i have jungle nymphs in it they are doing well

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 2011 10:42 am 
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Thank-you for all the great ideas!

What mesh would I need if I wanted to make my own cages?

I'll have a look on Ebay and keep an eye open for Flexariums :) I also think I saw some Keep Nets in my local Poundshop.

I like the idea of the tomato house :thumb: That would be great for sticks that need a higher humidity.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 2011 10:57 am 
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You could get some cheap stuff like this,

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Insect-Fly-Bug-Mo ... 555wt_1139

Or natural world experience(link at top right of page) do a finer black mesh which is better but more expensive :)

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 Post subject: Re: Enclosures?
PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 2011 11:17 am 
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Thanks :D

Think I will go with the more expensive stuff. Looks like it will last a bit longer. :thumb:


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2011 3:25 pm 
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I made some out of Really Useful Boxes.. cut out panels for ventilation using a soldering iron (bought a gas powered knife shaped one from Maplins in the end), and stuck the mesh they use for making tutus (bought at £1.40/metre from local market) over the holes. Copydex seems to be the best adhesive, I experimented with a few different types.

the 19l XL ones are a good size, and I bought cheap tubs from the pound shop for nymphs/small species.









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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2011 8:37 am 
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If you're anywhere near Ikea, I'm considering using one of these to hold bigger phasmids:


http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/80099224/

It's lightweight and pretty big, 45 x 50 cm, and looks a lot better than anything I could build myself. Plus £7.99 = cheaper than the various mantis/phasmid enclosures of similar models that you can find on ebay. Though the big "door" might be a bit of a problem if you're planning to keep anything that flies or runs very fast...


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2012 7:35 pm 
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The ExoTerra's are great.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 10:18 pm 
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WesternWilson wrote:
The ExoTerra's are great.

Not exactly cheap though :P


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 Post subject: Re: Enclosures?
PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2014 7:07 pm 
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I was going through all my old army kit and found one of these. If it was good at keeping bugs out so what about keeping them in?


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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2014 7:09 pm 
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That would be ideal for moths and cattys Mark :thumb:

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 Post subject: Re: Enclosures?
PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2014 7:11 pm 
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I have no experience in either, but willing to try. I figured its big enough for a couple of different things


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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2014 7:16 pm 
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Also they are readily available on eBay pretty cheap if anybody else wanted one. Search " British army mosquito net"


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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2014 8:46 pm 
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Mark853 wrote:
I have no experience in either, but willing to try. I figured its big enough for a couple of different things

First time for everything Mark :D I'd start with something like privet hawk moths or elephant hawk moths as good starter moths or if you like butterfly's try painted lady, peacock or red admiral all of these are easy to start off with and you can release them afterwards :D

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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2014 8:52 pm 
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Where do you get them from?


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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2014 10:41 pm 
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I'm not really into butterflies and moths as I am into Phasmids but for all I know, worldwide buttereflies is the best place to get a wide range of moths and butterflies.

http://www.wwb.co.uk/

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 Post subject: Re: Enclosures?
PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2014 5:53 am 
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I did intend to use it for phasmids but dranared has me interested.


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