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    Default Vivarium Setup Help: Water 'Bout Misters?

    Hey all! Looked over a few forums and this one looked like it was filled with people who are passionate about their scaly friends and helpful to newbies with lots of questions. So here I am!

    My wife and I have been talking about lizards. I like snakey lizards, she likes spiney lizards- so we settled on a Crested Gecko. We haven't picked one up yet though because we're trying to figure out what it's going to cost.
    This is what we have so far:


    ExoTerra 12x12x12 Terrarium $41.00 http://www.petco.com/shop/en/petcost...arium-12x12x12
    Egg Crate for False Bottom $15.00 http://www.eplastics.com/Plastic/lig...FUlNfgodrYgEgw
    Pump for Water Feature $10.00 https://www.joshsfrogs.com/elemental...mp-97-gph.html
    Heat Mat $13.00 http://www.petco.com/shop/en/petcost...Q&gclsrc=aw.ds
    Live Plant Allowance $30.00
    Substrate Barrier $2.00 https://www.joshsfrogs.com/substrate-barrier.html
    ABG Substrate Mix $8.00 https://www.joshsfrogs.com/abg-mix-4...-1-gallon.html
    Moss $6.00 http://www.petco.com/shop/en/petcost...A&gclsrc=aw.ds

    Cost of Setup: $125.00 + S&H + Miscellany


    The pump is because I had been interested in adding a small water feature- something like a waterfall.

    We're concerned because it gets pretty dry in our area, and we want to maintain proper humidity for any scaled friend we pick up in the future.
    Should I be looking into misters as well as a small water feature? And if I change out the water regularly, would a gecko be able to drink from that water feature or should it have a separate water bowl as well?

    Thank you for your time!

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    Hi welcome to the forum. for an adult crested gecko a 12x12x12 tank is way to small, and a minimum sixpence should be 12x12x18 but I suggest getting a 18x18x24 for an adult, and if it's a baby just put them in a plastic tub line with paper towels and some fake plants. A handheld mister is a must so you can manually spray the cage, and an automatic mister is helpful but not needed. Yes if you clean out the water enough then the crested gecko can drink from it, but they tend to drink water droplets of of leaves and not running water. Good luck, and feel free to ask anymore questions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crestielizard View Post
    Hi welcome to the forum. for an adult crested gecko a 12x12x12 tank is way to small, and a minimum sixpence should be 12x12x18 but I suggest getting a 18x18x24 for an adult, and if it's a baby just put them in a plastic tub line with paper towels and some fake plants. A handheld mister is a must so you can manually spray the cage, and an automatic mister is helpful but not needed. Yes if you clean out the water enough then the crested gecko can drink from it, but they tend to drink water droplets of of leaves and not running water. Good luck, and feel free to ask anymore questions.
    Thanks for the advice! Stuff like that's why I posted the entire setup plan. I'm not sure what age we'll be getting but I would rather get something it can live in its entire life so probably the 18x18x24.

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    Is it better to get them as hatchlings (like a week old to several weeks old) or juveniles?

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    juveniles and adults are best for beginners because they don't need as much humidity as the babies (they still need humidity though) Make sure to do lots of research, and remember they live for 20 years, so its a commitment

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    Also if your doing a bioactive setup (setup with plants and springtails to eat waste and bacteria) then you will not have to clean the cage.
    I love neherp for all of my vivarium builds. here's a link to their vivarium construction 101
    http://www.neherpetoculture.com/vivariumconstruction101

    here's a link to gecko kit (its a little pricey but totally worth it: http://www.neherpetoculture.com/viva...81824#plantkit

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    Welcome!

    I agree with the other posters about tank size. The bigger the better! A bigger tank will also be better for the plants because, as the gecko grows, it do more and more damage to the plants with its nightly explorations just because it's jumping around while getting heavier. The more plants there are in the tank, the less damage to each individual one is likely.

    You won't need a heat mat for your crestie. They do well at room temperature (19 to 25 C -- that's 66 F to 77 F).

    There have been numerous threads in this forum about water features. Generally speaking, they're not a good idea because mold can develop. If you supply your gecko with a large and shallow water dish and use live plants, the humidity in your enclosure will go up and your gecko will also have an interesting environment to explore -- mine drink from their water dishes and also walk through them deliberately. A misting system is also a good investment in the long run if you plan on going on holiday, because you can just have someone come in to give the gecko fresh food and change the water in its dish when it gets dirty and you won't need to worry about humidity levels.
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    The 18x18x24 is perfect for an adult. If you get a juvenile, you might want a Kritter Keeper, or smaller tank until it is grown - or, put several feeding stations in the bigger tank, as younger geckos have a little bit harder time finding food in a large tank.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Treebiscuit View Post
    There have been numerous threads in this forum about water features. Generally speaking, they're not a good idea because mold can develop.
    That's an excellent point I hadn't considered. Short of leaving it off at night I don't see a good way to prevent mold from developing.

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    What about plants? What kinds generally do you recommend? Arboreal, tropical, high-humidity friendly, low-humidity friendly...? (Pretend I know nothing about keeping lizards in a live-planted terrarium, because I don't!)

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