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Glass Enclosures

For Bioactive Terrariums & Live Vivariums

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About Our Enclosures:

Backwards-Built Exo Terras Vertically Converted Aquariums Aquarium Based Enclosure Exo Terra 36X18X36 Enclosure
Backwards-Built Exo Terras
Vertically Converted Aquariums
Aquarium Based Enclosure
Exo Terra 36X18X36 Enclosure

Choosing An Enclosure
Every vivarium build is different because every builder is different. For the most part, we customize commercially available enclosures to suit our needs, since it's typically the best bang for your buck. Off-the-shelf enclosures have strong plastic frames which help prevent damage, are easy to come by, and have manufacturer warranties. Many can be used "as is", while others may require some customization to suit the needs of a specific animal species. Exo Terra's terrariums are our most-used brand thanks to their consistent quality & low overall cost, but there are plenty of options we support. Every enclosure mentioned on this page is fully supported through our Bioactive Vivarium Kits. We'll run through each of the types we recommend below!
 
Backwards-Built Exo Terra 36X18X36 Simple Zoo Med 18X18X18 Exo Terra 36X18X24 w/HD Background Kit Backwards-Built Exo Terra 36X18X36
Backwards-Built Exo Terra 36X18X36
Simple Zoo Med 18X18X18
Exo Terra 36X18X24 w/HD Background Kit
Backwards-Built Exo Terra 36X18X36

Working With Exo Terra & Zoo Med Enclosures
The two best selling brands of front opening terrariums are great places to start. Our business manufactures small glass inserts to install on the tops of these enclosures, which help to keep humidity & heat inside while still allowing for an appropriate amount of airflow. We recommend glass inserts for all enclosures which require relative humidity levels over 65%. Heating these enclosures (if required) can be done by mounting under-tank heaters to the side of the enclosures, or small heat lamps on top. (Never above a glass insert, please!) More extreme customizations for the Exo Terra models specifically include building the enclosures backwards, with the background mounted onto the doors of the enclosures so they open from the rear. That's a seriously tough job to do while keeping things looking great, and we only recommend it for especially seasoned & confident builders.
 
Two Vertically Converted 10G Aquariums Budget-Built 20L Aquarium Enclosure Desk-Mounted 55G Terrarium Custom Racks w/Modified Aquariums
Two Vertically Converted 10G Aquariums
Budget-Built 20L Aquarium Enclosure
Desk-Mounted 55G Terrarium
Custom Modified 15G Aquariums

Working With Aquarium Enclosures
Aquariums are the cheapest enclosures to purchase at first, but these generally require more customization than other options. Vertical Conversion Kits are a popular method of making these more useful by tipping them on their side & allowing them to be front-opening. We're a fan of vert kits, however they do have major drawbacks when it comes to adding a heat lamp, heat emitter, or UVB bulb. (All of which are incompatible) Leaving an aquarium in it's standard orientation works well too, however a custom top will be required for long-term success. Standard aquarium glass tops can be used in conjunction with screen tops to keep heat, humidity, and the inhabitants inside the enclosure. Unfortunately the purchase of those two (usually necessary) add-ons often makes an aquarium enclosure slightly more expensive than an equally-sized front opening terrarium. At NEHERP, we typically only use aquariums for custom work where a seamless front is required (see desk-mounted photo above), or for Vertical Conversion Kits. Further customization is always possible, if the builder is up for a challenge!
 
29G Tetrafauna 29G Tetrafauna 29G Tetrafauna (Lower 4) 29G Tetrafauna
29G Tetrafauna
29G Tetrafauna
29G Tetrafauna (Lower 4)
29G Tetrafauna

Working With Tetrafauna Deluxe Enclosures
Tetrafauna's sliding door terrariums came out back in 2010, and we've used them on a number of occasions over the years. They come pre-drilled with a bulkhead, have especially thick glass, are easy to customize, and are priced fairly well. Customizing the top for high-humidity is no different than any other aquarium, only they come with a screen already pre-installed. (Sorry, we don't currently make drop-in glass inserts for these!) The sliding door track has ultra-fine ventilation running it's full length, making it a good choice for a wide variety of ideal conditions. Their removable doors make background work especially easy, and the aquarium-standard sizes make finding a decorative stand especially easy.
 
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Exo Terra Terrariums (For Shipping)

High quality front opening enclosures, 8-12in wide

Exo Terra Terrariums For Shipping
All decor sold separately
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NEHERP Staff Description:
We've built more Exo Terra Terrarium-based enclosures than any other brand. These are high quality, rugged, sleek looking, and are a perfect choice to create a great looking bioactive terrarium. They are also priced extremely well, considering the sizes available. These are by far our best selling terrarium brand, and are completely supported by all of our best selling Bioactive Vivarium Kits. The lower front window is ideal for the required layers of bioactive substrates, which are necessary for true live vivarium construction. All terrariums are shipped with a money-back guarantee.
Manufacturer Description:
The Exo Terra Glass Terrarium is the ideal reptile or amphibian housing designed by European herpetologists. The front opening doors allow easy access for maintenance and feeding. A specially designed lock will prevent escape and the doors can be opened separately. The full screen top ventilation allows UVB and infrared penetration, and is completely removable for easy access while decorating or cleaning. In the back of the screen cover are 5 closable wire or tube inlets on both sides to install heating products, waterfalls, environmental sensors, etc. inside the terrarium. The bottom plate of the terrarium is raised to mount a substrate heater to heat a part of the extended ground surface. The foam rock background is included.
8X8X8 8X8X12 12X12X12
8X8X8 - $29.99/ea
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8X8X8 - PT2599
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Our records show that this product has very little or no stock left at the moment, but we're expecting a shipment imminently. If ordered today, we'd expect it to ship within 1-5 business days.
8X8X8 8X8X12 12X12X12
8X8X12 - $34.99/ea
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8X8X12 - PT2601
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8X8X8 8X8X12 12X12X12
12X12X12 - $49.99/ea
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12X12X12 - PT2600
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8X8X8 8X8X12 12X12X12
12X12X18 - $59.99/ea
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12X12X18 - PT2602
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Our records show that this product has very little or no stock left at the moment, but we're expecting a shipment imminently. If ordered today, we'd expect it to ship within 1-5 business days.
Looking for bigger sizes?
We no longer ship larger enclosures due to the risks involved. FedEx no longer honors claims for glass damage in the event they damage the package, so as of 2019, we can only ship smaller enclosures that we're confident will arrive in good shape. It's totally at our company's risk nowadays, so we've got to be extra careful. Enclosures can still be ordered for pickup, and large quantities of terrariums can be shipped via freight.
Not local or unable to pick up?
Since we can't (safely) ship larger enclosures to you, we recommend checking out your local pet shop. Most places won't carry every size, but any Exo Terra dealer can bring in a terrarium with their next order without incurring a massive shipping fee. We've listed the part numbers you'd need to reference below. They'll be the same for every dealer, so just ask a manager to special order one for you with their next shipment. :-)
Exo Terra Enclosure Sizes + Part Numbers:
12x12x18 PT2602 | 18x18x12 PT2603 | 18x18x18 PT2605 | 18x18x24 PT2607 | 18x18x36 PT2606 | 24x18x12 PT2604 | 24x18x18 PT2610 | 24x18x24 PT2612 | 24x18x36 PT2608 | 36x18x12 PT2611 | 36x18x18 PT2613 | 36x18x24 PT2614 | 36x18x36 PT2609
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Grow Out Enclosure Kit (Live) - 32oz

A convenient temporary home for a variety of tiny animals

Grow Out Enclosure Kit For Hatchling Geckos Grow Out Enclosure Kit For Reptiles & Amphibians
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Single Grow Out Enclosure Kit shown above left. Hatchling Micro Gecko rack w/multiple kits shown above right.
What's a Grow Out Enclosure? What about Plant Lighting? What about Maintenance?
What's a Grow Out Enclosure? What about Plant Lighting? What about Maintenance?
The Purpose Of A Grow Out Enclosure

A grow out enclosure (often just called a "growout") is built to temporarily house an animal for one reason or another. When a hatchling makes it's first steps into the world, there can be benefits of housing it individually, rather than in a group of young'uns or with it's parents. The offspring of certain species are so tiny that they can escape through the cracks of many major brand name enclosures, and many of those enclosures are so large that the little ones would have a hard time searching for food. In situations like these, housing the little animal in his or her own growout will make a keeper's job simpler and the animal's life safer. As soon as the animal grows a little and can be housed in a more permanent home, the growout enclosure can be disassembled, cleaned, and re-purposed or simply discarded. (Hide this paragraph)

Plant Lighting For These Enclosures

There are a handful of different solutions for illuminating these enclosures. Our favorite option is Current Satellite LED+, since they are cool enough to be mounted just a couple inches away from the lids while providing excellent PAR specs at that distance. A less expensive & more powerful option is Jump Start T5HO lighting, which runs hotter & requires them to be mounted a little further from the cups. Either lighting option is available in a variety of lengths, so we'd recommend choosing the one which suits your needs best. With 2-cup-deep rows (pictured above), a 24in fixture can illuminate 10 cups, while a 48in fixture can illuminate 20-22. Moss (not included) can be added for an upgraded aesthetic effect, but it's not truly necessary or practically beneficial in these setups. The plants we include with this kit are very easy to grow, and shouldn't be a problem for even the most novice caregiver when the correct type of lighting is used. Please keep in mind that UVB light will not pass through plastic, and although there's a metal mesh lid on each cup (which allows some UVB to pass), we don't feel comfortable recommending these Grow Out Kits for any species which requires UVB light to synthesize Vitamin D3. (Hide this paragraph)

Maintaining Growout Enclosures

These are not complete live vivarium environments, so some upkeep will be necessary. Having said that, these little kits can perform fairly well if Springtails (not included) are added to help fragment the waste of the inhabitant. Some spot cleaning may be necessary for certain species, but these are still fairly low-maintenance compared to most other options. At NEHERP we mist these enclosures 2-3X daily, feed every other day, and perform spot cleaning as needed. (Hide this paragraph)

Price Comparison: Kits vs. DIY

We designed these kits to be an awesome & convenient deal for enthusiasts & breeders. Every quantity above the "single kit" purchase is discounted a bit below what you'd spend to do it yourself while purchasing the same quality stuff from us. We try to be open & upfront with our pricing, so we've added some data to give you an idea of the costs involved with building 10 or 50 kits by purchasing supplies separately. Keep in mind this doesn't factor-in stuff like bare rooting plants and cutting the wood down to size.

Price List For Building 10 Kits Using Our Supplies (Separately):
Quantity Product Price Price Per Cup
1 Gallon V2 Substrate* $7.49 $0.75
1 50pk Fabrikal 32oz Cups** $9.99 $0.20
10 Vented Mesh Lids $3.00 $0.30
3 3in Pots Vining Plant #1 $8.97 $1.49
3 3in Pots Vining Plant #2 $10.47 $1.74
1 Manzanita Branch* $8.99 $0.89
Expense Purchasing Separately: $48.91 $5.37***
NEHERP Grow Out Kit Cost @ 10qty $47.99 $4.79/ea Cup
★ These are on sale now, so prices are even lower! ★
* Due to the minimum sizes we offer, we expect there will be some left over.
** This is the smallest quantity we sell, leaving 40 cups available for future use.
*** Price per cup total reflects cost of a few unused products.
Price List For Building 50 Kits Using Our Supplies (Separately):
Quantity Product Price Price Per Cup
5 Gallon V2 Substrate* $37.45 $0.75
1 50pk Fabrikal 32oz Cups $9.99 $0.20
50 Vented Mesh Lids $15.00 $0.30
15 3in Pots Vining Plant #1** $44.85 $1.49
15 3in Pots Vining Plant #2 $52.35 $1.74
5 Manzanita Branches* $44.95 $0.74
Expense Purchasing Separately: $219.59 $4.39/ea Cup
NEHERP Grow Out Kit Cost @ 50qty $209.99 $4.19/ea Cup
★ These are on sale now, so prices are even lower! ★
* Due to the minimum sizes we offer, we expect there will be some left over.
** Depending on the plants selected, there may be some left over.

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NEHERP Staff Description:

We've used setups like these to temporarily house a variety of different hatchling species. These are also useful for quarantining small new animal acquisitions. Each kit includes a 32oz FabriKal cup, matching Metal Mesh Lid, small piece of wood decor, substrate, and two live plants. The wood decor is typically Manzanita, hand-cut to fit into a 32oz deli cup. The included substrate is a modified V2 Vivarium Substrate intended to hold a little more moisture for this short-term purpose. Springtails and/or Isopods (not included) will still thrive in this mix, and the growout substrate can later be poured into the animal's permanent home when it's appropriate to help seed it with microfauna. The two live plants we include in every kit are well rooted (equivalent to 2in pots) growers choice varieties. Each type is selected to thrive in a wide range of conditions ranging from 55%-95% relative humidity, and will be specifically labeled with plant species & bare rooted like every other plant we sell. Occasional trimming may be necessary for longer-lived temporary homes, and the plants can also be re-used in the animal's permanent home if desired. To keep maintenance schedules uniform & predictable, we typically include just 2-3 species of plants per order. Kit quantities of 3 and greater will have grouped packaging to keep shipping simple, while maintaining individual plant IDs per package.

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Stock Notification!
Our records show that this product has very little or no stock left at the moment, but we're expecting a shipment imminently. If ordered today, we'd expect it to ship within 1-5 business days.
Each kit includes: 1 32oz Fabrikal cup, 1 vented metal mesh lid, Substrate, 2 small species-labeled plants, and one small piece of wood decor.
Please review our perishable shipping policy before ordering. Please allow up to 5 business days for the 50qty option to process & ship.
This is a very small enclosure for temporarily housing very small young animals. Please do your research & ensure this is an appropriate choice before buying.

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Other Enclosures For Pickup Or Freight Shipping

Special Order Aquariums For Bioactive Vivariums Exo Terra Terrariums Special Order Aquariums For Bioactive Vivariums Front Opening Sliding Door Enclosure For Bioactive Vivarium Zoo Med Naturalistic Terrarium

Due to the risks & rising expenses associated with shipping glass enclosures, all larger sizes are available for either freight shipping or pickup only at our Central Connecticut location. Pallet & forklift service is available to all volume orders, and for anyone purchasing an especially large enclosure. We do our best to be as competitive as possible when it comes to special orders, and the turn-around is typically within 5-6 business days.
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Exo Terra Terrariums

High quality front opening enclosures 18-36in wide

Exo Terra Terrariums
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NEHERP Staff Description:
We've built more Exo Terra Terrarium-based enclosures than any other brand. These are high quality, rugged, sleek looking, and are a perfect choice to create a great looking bioactive terrarium. They are also priced extremely well, considering the sizes available. These are by far our best selling terrarium brand, and are completely supported by all of our best selling Bioactive Vivarium Kits. The lower front window is ideal for the required layers of bioactive substrates, which are necessary for true live vivarium construction. All terrariums are shipped with a money-back guarantee.
Baseline Pricing
Prices do not include possible manufacturer discounts and/or volume breaks for orders $650+.
12x12x18 - PT2602 - $59.99
18x18x18 - PT2605 - $99.99
18x18x24 - PT2607 - $109.99
18x18x24 - PT2607 - $139.99
24x18x12 - PT2604 - $107.99
24x18x18 - PT2610 - $145.99
24x18x24 - PT2612 - $155.99
24x18x36 - PT2608 - $234.99
36x18x12 - PT2611 - $164.99
36x18x18 - PT2613 - $224.99
36x18x24 - PT2614 - $254.99
36x18x36 - PT2609 - $294.99
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Aquariums

From our favorite brand of aquariums, Aqueon

Special Order Aquariums For Bioactive Vivariums
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NEHERP Staff Description
We can special order any type of aquarium upon request, and we do our best to be as competitive as possible. The overwhelming majority of aquariums we use & recommend are built by Aqueon, whose quality seems to be industry standard. We've always had good luck with the brand, and their black trim goes well with the type of work we do. These are also the recommended brand for anyone using a NEHERP Vertical Conversion Kit. Basic sizes (10g, 15g, 20g, 29g) are typically $1.99/gallon, with discounts (sometimes significant) available when the manufacturer runs a promotion. Aquarium prices fluctuate with the market, so don't hesitate to reach out & request a quote. There's no obligation to purchase, and we're always happy to help. If you are looking for an especially big enclosure, we're happy to offer pallet/forklift service to get it onto any vehicle or trailer you bring. Discounts available to anyone looking to purchase in volume.
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Sliding Door Terrariums

High quality sliding door enclosures from Tetrafauna

Front Opening Sliding Door Enclosure For Bioactive Vivarium
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NEHERP Staff Description
Tetrafauna's enclosures feature thick glass, sliding removable doors, a front vent, and a pre-drilled hole for a bulkhead. (Our bulkheads fit, and are a smart upgrade!) They are available to us in front-opening versions of typical aquarium sizes. The 20H version is about 24x12x16, the 29G is 30x12x18, 40G is 36x18x16, and the massive 75G is 48X18X21. Retail pricing ranges from $119.57-$286.08, but our especially competitive prices vary depending on manufacturer specials. TetraFauna Terrariums are non-stock items available for pickup or freight transit only. We receive product from distributors weekly, so there won't be much of a wait time if you decide to order.
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Zoo Med Naturalistic Terrariums

Zoo Med's high quality single-door glass terrariums

Zoo Med Naturalistic Terrarium
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NEHERP Staff Description
Zoo Med's terrariums are a special-order & pickup only item through us, due to their packaging preventing reliably safe shipping. We've always been fans of Zoo Med's terrarium design, and love that they are made here in the USA. Zoo Med enclosures feature a stainless steel screen, snap-shut (single) door, and 6 tubing/power slots for accessories to be added. Prices change depending on manufacturer specials, so don't hesitate to request a quote. We can bring in any Zoo Med terrarium (not just the ones pictured), so feel free to inquire below.
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