In the center of the room, sheets of plywood to protect the
carpet and provide a little air circulation. On top of the plywood
platform, a ring of crates that surround a central "clearing". Cover
the whole crate/plywood structure with heavy plastic sheeting.
Potted Ficus alli trees and schefflera of different heights set
on the crates or around the edges.
A network of climbing branches from tree to tree, to lights, etc.
wired to tree trunks.
UVB and basking spotlights hung from the ceiling by hanging plant
RainMaker Jr. misting system
crosses the center of the "forest"
from a stand in the corner of the room where the reservoir sits. All
the spray is aimed to hit the tarp/tree area.
An ultrasonic room humidifier up on stacked crates between 2
In the central opening several inches of CareFresh cage bedding
to absorb and hold moisture (raises the room humidity).
A depression for accumulated water that I drain with a small
portable pump into a bucket.
So, basically, I created an island forest in the room. I can walk
all around it and all the electrical cords run to various wall
outlets. When I need to clean out the bedding I shovel it into a
trashcan and dump it outside. I find its much easier to maintain
than a cage big enough for the melleri as I don't have to climb into
Problems: the lights are hard to reach to change bulbs. Aiming
the spray nozzles can be tricky as the chams love to walk or sleep
along the water tubing and mess up the aim. I run everything on
timers so all I basically do is change bulbs, fill reservoirs, drain
water, and feed the chams. I do spray them individually for drinking
though. I can hang feeding bins in the branches for them to find and
shoot from. The bins are removed after each feeding and set in
different spots next time.
The ficus and schefflera are growing like crazy and I have to
prune them back.
In summer I run a small fan in the room doorway to keep the room
from getting too hot. I guess that's it. Enjoy!