We loved that the Exo Terra tank was spacious and well-ventilated. The dual front doors make access to the tank simple and secure. Kit comes with all the accessories you need to get started. The foam back and rope vines provide quality climbing options for small, active reptiles.
Sits at a higher price point than its competitors.
Assembly of this tank is simple and fast. The large front glass door opens wide, making cleaning the tank a breeze. Features top lighting system. The screen top latches securely to the tank so there is no fear of your little critter escaping.
The included water dish was quite small – may be too shallow.
We were pleasantly surprised at the durability of the top screen. It is thick and able to support the included lamps with ease. Comes with both a daytime and nighttime lamp. Also includes a humidity and temperature gauge, which we found helpful.
The included light bulbs burn out quickly. We suggest purchasing some backups.
The screen is sturdy but lightweight. We love how the bottom slips out for easy cleaning. While it's a quality choice for reptiles, the Zoo Med ReptiBreeze would work well for butterflies, too. It makes an excellent environment for raising baby reptiles.
Assembly was confusing and decorative items were not included.
Our favorite part of the Aqua Culture kit was the included food sample. Included lighting is of good quality and easy to use for newcomers. Basking platform provides a lovely area for turtles to lounge and soak up the heat. The screen top locks in securely as well.
The included filter was not the best, so you may want to purchase a better one separately if using the tank for fish.
Keeping reptiles as pets takes a lot of supplies, and a reptile habitat starter kit is the perfect purchase for novices or anyone planning to own a new reptilian pet. In addition to a sturdy glass tank, a kit contains components such as a heat source with bulbs, thermometer, secure lid, reptile food, bowls, and terrarium decor like bottom cover and objects for for reptiles to climb. It’s important to keep in mind that each kit is different, so you will have to purchase additional items if you choose a less comprehensive option. In addition, take the size of your pet – and how large it is expected to grow – into consideration and compare the tank sizes in the kits your are considering before you choose.
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