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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 7:22 pm 
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Hi,
I'm planning to put E. tiaratum, A. fallax and Budwings into open air vivs (like Reptibreeze medium or the Exo Terra Explorarium). I'm told all these species, especially A. fallax, like airy conditions, so I hope they'll do ok. Any advice on the suitability of these cages? I know some people suggest enclosures with only 1 or 2 open sides, but I can't find any large enough at a sensible price. I suppose I could modify one of the brands above with Perspex or similar, but I'd rather not have to...
Any suggestions / experience welcome.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 8:24 pm 
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I used a flexarium, never tried open air due to my cat. Just be aware E. tiaratum tend to fling their eggs all over the place!

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 10:48 pm 
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Ah, I may be using the wrong terminology... I think I've seen flexariums and aluminium mesh cages referred to as 'open air' (presumably because air flow isn't blocked by a glass panel??) That's the sort of thing I mean, anyway. Did the flexarium work well for you? How many species have you kept in it?
Thanks for bearing with my misunderstanding. :-)
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I kept trachys and normal indians in a large flexarium with no problems. The obvious downside is it that it is hard to maintain any kind of humidity (depending on where you live)

That is easily solved by blocking one or more of the sides.

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Ok, thanks, that's good to know. I'll have to cross that bridge when I get to it. I'm told that the species I'm looking at (E. tiaratum, A. fallax and budwings) don't like high humidity, which is why I'm looking at mesh cages. Does anyone know different?
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I currently keep some of my bulkier phasmids such as H. dehaanii, H. dialtata in a 'medium' reptibreeze enclosure and they certainly do love the extra space they have now to move around in since they were kept in 30 litre aquarium tanks before. The only problem is that I have to spray heavily about 5 times a day so that they can have a good drink.
I'm guessing that P. khaoyaiensis (budwings) would be alright in open air vivariums since my reptibreeze was previously used to house them and some of my larger phasmids as well and they had no problems from what I could see.
One or two heavy sprayings a day should suffice for Tiaratums and budwings, me thinks! Not really sure about A. fallax since I have never kept them before.

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Excellent! Thanks very much for the advice. I'm a little way off needing the cage atm (still only ova!) but it's good to have a plan. :-)


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