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    Default Need suggestions on new pets/care

    I just bought 3 new 5.5 gallon critter cages and while I was there grabbed me a
    albino pacman frog. Now that he is all nestled in and stuff I'm in dire need of info
    and or suggested pets for the other tanks.

    I would love to have scorpions though I know virtually nothing about them. I just
    have a real itching for an arachnid. The kids are scared of spiders sadly so that
    has to wait till there older. As for the third tank I want to try and get another
    invert.

    What I currently own.
    -1 Adult Male Crested Gecko
    -1 Adult Female Leopard Gecko
    -1 East African Giant Land Snail
    -2 Adult Male White's Tree frogs
    -1 Juv. Unsexed Pac man frog
    -7 Vietnamese Walking Sticks

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    Emperor Scorpions make great pets although I don't handle mine. Usually they are kept one to a cage, like a ten gallon, to prevent fighting because one may possibly kill the other. They eat crickets and meal worms off tongs, and you can use water crystals or Flukers insect gutload for their water. When I spray mine she actually reaches up towards the water and drinks the drops off her pinches which is actually kind of cute lol. Here's a care sheet that gives you basically everything you need, they're a pretty hardy species.
    http://arachnophiliac.info/burrow/ca..._imperator.htm
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    Thanks for taking an interest in the thread and offering your help.

    I already gotten a few animals though but had forgotten about this thread.

    I got a desert Hairy scorpion cause there very basic towards care. The tanks
    I had were only 5.5 gallon which is to small for the emperor and I felt it wasn't
    right for me to mistreat the animal.

    The other animals I had aquired are as follows...
    - Albino Pacman frog
    - Female Red Rump Tarantula (3 years old)

    Before someone else gets the chance I would like to point out I'm aware the
    albino Pacman frog will out grow his tank and I have already made plans for
    you will get it from me when he does get larger. I really wanted to observe
    there behavior for a while and raise it from a metamorph (between tadpole
    and frog) as a learning experience for my kids more then anything.

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    I was just looking through this section as I never had before, so I didn't really look at the date lol. That's great both make very good pets, and I'm sure your children will enjoy watching them grow.
    Make sure when the pac man frog is older to use a sponge or paper towel substrate, do not use coco fiber. I know it says it is okay on some websites but I learned that apparently when they have a bowel movement, the coco fiber can get sucked in after wards and cause impaction, which is what I believed happened to my frog who died. You might have known this already but I did a lot of research and never came across this so I thought it might be helpful.
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    I was unaware of the coconut fiber issue thanks for the heads up.

    However I would like to mention that I actually hate coconut fiber as it is very
    acidic and is not a suitable environment to allow things like spring tails to breed
    and live in. So what I use is actually a 70/30 mix of top soil and peat.

    I don't know if it may still cause impaction but I'm sure this mixture is much
    much more safe towards the impaction issue.

    If your wondering what Springtails are well....

    They eat mold, mildew, fungus and decaying organic matter which is usually
    present in moist areas. Springtails are currently used in laboratory tests for
    the early detection of soil pollution.

    I would "HIGHLY" suggest using them in any moist tank to keep down the bad
    kind of growth and maintain a true vivarium.

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    I think any kind of lose substrate can get sucked in, but if it works for you go for it. I've heard of spring tails before but maybe it was by another name. I'd like to use them eventually, once my geckos move up to their permanent terrarium since mostly everyone's still growing I keep them in paper towels. Thanks for the tip.
    1.0 Leopard Gecko (Zeus)
    1.2 Crested Gecko (Cornelius, MoonPie and Lily)
    0.1 Ball python (Snickers)

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