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    Default Yikes! I need advice.

    I got this as a christmas gift. I got it as is and i do not like the set up.
    There is live moss on the bottom with those leaves on top of the moss.
    What do i do from here? Do i take the leaves out? Do I take the moss out? I still need to add plants of course. Got some in mind.
    My little Reptar likes to sleep on the ground of her current little keeper.

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    Should I use Plantation Soil instead of the moss?

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    I would not recommend eco earth, plantation soil or anything else with coconut fibers. I have been told, by someone whose recommendations I trust, that it can cause impaction – especially with females.
    I recommend checking out the method used by Jaybee (JB's Cresties).
    http://jbscresties.com/basiccare.html
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDpM7E6Bzhk
    I, personally, went with this option for my lay boxes...
    http://www.pangeareptile.com/store/o...peat-moss.html
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    Is there a layer of substrate between the drainage layer and moss/leaf litter? If not there should be, ideally something like ABG mix or NEHerp substrate. The moss, if it is indeed live moss, can be taken out, however I would keep the leaf litter, but let it cover the whole ground in a more natural manner. Throw a nice piece of wood in there with some plants and it will look great!

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    I personally would use a different background. I think that's an Exo Terra background in the there and they are really chintzy. From what I've read from reviews, they fall apart fairly easily and end up looking ratty. Also if you decide to use any vining plants, they can't really attach to it. I would suggest a Zoo Med cork background if you don't feel like building a custom background. However, to put it in, you'd have to take everything out. The drainage layer would also need to more shallow to give enough room for a deeper soil layer. The soil layer already in there looks like sphagnum moss and if that's what it is, it will brake down and not be good for supporting plant growth. Neherp or ABG substrate would be best. For plants, snake plants (aka sansevieria) are really good.
    This site has some good information about building long term vivariums: http://www.neherpetoculture.com/vivariumconstruction101
    Hope this helps!

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