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stayfrosty04
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PostSubject: Designing Enclosures...   10/10/2012, 12:53 am

what materials are good for water dish and hides?
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PostSubject: Re: Designing Enclosures...   10/10/2012, 1:31 am

For my desert scorpions I just use cottage cheese container tops and it works great! But then again I have desert scorpions so dont really need water dishes haha.
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PostSubject: Re: Designing Enclosures...   10/10/2012, 3:54 am

haha i got forest scorpions...they really need water i guess -_-
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PostSubject: Re: Designing Enclosures...   10/10/2012, 5:34 am

For most forest scorpions, it is ideal to provide a water dish at all times.

Any shallow water dish would be fine.

You may wish to be specific in your questions, what scorpion are you referring to? it's instar/ size? scratch
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PostSubject: Re: Designing Enclosures...   10/10/2012, 10:13 am

I've used some ceramic pots and pot base holders for both. Pending on the instar, you can break the pots down or just use them whole. I got them all at the $ store.

For our smaller inverts, I break the pots, dremel down any sharp edges to smooth, and you've got a unique hide each time. DON'T do this if you don't sand/dremel the edges, they are sharp, and watch out for your fingers too!

The pot bases IMO look better than a pop bottle lid or plasitc container lid, in terms of presentation. But, if you don't care what it looks like then I'd go with what GS says, he's kind of a guru
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PostSubject: Re: Designing Enclosures...   10/10/2012, 12:18 pm

I've found that unglazed terra cotta flower pot bases don't do a very good job of holding water. They're porous and absorb the water within a day. Glazed versions, if you can find them, work much better. Small dipping sauce bowls also make good water dishes. You can usually find a wide selection of dipping bowls at stores like Pier 1 Imports for $1 apiece.

Dipping sauce bowls:
 
Broken flower pots, both glazed and unglazed, work well for hides, as do broken ceramic dishes and coffee cups. As mentioned by AaronCo2, knock off any sharp edges with a dremel tool or file. I've had some small patches of mold develop on the terra cotta flower pot hides I use in my Emperor enclosure, but it's minimal and nothing to worry about. For tropical enclosures, I strongly recommend not using the half log (pine? fir?) hides sold in most pet shops. They will start to mold extensively in a day or two. If you want a wood hide, use cork bark instead; it's resistant to mold.

Moldy log hide:
 
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PostSubject: Re: Designing Enclosures...   10/10/2012, 1:26 pm

AaronCo2 wrote:
if you don't care what it looks like then I'd go with what GS says
Sadly, i do not have the luxury of time/space to do something naturalistic for my breeding projects.
My way of keeping inverts are mostly laboratory style. As long as they have no issue breeding, it's fine Smile

@Richard
Great post.

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PostSubject: Re: Designing Enclosures...   10/11/2012, 10:56 pm

GS wrote:
AaronCo2 wrote:
if you don't care what it looks like then I'd go with what GS says
Sadly, i do not have the luxury of time/space to do something naturalistic for my breeding projects.
My way of keeping inverts are mostly laboratory style. As long as they have no issue breeding, it's fine Smile

@Richard
Great post.


After reading my post again.... I'm like aahhh crap I sound like a snob! Embarassed lol. Not how I meant it GS! my bad. Not to mention I have probably 1/10 the size of collection, so I can splurge a little on stuff.

I have the glazed terracota, but; I actually like shebeen's idea much better, I now have some shopping ahead of me.

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