So I’m back again… and trying to figure out the best value for my money on racks.
I inintially thought that I wanted to buy an ARS rack, getting 3 levels of the 5540, and 3 levels of the 7030.
This would put all of my breeder females in there, along with having 3 empty spots for other breeding females in the 70 series.
The 3 levels of the 55 tubs would be for housing grow out females, and my adult males. (or was my inital plan anyhow). Currently I’ve got 5 breeder males, and 2 grow out males that are sub 300g still) Along with having 5 grow out females ranging from 150g up to 500g.
I didn’t produce any eggs this year, as I had to take some time off.
Current rack set ups are as follows: Cserpents 18 tub hatchling rack x 2. I feel like I’m set for hatchling space for a while now, If not I can always add another hatchling rack on top of the one I currently have. I’ve got plans to breed 5 or 6 of the breeder females in the upcoming season.
I’ve got a home made (first rack I purchased, melamine combo rack) that is 5 levels. Similar to the AP combo racks, it can hold a 16 qt tub or a 28 qt tub. I’d like to get rid of this rack, as its on the small side, I can’t exactly stack on top of it. and its not made the best.
I’ve got a rack from an unknown origin, that is a 7 level rack that holds 41 qt sterilite tubs. I’m not 100% certain what this is made of, nor where it came from. IF the tubs fit in the rack better, I’d be inclined to keep it, as I think it’s pretty cool and unique. However the shelves are not all the best fit, the tubs squeak and are too tight on some shelves. It seems to be made out of a much harder plastic than the standard PVC material, and its glossy. This leads me to think its made of some type of HDPE or something similar. The shelves are made of a clear plastic, which is a cool look, again just not the best fit. I’m including a pic of this rack, along with a pic of the melamine rack, I no longer live here so I’ve got a bit more room, but i had to build the shelf for the 70 qt rack to set my pvc enclosure on top of. just as a reference to what I’m currently using.
My biggest question for anyone that’s managed to read all of this and is still here… what’s my best route to go?
Should I pursue the ARS racks, and just let growouts have larger tubs? i assume the dark grey of the ARS tubs will help aleviate issues with eating problems from too large of an enclosure, but would like to hear others input on that.
Should I go the route of VE-6 racks along with some of the VE super 70 racks? I’ve found a pretty good deal on a set up of 2 VE-6 racks near me, with some extra thermostats for less than what buying new would be. Along with finding a good deal on a new in box super 70 series 2 rack from another individual in the same area…
My budget is right around $2k that I’ve currently got set aside. I know most racks have good resale value, so I’m not worried about having to change it up in the future if I need to, but would like to try to get it right the first time.
Any input from anyone is greatly appreciated and I’ll consider all of the info.
Thanks for reading!