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    Hi - I have a gargoyle gecko and am looking to set up an enclosure that has live plants in it, but I am not interested in the springtails and isopods, etc. Is there a way to set up the tank so there is soil for the plants but a top layer of substrate that is easy for me to clean? Thanks!

  • #2
    The short answer is yes. Just don't add any springtails or isopods! You may get springtails anyway, as they are present in a lot of plant soil, but there probably won't be a lot of them.

    Yes, you will have to clean up gecko turds yourself.

    You can either leave the soil alone or put pieces of bark or dried leaves on it.
    3.3.0 Correlophus ciliatus (crested geckos)


    • #3
      Why do you not want the springtails and isopods? They don't escape, are barely noticeable, and make cleanup ever so much easier!
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