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PostSubject: NEW RACK!!!!   Tue Jan 17, 2012 8:31 pm

Just put the new ARS rack into the Ballroom. Looks pretty good sitting next to my existing ARS. I LOVE these cages:

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PostSubject: Re: NEW RACK!!!!   Tue Jan 17, 2012 8:50 pm

Really nice! I haven't heard anything but the best about them.
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PostSubject: Re: NEW RACK!!!!   Tue Jan 17, 2012 9:45 pm

Ars are such awesome racks
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PostSubject: Re: NEW RACK!!!!   Tue Jan 17, 2012 10:56 pm

Vary nice Don. Congrats. What does one like that run?
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PostSubject: Re: NEW RACK!!!!   Tue Jan 17, 2012 11:04 pm

They are pricey. With the upgrades it is around $2800. However, it will last the life of the snakes. And, when you consider it's under $100 per snake. It isn't a bad investment.
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PostSubject: Re: NEW RACK!!!!   Wed Jan 18, 2012 1:00 am

Thanks I may have to work on that. What's a few more pond job.
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PostSubject: Re: NEW RACK!!!!   Wed Jan 18, 2012 1:54 am

Are those tubs big enough for 2500-3000 gram females? How big do you get them before moving them into this rack? Does that 2800 include heat, tubs, and shipping. I am really considering going this route after this season. Thanks for any info.
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PostSubject: Re: NEW RACK!!!!   Wed Jan 18, 2012 10:22 am

WOW, nice rack Don
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PostSubject: Re: NEW RACK!!!!   Wed Jan 18, 2012 10:30 am

Yes, those tubs are big enough for 3000 gram females. I've got some in them now. The tubs are roughly the same size as the CB-70 tubs (41 qt). I've moved snakes as small as 300 - 400 grams into these, but I also put at least one (sometimes two) hide in to make them feel comfortable. They are much easier to clean and work with than PVC racks and because they are mostly metal, I feel they are a little safer as far as fires go.

The $2,800 included an upgrade from 4 inch to 6 inch heating elements. I just looked at the invoice and it was actually $2,900 but that included shipping. Shipping is a little cheaper than Freedom Breeder because FB is located in California, which adds shipping costs.

Another great thing is that each shelf or row is powered by itself. So if you aren't using a shelf, you can unplug it and save the electricity. You just need to be sure you don't unplug the strip that you attached the thermostat probe. Also, they now come with a Vivarium Electronics 300 Thermostat. I added another VE 100 as a backup safety.

The tubs come in multiple styles. He has one that has a cup holder for a 16 oz. deli cup of water. I think those would be harder to clean and I use bogus paper as a substrate, so I go with the gray tubs without cup holders.

The owner of the company, Brian is a really nice guy and will take plenty of time to answer any questions. Check out their website at: www.arscaging.com.



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PostSubject: Re: NEW RACK!!!!   Wed Jan 18, 2012 11:10 am

Hope you don't mind me picking your brain about your racks. Something I've always worried with this style rack is the open tops. It looks like your racks might be in a basement. Do you have any trouble with the tub holding heat? What temp do you keep your room? I keep my house at 68 in the winter but with the closed PVC racks I've never had a problem. I worry with an open top rack 68 would be way to cold. How about humidity? Sorry for so many questions.
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PostSubject: Re: NEW RACK!!!!   Wed Jan 18, 2012 11:18 am

No problem. My reptile room is in my basement. The room is kept at 75 degrees with an oil filled heater and I have a large humidifier in the room set to 55%. I had PVC racks, but never had much luck breeding in them. Almost gave up, then tried the ARS and had much better luck. I think the flow of air and thermal gradient in the ARS racks are a little better for my purposes.

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PostSubject: Re: NEW RACK!!!!   Wed Jan 18, 2012 11:20 am

Looks great Don! I am excited to have our "reptile room" when we move... we may have to look into something like that... looks a little more convenient and like it doesnt take up TOO much space.
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PostSubject: Re: NEW RACK!!!!   Wed Jan 18, 2012 11:54 am

Zues, the other thing I really like about these racks is they are on heavy duty casters. When you want to move the rack to clean under them, or just reposition them somewhere else, they move very easily.
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PostSubject: Re: NEW RACK!!!!   Wed Jan 18, 2012 12:07 pm

About how long did it take to receive it after ordering?
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PostSubject: Re: NEW RACK!!!!   Wed Jan 18, 2012 12:15 pm

If I didn't want the tubs that I wanted, it would have shipped out within a week. Because he had to make a run of the gray tubs without cup holders, it delayed it three weeks.
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PostSubject: Re: NEW RACK!!!!   Wed Jan 18, 2012 12:28 pm

That's incredible. Sounds like a really well-run company. Even a 3 week delay is more than reasonable for a quality rack like that. Enjoy it Don!
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PostSubject: Re: NEW RACK!!!!   Wed Jan 18, 2012 6:28 pm

i'm not worthy. curious why u didnt get the tubs with the cup holder? thought that was a pretty nifty idea.
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PostSubject: Re: NEW RACK!!!!   Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:19 pm

cup holders would mean that I would have to use a different substrate (I use bogus paper, similar to news paper) and urates and feces would be harder to clean around the holder.
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PostSubject: Re: NEW RACK!!!!   Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:23 pm

Don you had me doing research all day looking at new racks. The tops of these racks are not anywhere near as open as I thought they were. I was thinking they were the metal mesh like the old freedom breeders. I definitely see some of these in my future.
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PostSubject: Re: NEW RACK!!!!   Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:39 pm

If you are ever in the area, give me a call and I'll have you over to see the racks.
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PostSubject: Re: NEW RACK!!!!   Wed Jan 18, 2012 10:52 pm

man u r way smarter than i am. never gave a thought to using paper. there are 2 of these on craigslist used (a hatchling rack and an adult) right now. i wish i had the 3 grand to buy em. oh and a door i could fit em through.
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PostSubject: Re: NEW RACK!!!!   Thu Jan 19, 2012 10:13 am

I want these racks! I've been looking at them for ages now. I just need to save up the money to get them.

They look really professional and neat sitting there, Don.
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PostSubject: Re: NEW RACK!!!!   Sat Jan 21, 2012 10:32 pm

It is BEAUTIMOUS, Don! Maybe we can all visit sometime!
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