iHerp Answers! mail us Problem? search Search       Create an Account, It's Free!
  Home > iHerp Answers > How to make space for more reptile cages in room?
Q: How to make space for more reptile cages in room?
Posted By:


Hey guys! I'm brand new to this forum and have a question Tongue out

I want to expand my reptile collection but I'm having a really hard time making room! How do you keep so many tanks/cages/terrariums when you don't have much space?

So I have a Leopard Gecko, in a 20 gallon long.
A 20 gallon long has my 2 hatchling Southern Painted Turtles in it, which will soon be upgraded to a 40 gallon.
A 10 gallon planted tank with guppies and RCS
A 5 gallon, guppy fry
A 10 gallon, with Long Toed Salamanders
And a 12 gallon, with my small Black Moor Goldfish.

I want to get a Bluey (Blue Tongue Skink) because they are so cute and I think the bond you can have with them is awesome Smile

Points: 150
Topics: General Health , Caging
Tags: Cages, Moreroom, Reptile, Space
Administrative: Show/Hide

Member Comment 5/26/2013 6:44:48 PM


Stackable cages. Or something like this..... http://www.uline.com/Grp_263/Wire-Shelving

Accepted Answer 5/26/2013 8:16:24 PM


Between the goldfish (really needs to be in a 20gal as it gets bigger, could put into the turtle's 20g when they are upgraded), the BTS (will need a 40g breeder), & the turtles (which you are moving to a 40), i'd go for these:


That size fits 40gal breeders perfectly & can hold some serious weight. Plus easily found at places like Lowes & Home Depot.

Assisted Answer 5/26/2013 8:34:29 PM


if you are going to have tanks with water go with the ones niki suggested, I use wire shelving for all of my tanks mine are 36x16 and hold 29 gallon,20 long or three ten gallon tanks perfectly for me on a shelf, shop around you can find them anywhere so you dont have to pay shipping. 

Assisted Answer 5/27/2013 12:32:47 PM


Turn your tanks on the long axis. The animals will not mind one bit, and each tank will only take up 10"-18" of wall space. When that is all full then go up.

Assisted Answer 5/27/2013 3:58:57 PM


That doesn't work on everything.

Especially her list of current pets & the one future addition.

Member Comment 5/27/2013 4:00:59 PM


why not? I bred thousands of fish, and ran a petshop and set everything up in this manner.

Member Comment 5/27/2013 5:14:35 PM


I'm sorry! I totally misread/understood what you posted, lol! I somehow I pictured them standing up (it was a long day at work!) like arboreal caging Laughing Was thinking, "How the hell would you keep fish in!?!"

Assisted Answer 5/27/2013 6:48:32 PM


I agree completely with the adjustable style shelving, since you need tanks for many of those animals.  Then you can adjust the shelves to fit the heat lamps.  I told you you'd get better answers here :)

Assisted Answer 5/30/2013 7:28:52 AM


I agree with Cenobite on the shelving.... I have a lot of snakes and other reptiles, and pretty much every horizontal surface in our house has a tank of some sort on it.  However in my bedroom I use the shelving/racks sort of like Cenobite mentioned, however, the metal adjustable ones are pretty expensive...what I used was plastic garage-type storage shelving like this:

Plastic Shelving from Walmart

Those cost only $20 or so at Walmart, and what I did with mine was to cover the poles and shelves with self-adhesive shelving paper to match my bedroom, so not only does it save space on stacking tanks, especially 20 gallon longs or 10 gallons, but it's also very affordable and can be painted or covered with shelving paper to match the theme of your room.  

Just an idea! :)

Assisted Answer 5/31/2013 12:13:39 AM

Blues Bayou

I use the same type that Cenobite discribed. A word of caution: ensure that if you go with shelves, that your tank weight does not exceed the shelf limit. there as many pros/cons as there are types of shelves. Niki P describes the tough rack - an almost industrial strength shelf - except for the press board inserts, if they get wet, they will swell, then fall apart. the all wire that Cenobite describes are great but there are a few different companies that make them. the Wal-Mart versions are..well.. Wal-Mart versions.... Home Depot sells them as well at a higher cost, but better quality and greater weight loads. I have used all of the examples that I mentioned and for your application, I would go with the wire racks from HD - provided that you are not setting up on a carpeted surface... See, pro/cons abound....

Assisted Answer 6/3/2013 3:35:34 PM


I don't have that many pets but I now stacking and I agree with Cenobite & Blues the HD ones can hold a lot of weight I have them in my basement.

Assisted Answer 6/10/2013 2:53:13 PM


snlash, how much weight do those hold? I was concerned about capacity. I use the chrome shelving (pictured by George). 18" deep and 6 ft high is about $100 retail, but they go on sale often if you watch, and you can put 300 lbs / shelf.  perfect for a 40-gallon breeder with a semi-natural setup, lots of heavy dirt and rocks and stuff.

Assisted Answer 6/10/2013 2:55:55 PM

We do the wire shelfs target makes. The smaller version will fit the 20Ls perfectly ($50) and the larger size fits the 40 breeders well ($60). They come with 5 shelves but we never use all of them. They are adjustable and super easy to put together or change the shelf height. Only thing I don't like is they don't have castors. But that's easily fixed by adding those furniture sliding things under each leg :) I love these shelves. They can hold up to 350lbs per shelf so you can keep your fish and turtle tanks on them (water weighs 7lbs per gallon just to give you an estimate if how strong they will have to be). And if you no longer need them they are easy to break down and store :) hope that helps!
Member Comment 6/10/2013 5:06:09 PM


Aimee, I have on mine (the exact model I showed) on the top shelf a 40 gallon breeder with adult female bearded dragon and lots of heavy decos.  Below her on the next shelf is Jade, my racer, in a 20 gallon long with hide, water bowl and decos, and below that I have a 20 gallon long with a mexican black kingsnake with all his stuff.  So for me it holds two 20 gallons with one 40 gallon breeder with no problem...just make sure it's not top heavy!!  I wouldn't trust it with a bunch of fish aquariums, but for snakes and lizards, the plastic ones work good for me. 

Assisted Answer 6/11/2013 12:48:26 AM

We use the heavy duty shelving in our store and since its deeper, its easy to rotate the tanks and not have overhang. When we need more space we rotate them to display the side and pull water/food dishes closer to the display side making it easier to change. When we sell an animal and need to fill a gap, we just flip another tank to display the front.
Assisted Answer 6/11/2013 5:48:09 AM


You can buy similar shelves to the ones Cenobite posted up top at Target for thirty dollars per unit. (Those are two units side by side.) We use them at my work at they hold a massive amount of weight and are really sturdy. I'm buying myself a set next paycheck!

Assisted Answer 6/23/2013 10:19:58 AM


use shelves like those posted above and make space of everything! I use my bookshelf, my dresser, and my closet has the doors off and no longer has clothes but tarantulas and soon crayfish.

Member Comment 6/27/2013 2:46:34 PM


This question has had no activity for 14 days and will be closed by an administrator unless the original poster takes action.

Recommended Action: Points awarded

An administrator will select responses and assign points at their discretion.

Original poster, please close this question out and assign points. If you have any further information in the resolution of your problem, please post it here so that others may learn from it.

You are not logged in. If you would like to participate (it's free!), you must log in, or Become a Member!

Member Login
Forgot My Password
Copyright ©2008, All Rights Reserved. iHerp, LLC | Terms of Use 2/21/2020 11:04:49 AM |