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  • Setting up live viv for my chewie. Need suggestions on plants

    Looking to see what plants would be able to hold my girl's weight and punishment. I have a vine and a more ground cover plant currently that i got from the reptile store here. Looking for something with a bit of color that will be the center piece for the tank and able to support her. Thanks in advance
    1.1 pine island chahoua

  • #2
    A large sanseveria would work. They have very sturdy leaves. Also fast growing trailing plants like pothos or wandering jew work well as if they break them they just reroot and grow anywhere it falls to the substrate.

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    • #3
      Hmm alright. Thanks for the suggestions.
      1.1 pine island chahoua

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      • #4
        The Sanseveria just didnt seem much for a plant that would pop in the viv. Any other suggestions for a good sturdy plant?
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        • #5
          anyone?
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          • #6
            Ficus benjamina can be kept small for terrariums (or bonsai) with constant pruning for several years. However, I have not found it to be as great for cresteds, but many sources recommend them. I much prefer snakeplants (sansevieria); they come in a surprising variety of pattern and growth patterns. I've tried lucky bamboo with limited success, as well as various broms and cresties are very active and dislodge them easily over time.
            Specializing in Crested Geckos
            Working with Uromastyx | Uroplatus | PI Chahoua
            Also keeping: Australian Shepherds (Chester & Sadie)
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            • #7
              Well this isnt going for a crested. its going for a chahoua. The more i look at them the more im leaning towards sansevieria. but id like a plant that flowers as well in the viv just to give it something nice as well.
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              • #8
                Chewies don't jump around as much as cresties but are heavier as adults and they do climb. It's possible you can use a selection of bromeliads for a colorful look if you place them carefully near objects that can't be knocked over.
                Specializing in Crested Geckos
                Working with Uromastyx | Uroplatus | PI Chahoua
                Also keeping: Australian Shepherds (Chester & Sadie)
                Moon Valley Reptiles | MVR @iherp | Facebook

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                • #9
                  Thats what i seemed to be leaning towards as well. Thanks for the info. Ill be checking a few plant sellers here to see if there are any that are easy to pick up or i might buy them from NEHERP
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                  • #10
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                    Well here is how ive got it to look so far. Whatcha guys think?
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                    • #11
                      Very nice! Add some diagonal branches as well so s/he can maximize use of the upper portions of the tank.
                      Specializing in Crested Geckos
                      Working with Uromastyx | Uroplatus | PI Chahoua
                      Also keeping: Australian Shepherds (Chester & Sadie)
                      Moon Valley Reptiles | MVR @iherp | Facebook

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                      • #12
                        Updated the look. Ill post some pics tomorrow. I gotta find a nice bromiliad for my tank.
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                          Heres a update. I added another zoomed LED fixture to the rear so now there is complete coverage of the tank. What do you guys think?
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by ice gecko View Post
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                            Well here is how ive got it to look so far. Whatcha guys think?
                            That is gorgeous!!! Now, I am way more motivated to set mine up for my baby crestie

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                            • #15
                              I would also echo Spyral's suggestion of diagonal branches, you can do this with cork bark or drift wood. I found my drift wood and cleaned and baked it before use. I used silicone to secure them, most of mine are 'permanently' placed but I think that a silicone U could be made so the branches could be removed for access and cleaning. Its crazy how much more space is available to your geckos when you include cross-branches, and they love to run around on them.
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