|The cage sat on 4 bricks, and the water ran onto the table and down a hole|
into a bucket underneath.
Total Cost: ~$30.
|Top of one drainage table, with wood bars removed. The entire sheet of shower liner sloped towards the hole in the center, with was very carefully siliconed.|
|The bars of wood that form the "grill" of the cage were bundled up in tape here for transportation. But see how they sit on the table.|
|Here you can see how well the plastic was slopped towards the center. Easy to wipe clean, never leaked, never rotted.|
Total Cost: ~$150 for both tables.
I went to Lowe's and picked up one large, 2' x 4' x 8' large storage shelf in grey. I comes divided into two parts, so I put them side-by-side instead and got two tables from the one shelving unit. Then I got $1 trays from Walmart and siliconed them onto the top shelf, with a hole through both. This was going to act as the catch tray for the water that fell from the cage's little holes, and would funnel it down and into a bucket. The wood bars would suspend the cages above everything.
My Chameleon Room and Cages
|Setting up the drainage before the cages go on.|
|Every 2 cages had this PVC pipe connection to lead water into a single bucket. And because the PVC was so flush against the bottom of the shelf, it could not be seen by visitors.|
|The finished product (before a little more tweaking was done to clean up the extension cords, etc.)|
|Another photo of the finished product.|
So be creative! Although online stores are starting to make water-collecting trays for screen cages, none of them are created in such a way as to lead the water out and away for easy disposal. Think about what you need from your drainage and figure out how to make it. Any one of these products was not overly expensive, perhaps $100 with all the materials. Well worth it if you can save your floors! (Like in my case, since I rent!)