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    I know it's recommended for a crestie to be in a 20 gallon tank but would one be okay in an exo terra 12x12x18"?

    Are there any cheaper caging ideas? I read that they can be housed in plastic containers like from the container store or made by rubbermaid..is this true? Of course a tall one would be best right?

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    I personally would not keep a crestie over about 15g in a 12x12x18, though some do.

    You definitely can use plastic bins, just cut out a portion of one side and glue in some screen, and punch or burn some airholes along the other walls for good ventilation.

    There are other options as well, such as cages that are part acrylic or PVC and screen. I've started using the Sandfire cages and really like them- http://www.pangeareptile.com/store/a...tile-cage.html The dimensions are these are great, I've actually started housing trios in them for the breeding season, and they don't seem crowded in the least (I also provide tons of plants and "branches" for hiding & climbing).


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    18 inches is about the minimum height but the 12x12 dimensions seem a little small. i had this same question and many people would tell me 18x18x18 minimum or 20 gallon high or vertically oriented as minimum. i'm currently using a 20 gallon high that i got for free which is about 17 inches tall and while it's "enough" i will be getting a taller one as soon as i have extra money or one goes on sale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lauraleellbp View Post
    I personally would not keep a crestie over about 15g in a 12x12x18, though some do.

    You definitely can use plastic bins, just cut out a portion of one side and glue in some screen, and punch or burn some airholes along the other walls for good ventilation.

    There are other options as well, such as cages that are part acrylic or PVC and screen. I've started using the Sandfire cages and really like them- http://www.pangeareptile.com/store/a...tile-cage.html The dimensions are these are great, I've actually started housing trios in them for the breeding season, and they don't seem crowded in the least (I also provide tons of plants and "branches" for hiding & climbing).

    ooo those Sandfire cages look amazing! Thanks!

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    May i ask what you are using for branches? Thanx, Ron
    1 sulcata tort 1 russian tort 2 red foot torts 3 hingeback torts
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldmanofthesea View Post
    May i ask what you are using for branches? Thanx, Ron
    Pipe insulation from Home Depot.

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    That is such a great idea! Thanx, ron
    1 sulcata tort 1 russian tort 2 red foot torts 3 hingeback torts
    1 leopard tort 3 greek torts 1 box turtle
    2.5 hissing cockroaches 3.11.?? c. hentzi scorpions dubia roch colony
    isopod colony 3.5 Emperor scorpions 2.5 c. vitattus scorpions
    4.6.1 crested geckos 1.1 halmahera geckos 0.0.3 leopard geckos
    1.1.7 gargoyle geckos

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    I used that exact tank for my garg! I ended up caulking the sides and bottom to prevent leakage, and the only complaint I have is that suction cups do not stick very well. Great size, and light too!
    C. ciliatus- GreenBean, Mr. Red,
    R. leachianus- Dragonite
    M. chahoua- Oliver
    2 5G planted Betta tanks

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    Yeah I hot glued the bottom in.

    And you're right- suction cups don't stick at ALL! lol

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    I'm actually thinking of taking the suction cups that have the hooks on them, and hot glueing the magnets they sell here on...
    C. ciliatus- GreenBean, Mr. Red,
    R. leachianus- Dragonite
    M. chahoua- Oliver
    2 5G planted Betta tanks

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