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    DIY racks vs Rhinoraxx, boaphile, animal plastics, etc

    hey there,
    i am by no means a carpenter or anything...and i don't have any tools that would be useful in building a rack. so i was just wondering weather you guys think pre-built/wired/heated/tubbed racks are worth the huge price or not. i was thinking of getting 3 of these:

    Rhinoraxx

    they are really expensive, but i think it would bring me peace of mind to know that everything was all already done for me.

    anybody have any experience with these, or other types of pre-made rack systems? do you think they're worth it, or should i just try my very best at building one myself? thanks!

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    Re: DIY racks vs Rhinoraxx, boaphile, animal plastics, etc

    I have the Rhinoraxx and they are good sturdy racks. They only con is that they take 4-6 weeks to be delivered. The price includes both heat, tubs and shipping so you don't have to worry about finding the right size tub ect.
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    Re: DIY racks vs Rhinoraxx, boaphile, animal plastics, etc

    Did you look at Reptile Basics racks as well?

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    Re: DIY racks vs Rhinoraxx, boaphile, animal plastics, etc

    yes, i did look at reptile basics, thanks! the only thing that led me to want the rhinoraxx over the reptile basics is the CB-70's i believe only come in 30.6 quart tubs, and the rhinoraxx are 41 quart. i personally don't think 30 quarts is enough floor space for a full-grown ball python.

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    Re: DIY racks vs Rhinoraxx, boaphile, animal plastics, etc

    Quote Originally Posted by katia View Post
    yes, i did look at reptile basics, thanks! the only thing that led me to want the rhinoraxx over the reptile basics is the CB-70's i believe only come in 30.6 quart tubs, and the rhinoraxx are 41 quart. i personally don't think 30 quarts is enough floor space for a full-grown ball python.
    If I remember right, CB-70's actually have a little bit larger footprint than the Sterilite 41qt tubs, but have a little less head room.

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    Re: DIY racks vs Rhinoraxx, boaphile, animal plastics, etc

    wow, thanks m00kfu! i checked, and it seems their footprint is nearly the same! with that in mind, anyone that's had experience with both, which would you go for, animal plastics or rhinoraxx?

    i really like the way rhinoraxx are heated, i've never used back heat or "dual-sided radiant," and to me belly heat seems to make more sense. am i mistaken? is this quite common? this is what animal plastics site says about the CB70's

    "Dual side radiant is the preferred heating choice. In this line of racks it is 11" flexwatt running

    down both inner sides of the rack about 25% of the way in from the back. This still provides

    a wonderful gradient of heat. This system actually heats the ambient air temperature inside the

    tub, not just the belly of the animals. It is a much safer and more efficient way to heat rack systems."

    opinions?

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    Re: DIY racks vs Rhinoraxx, boaphile, animal plastics, etc

    I like my boaphile rack more then my ap rack but its just personal preference

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    Re: DIY racks vs Rhinoraxx, boaphile, animal plastics, etc

    Denial, howcome you like boaphile more?

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    Re: DIY racks vs Rhinoraxx, boaphile, animal plastics, etc

    I love my AP racks, and the price is great.
    I'm building a couple of super cheap temporary racks this year, though--feeling the budget crunch!
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    Re: DIY racks vs Rhinoraxx, boaphile, animal plastics, etc

    thanks everyone, i've fully decided on the rhinoraxx. the ball room rack tubs have a much larger footprint than the AP CB70's, so i can take comfort that all my BP's can be comfortable no matter how large they get - the rhinoraxx ballroom rack comes with tubs that are nearly 3 feet long! they are going to be pricey for sure but it's cheaper than buying a rack and then finding it to be too small somewhere down the line. thanks for everyones input! it will be quite awhile before i order them, but when i do, there will be pics!

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