Temp Gator Tank

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Temp Gator Tank

Postby BWSmith » Fri Sep 16, 2005 8:27 am

Of course, this is just the temporary enclosure for the gator, but I thought I would share. It is a 150 gallon Rubbermade Stock Tank (not that easy to find).

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It basically just had a drain on it. So I headed to Home Depot to harass the employees until they gave me a solution for hooking a hose for drainage. (I am the only one I know that electrocuted myself doing plumbing to the point of going to the E.R.).
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And in a rare moment of foresight, I added casters. You can see that I also elected to have a flat hose handy for filling and draining (otherwise I would leave it outside)
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I also am using an external 5 level canister filtration system rated for 200 gallons. Since the water level is low at the moment since it is a temp enclosure, this will do. Once the final enclosure is finished, I am adding another of the same model.
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For the land area, I have a flat, long piece of Cypress driftwood balanced on the lip. To secure it, a length of PVC is screwed to the bottom and a hollow log mounted over that. There is also a driftwood stump (on the right, can't see it well) that is mostly submerged and acts as a ramp to the basking area. I have double lamps for heat and UVB. They are situated on an old 30 gallon screen top screwed to the top of the stock tank.
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The water is a little dark due to the tannin in the water coming from the cypress wood. May be a good thing actually since it more closely matches the water composition of the swamps in the Okefenokee. Gators can jump forward, but not up very well, so it is secure without a top. Plus, there is nothing for her to grab on to. I have a 400 watt water heater with a built in thermostat, but I elected not to install it right now. The water stays at about 75 degrees. I have jumped in the Okefenokee before, and that water cannot be more than 65 degrees. So I think that the water temps are about perfect.

Of course, anyone who knows me knows that I abide by my dad's philosophy of "there is no doing like overdoing". Soon I am expanding the enclosure so that the entire 150 gallon tank will be just the pond. I am building a new enclosed land area that will attach to the pond. No more details, you will have to wait and see it. ;)
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Postby Bushbaby » Fri Sep 16, 2005 8:31 am

That Gator is so cute, and I am glad to see that there's some people who do it the right way, and not just chuck a gator in a fishtank or summink with no lights, etc.

My wishlist is defenitly growing. lol

Can't wait for the new enclosure. :)
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Postby Corncrazy » Fri Sep 16, 2005 9:40 am

He is very cute, wat does he eat?

Very nice home for him :D
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Postby BWSmith » Fri Sep 16, 2005 4:44 pm

I try to vary the diet. The majority of her diet is large rat pinks. The are small enough that she can swallow them without having to tear them apart. I also substitute mice, hamsters, fish. The nature center is supposed to be giving me some baby quail for her as well. Everything is Frozen/Thawed.
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Postby Sean » Fri Sep 16, 2005 5:01 pm

ohhh the temptation is killing me!

say no more "slap myself on the wrist"
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Postby Bushviper » Sat Sep 17, 2005 11:24 am

Vey nice. I wonder if that drain is going to be wide enough to not get blocked by hair etc.

I have heard that gators tame easily. Is this true?
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Postby Bushbaby » Sat Sep 17, 2005 9:58 pm

You got any pics of him eating?
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Postby Corncrazy » Sun Sep 18, 2005 10:34 am

How big will this little guy get, has he bitten u yet?
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Postby Freddy » Sun Sep 18, 2005 8:23 pm

Seriously cute, thanx 4 sharing! :D
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Postby BWSmith » Tue Sep 20, 2005 10:57 pm

Bushbaby wrote:You got any pics of him eating?


Dang, i never posted the video here. I will throw it in the lizard croc whatever forum ;)
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