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Hello and welcome to a new technical or practical episode of ReptilTV
We thought that technical sounds too technological, practical is often a better word.
Our topic today is irrigation systems or irrigation systems versus
the good old spraying by hand method.
First of all, these spray bottles, you pull this almost to the top and then press here.
They are easy to use. With the others you have to pump and that is hard work for the arm muscles.
As always, a great little item, because the good thing is that
If I use it every day or every two days, I open up the terrarium and spray.
Then I see the animal, I notice the climate in the terrarium, and I simply have contact.
Especially with a snake terrarium, where I feed only once a week or change the water only every 2 days
I have at least one reason to open the panel once a day and to spray,
in order to increase air humidity. That is what we achieve with spray bottles,
for we want this tropical climate, the high air humidity, which we don't have in the home.
So we have to add water to the terrarium.
Apart from moss and such aids, spraying is almost the only way.
That's why I like this method and recommend it to my customers.
It gives you more contact with your animals, with the terrarium, if you do it once a day.
Look in, spray. While you are spraying you look around and see the animal.
That's why I like this method.
If you have a large terrarium or many terrariums, or want to do it professionally,
then sprinkling machines or spray machines like these are used.
These are ExoTerra machines, they come in large and small.
Then there is our M&S system, which we have been selling for almost 10 years.
These are products I can recommend.
Not only because we sell them, but because they really do work.
I advise against ultrasonic nebulisers, which make ultrasonic mist.
With some animals it turns out that they simply cannot tolerate ultrasound.
This cold mist.
So with this method you should take care that you use warm water to produce a warm mist.
Many animals have developed respiratory problems from the ultrasonic things.
Therefore I advise against them.
If you choose an electric method, then choose something, which works through pressure.
The principle is the same for both of these and for all equipment.
You have a pump, which generates pressure and a nozzle.
We nebulise the water and produce a fine spray mist.
The animals tolerate this very well and
do not develop lung problems.
These are what I can recommend, either from this manufacturer or from others.
They are all good to a greater or lesser extent.
One important point that I want to make straight away:
do not underestimate what comes out of a nozzle like this.
The ones we offer provide 3 litres/hour or even 6 litres/hour
6 litres/hour is something.
6 litres/hour means 1 litre in 10 minutes.
If the pump runs for 10 minutes, you have put 1 litre of water into the terraruim.
And depending, we even use 2 nozzles,
then we are already up to 12 litres in one hour, which is a crazy amount.
On the other hand, when you buy a set like these,
one nozzle is usually sufficient.
and a relatively short period of time,
perhaps 2-3 times a day for 5 or even only 2 minutes.
That is enough to put any amount of water into your terrarium.
On the ExoTerra sets nozzles and extension nozzles,
it is a pity that they do not state what comes out of the nozzle per hour.
A pity, because you can neither calculate it nor try it out
to find out how much. But my essential tip, or my
basic principle is that you start with one nozzle. If that is not enough, then add a second.
But increase it gradually. The advantage of the ExoTerra
Monsoon is, I'll show you on the box, that it is simpler.
You have a timer switch and can use it as a control
to regulate the intervals.
With our spray system
you have to do all that via an external timer switch.
A timer switch, which can process one-minute intervals, is best.
Then you can set it for 1-2 minutes at 6 o'clock in the morning, or 1-2 minutes at midday.
The difference is in the pump.
This has a smaller pump; it fits at the top in the cover.
This has a really large pump.
With these hoses, by the way they all come from the pneumatics sector,
you can cut them to the length you want, or extend them with T-distributors.
You can connect up to 20 nozzles to this pump, so if you have 20 terrariums of the same size,
you can connect 20 nozzles, switch the pump on
and it irrigates your 20 terrariums, just this one pump.
With these Monsoon sets, there is the "Solo"; it is the simple version, with rather less pressure.
and this "Multi" for a maximum of 6 nozzles.
2 nozzles are shown with the "Solo",
so 2 or 6 nozzles is the limit.
This one is the better choice for a large system.
For a smaller system this one is more successful.
Now I'll show you briefly how they work.
The principle is the same for both of them.
Here you have your water tank, you use a normal water bottle,
or a canister, something from which water can be sucked.
Then you have a suction hose.
On the front of the pump it shows which is the suction pump; I put that in the bottle.
This is a pressure hose.
You attach the nozzle or nozzles to it securely.
Simple to put together.
That was installation, then plug in the machine.
Plug in the machine.
The hose there begins to suck;
these are self-priming pumps.
It's ready, and now a fine mist emerges from here.
German summer temperature of 30 degrees - perfect.
In this way you can refresh your animals and yourself.
This is how you use these irrigation systems.
My technical team want to find somewhere safe; they're worried about their cameras.
Of course you set this up in the terrarium to spray where it is supposed to spray.