After much looking around, we finally settled on PVC sections to serve a spacers for the false bottoms.
Next came custom fitted "egg crating," in actuality diffusers for fluorescent lights.
We were excited to find an excellent plastic mesh in Santiago. It proved to be far superior to what we had used in the US. In fact, we brought samples home so we can hunt for it.
Not only was it easy to cut, but also....
it was stiff enough to lay flat.
We worked carefully to make an excellent fit so no stray frogs could find their way beneath the bottoms.
For bird lovers, seeing the endemic Slender-billed Conure (Enicognathus leptorhynchus) was a treat.
As was the spectacular Burrowing Parrot (Cyanoliseus patagonus).
More to come…