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eufa1313
07-11-2010, 08:08 PM
I have a 55 gallon glass aquarium and i have it filled with a terrarium,
That houses 2 beautiful forest armadillo lizards

My problem is this...

I have three cats and they think they rule the house and they wont keep there furry @$$es out of the tank, even though i've squirted them, yelled and popped there @$$es multiple times...
i want to get/build a lid for it but i'm at wits end with this..
I can easily go buy a metal mesh lid for it but i hate the way they look.

I have a 4' florescent light fixture on top and a heat lamp the clamps to the side
The fixture hold 2 bulbs and it sits almost perfectly flush with the tank top,

please throw me some ideas...

heres what it looks like, but the picture doesnt have the mini clamp lamp on the right side,
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v238/eufa1313/tank.jpg

eufa1313
07-11-2010, 08:20 PM
This is what happens to be housed in my terrarium,

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v238/eufa1313/SNC00508.jpg
Jake & the fatman
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v238/eufa1313/SNC00511.jpg

Helenthereef
07-11-2010, 08:41 PM
How about a sheet of plexiglass with airholes drilled through? Wouldn't change the look of the tank much but should be cat proof.

eufa1313
07-11-2010, 11:15 PM
Yeah i thought about that, cutting it just enough to let the heat lamp have some room to sit... Heres my beautiful paintshop job, lol
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v238/eufa1313/Plexiglasslid.jpg
My only worry about it is about the hole for the heat lamp,
How do i get it to sit properly and will it melt if i cut it to fit the inside lip of the lamp
Or should i cut it larger than the lamp and attach something to it to hold in place securely,
& how would i go about doing these things

i have a 2'' hole saw i can do the air vents with, what about the lamp hole?????

AAARGH!

Helenthereef
07-11-2010, 11:24 PM
I am NO EXPERT, but at a guess I'd say cut the hole for the lamp larger than needed and fill with something like silicone and maybe line with tinfoil to reflect heat away from the plexiglass. You can also buy lamp cages designed to keep animals from physically contacting bulbs - maybe you can get one of those and cut the hole to fit the cage so that there is a space between the bulb and the glass - how big are the occupants?

eufa1313
07-12-2010, 11:22 AM
Not very big at all, maybe 4 to 6 inches (Nose to tail)
They are lazy little buggers too, all they do is lay around, but i guess i'd do that too if i had nothing to do. lol