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Where to buy glass enclosures cheap

Discussion in 'Growing Areas' started by J E, Feb 10, 2022.

  1. J E

    J E Jaime Escobedo

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    I severely need to upgrade my overcrowded highland setup (been on my list for over a year), looking for a preferably front opening glass enclosure (think the exoterra ones) bigger than 24×36×24 (current size). I'm a college student so really can't afford anything unreasonable (i have budgeted 100 towards the project but can be flexible, just would rather spend the money on more plants). As of now i have no experience with glass working so handmade/diy is not currently in the picture. Any advice is appreciated if you all have a source or recommendations.
     
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    Ray Orchid Iconoclast Supporting Member

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    Keep an eye on PETCO, and they will periodically hold a "Dollar-a-Gallon" sale on aquariums up to 75 gallons capacity. Not open-front, but unless you find someone selling a used enclosure, you'd probably have to do it yourself.

    I have, on occasion seen florists' coolers and wine coolers for sale...
     
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    Alex Shepack Active Member

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    Does it need to be glass?
    I've found the ExoTerra rarely drop much in price. The cheapest prices you'll find are usually at reptile shows, but the XL will still run ~$300. I occasionally see cheaper ones used - best bet for those is Facebook Marketplace or joining a Facebook group of local frog/terrarium people.

    If you are okay not using glass, I'm a big fan of the smallest VivoSun tents. They've got a variety of smaller sizes - I've got a couple of the 30" x 18" x 36". Those are generally less than $100, and you could probably find a gray market brand for even less.

    To echo what Ray said, you can also sometimes find wine coolers for less than $100 (or about that price). Again, Facebook Marketplace is a great stop for them. I found a scratch/dent store near me that had a bunch of wine coolers available for really cheap. Some were a bit banged up, but all working.
     
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    J E Jaime Escobedo

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    Thanks Rey and Alex, Material doesn't matter, as long as I got get a light fixture on top. ++ Acrylic scratches and gets uv damage or bends so i want to avoid it.

    I'll check Facebook marketplace, and I'll look into vivosun, haven't heard of them before. I am looking to set up a wine cooler but that's a separate project in my mind. This is just for average cool+intermediate/cool growers because i live in mostly warm climate.
     
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    Alex Shepack Active Member

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    Gotcha! Definitely check out Facebook Marketplace.

    As for the VivoSun, they’re nice. The lights have to go into the tent though, so you’d want a pretty cool running LED to keep the temp down.
     
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    You may have some luck on Craigslist. People will sometimes sell old aquariums at quite low prices, if you'll come and haul it away for them. Might need a good scrubbing, though.
     
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    J E Jaime Escobedo

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    Thanks again.
    Tents might be a problem since i don't yet have an LED setup for this scale, just a single supplemental shop light and it cost as much as the whole 36in t8 florescent fixture plus 4 bulbs.