5 Critical Questions to Ask Before Buying Your Next Enclosure - Part 3: How Easy Is It To Set Up?

In this five-part series, you'll learn how to pick out an enclosure that will help you avoid the common problems in enclosed habitats and instead create a naturalistic habitat that is easy to manage and reliably mimics your desired natural ecosystem.


This seems simple, but setting up a well-functioning miniature ecosystem can get really complicated! But, it doesn't have to be hard.  It just takes some forethought.

We aren't talking about simply dumping some sand and colorful shells in an aquarium for a hermit crab, though.  We are talking about setting up the kind of enclosure that functions like an actual miniature ecosystem. 

If we let nature do what she does naturally, we save ourselves a lot of time (and headaches!) solving the problems that inevitably come up in a traditional enclosed habitat.  Emulating nature in our enclosures prevents most of those problems.  But making a nature emulating enclosure does take some thought and planning ahead of time.

Here's what you need to know:

Simplify the set-up process by planning for nature-emulating functions.

You can simplify the set-up process if you choose an enclosure that already has the necessary functions incorporated into the design.  While most enclosures will be stand-alone products, some, like ours, arrive with fans and tubing pre-installed to save you time, as well as customized packages that include lighting, substrate material, and more, so you can save time and effort in gathering all you need to set up.


If your enclosure doesn’t have all the necessary functions for environment simulation listed in Question 1, then you will need to find a way to add these functions by modifying or adding-to the enclosure. This adds time and complexity to your set-up process. That's okay as long as you are prepared ahead of time.


Get Adequate Support

You don't have to go it alone. If you've never set up a naturalistic enclosure before, you may not even know what questions you'll need answered until you sit down to set everything up.  So, it's VERY helpful to have an expert available to ask questions about your enclosure and the habitat you are creating. Make sure you have the support you need to put everything together quickly and easily. 

All of our enclosures come with free phone and e-mail support to answer any questions you have about setting up your enclosure and getting your habitat established.

Up Next - Part 4: What Will It Take To Maintain?


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