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Old 03-20-2017, 08:21 AM   #11
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I think if you want anything else 5 foot long it would either be diy or a glass tank though. There is also a double detolf, as Amity has mentioned before. Two detolf's joined together to make double the depth. That would be massive though and still only about 36cm tall and involve cutting glass panels out I think by removing the sealant.

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Old 03-20-2017, 08:26 AM   #12
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DIY is probably the best alternative choice,unless you feel comfortable spending a massive amount more than necessary on custom glass vivariums and such(which may not even be as big).

You can find the most cost effective sources of acrylic and melamine(MDF,as it may be called)and save yourself a bit of money!Plus,if you get a good rate on a whole sheet of melamine it can be cost effective as well as long as you can get it cut to size.Just make sure to only use sealant on the edges rather than to hold acrylic to melamine(careful slow drilling and attaching with I believe screws would be best),as acrylic does not bond using aquarium sealant and it would eventually just fall apart.
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Thanks all! And i will look into the eco home im not very good with d.i.y so thats a no go for me! Thanks all!
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I would ring the vivarium place and find out more about it If it's the size and price you want it might be fine. I think I would want to know what "laminated" meant and whether it had melamine on the inside or whatever. Personally I'm just a bit wary about anything that could give off chemical fumes.
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Old 03-22-2017, 03:04 PM   #15
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Ah well spotted Amity! It does say formaldehyde free. It's hard to tell from a picture but it does still look like bare chipboard although mentions "laminate plate", so maybe it is laminated on the inside? Maybe you could ring them and ask. I think otherwise I'd still be a bit iffy about chipboard and the chemicals.

Junglepets make custom built tanks. They make specific ones for hamsters which come with a wood and mesh lid, but none of those are particularly large.

They will make one any size you want but something the size of that vivarium would probably cost about 150.

The biggest hamster one is 4 foot but it's only 15" deep which is worse than the detolf

I think I was quoted about 125 for 100cm x 50cm x 50cm tall a year or so ago.

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Custom aquaria also make custom tanks like Hamsterita's. They would again make any size you want, with a platform if required, and a deep base with front opening doors above and a mesh lid. But 150 to 200 ish probably.

You could just get a tall kitchen larger unit carcass and tip it on its back and make a mesh lid It is mdf but enclosed in melamine. It would come flatpack so you could maybe replace one panel with perspex.

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There is also the Living World Green Eco Habitat - the large one has excellent floorspace - it's just under 4 foot wide but is also 78cm deep so a huge floor area. Also 150 though.

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Old 03-22-2017, 04:04 PM   #16
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It isn't likely,but I don't think anything is truly impossible.You'd have even worse ventilation with the Eco Habitat though,and that would need meshing on the top to be suitable.The vivarium with the small section of the bottom modified would be much better,and would have better floor space
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