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Zen Habitats FAQs

So many of our fans have asked great questions, so here are the answers to the FAQs.  If you have any additional questions please feel free to contact us at


What is the difference between PVC & Wood Enclosures? 

When choosing an enclosure, consider the humidity needs of your pet.  The main difference is the amount of humidity the panels can handle without damaging the panels.

PVC panels support both desert and tropical environments of 0-100% humidity.  In addition, PVC supports the use of UTH (under-tank-heating.)

Our wood panel enclosures are perfect for desert reptiles and small animals requiring low humidity levels 0-50%. Wood enclosures are not to be used with UTH.

Check out our enclosure selection here.

If you have any other questions regarding the specific needs of your pet, please visit our Care Sheets.


Are the enclosures stackable?

The enclosures are secure enough to be stackable, but you would need a stacking spacer or deluxe stacking spacer, to allow the bottom unit to properly ventilate.

How do you disassemble a Zen Habitats enclosure?

How can I tighten loose corner pieces?

Do you make custom sizes?

Because we manufacture and package overseas, we are unable to customize.

To replace the side panels – you will need a ¼ inch thick acrylic or glass cut 22”x22”.

To replace the substrate shield – you will need ¼ inch think acrylic cut to 46 ½ inches by your desired height.

To replace the front sliding doors – the measurements for each door are: 23.75"x 21.75"


How much weight can an enclosure handle?

Both the PVC and wood panels  are 1/4" thick and can support up to 100 lbs. of substrate without an issue.  If you need to go up to 250 lbs., our cabinet stands and deluxe spacers come with two support bars.


Do you have locks for the enclosures?

No, our enclosures do not come with locks. However, our enclosures are fairly difficult for reptiles or other small animals to open. 

If you prefer, you can purchase an inexpensive lock for under $10 online


Can I use UTH (under tank heating) and CHE (ceramic heat emitter) with my enclosures?

The PVC panels support the use of UTH…which would obviously be a no-no for wood.  CHE works great on all of our enclosures.


How secure is the screen top?

The top screen is made of a galvanized steel screen and is supported by two steel support bars.  The screen is welded into a steel frame which securely fits into the enclosure. 

We were asked if a cat, sitting on top of the habitat, would damage the unit.  We took our hefty feline, Bit, and placed him on top of the screen.  Because we use galvanized steel, and not window screen, there was absolutely no damage to the unit. 

Screen top

How do I attach lighting to the habitat?

Because everyone’s lighting needs are different, we created our habitats with the most flexibility possible.  You can place your lights on top or inside the unit. We even have a wire grommet for your electric cords.  Lighting on the inside can be attached to the support bars using a multitude of different fasteners.  We choose to use zip ties or a small chain.



Do the enclosures come assembled? If not, how difficult are they to assemble?

Our enclosures ship flat, to help save money on shipping fees and to prevent damage in the shipping process.  We designed our habitats to be easily assembled. No tools are needed but a rubber mallet sometimes helps. In addition to written directions, assembly instruction videos are available on our website.


How does the size compare to a 40-gallon breeder tank?

A standard 40-gallon breeder tank is 36”x18”x16”.  Our standard 4’x2’x2’ enclosures are 48”x24”x24” which is equivalent to approximately 120-gallons.  This would make Zen Habitats enclosures three times larger by volume. 

We also offer additional enclosures in the following sizes:

48”x24”x16” – 80-gallon equivalent

4’x2’x4’ – 240-gallon equivalent

2’x2’x4’ – 120-gallon equivalent

2’x2’x2’ – 60-gallon equivalent


Do you have alternatives for 80, 100, 125, 150, or 180 gallon aquariums/terrariums? 

Our extension kit allows you to put together any 2 of our 4'x2'x2' or 2'x2'x2' enclosures to help you achieve these gallon conversions and a larger enclosure space for your pet.


Can I place loose substrate in the habitat?

All of our enclosures come with a 6-12 inch substrate shield to keep loose substrate in the enclosure.

Substrate shield


Can I use this as a bio-active habitat?

Yes. However, to keep water from seeping through the seams, it is best to use our bio basin (4’x2’ or 2’x2’)  or a plastic liner.  


How easy is it to clean?

Some of our enclosures have front sliding doors (4’x2’x2’, 48”x24”x16”, and 4’x2’x4’) which are removeable and our other enclosures have swinging doors (2’x2’x4’ and 2’x2’x2’), all of which allow for easy access to your enclosure for cleaning.  Please use pet safe cleaners. A vinegar and water mixture works great for us!


How hot does the aluminum frame get with the heat lamp directly on the screen?

We tested both the galvanized steel screen and the adjacent aluminum frame and there were no issues with heat.  The galvanized steel screen tested at 89 degrees and the aluminum frame, placed 2” away, was only 85 degrees.


Can you attach a hammock to the habitat?

Yes, you can attach hammocks by using suction cups or Command hooks. For ledges, we find MagNaturals to be great.