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  • #31
    Fantastic overhaul!
    1.1.4 Crested Geckos
    0.1.0 Boxador (1/2 Boxer-1/2 Black Lab)
    0.1.0 Girlfriend who likes my geckos but doesn't understand the obsession.

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    • #32
      Thank you! Your recent update was stunning as always, those cork tile backgrounds are incredible! Easily some of the top vivs I've seen
      Last edited by empire3569; 05-23-2015, 09:51 AM.
      My vivariums
      http://www.pangeareptile.com/forums/...-Live-Vivarium
      http://www.pangeareptile.com/forums/...-Live-Vivarium
      http://www.pangeareptile.com/forums/...ra-Tall-Build!

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      • #33
        Latest update for those still following; The viv is growing in nicely; my peperomias and climbing ferns are really taking off and the broms are getting some nice color to them. Still not 100% in love with the two ground cover plants, but I haven't found anything I would rather replace them with so they will stay for now. Anyways, enjoy

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        And finally the two vivs together on my desk

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        My vivariums
        http://www.pangeareptile.com/forums/...-Live-Vivarium
        http://www.pangeareptile.com/forums/...-Live-Vivarium
        http://www.pangeareptile.com/forums/...ra-Tall-Build!

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        • #34
          sorry if I'm late to this, but I couldn't find it in the thread. What size is the Exo Terra your using?

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          • #35
            Originally posted by Bradwillard96 View Post
            sorry if I'm late to this, but I couldn't find it in the thread. What size is the Exo Terra your using?
            Its the 18x18x24. I think it's the perfect size (although I would love to build a terrarium in one of the larger ones!)
            My vivariums
            http://www.pangeareptile.com/forums/...-Live-Vivarium
            http://www.pangeareptile.com/forums/...-Live-Vivarium
            http://www.pangeareptile.com/forums/...ra-Tall-Build!

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            • #36
              What are you using at the bottom of the tank? I am currently building a tank and in my mind this is what I am wanting.

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              • #37
                Originally posted by ReptarsMom View Post
                What are you using at the bottom of the tank? I am currently building a tank and in my mind this is what I am wanting.
                The very bottom is NEHerp drainage material, then window screen, followed by NEHerp substrate V1, and then a layer of leaf litter
                My vivariums
                http://www.pangeareptile.com/forums/...-Live-Vivarium
                http://www.pangeareptile.com/forums/...-Live-Vivarium
                http://www.pangeareptile.com/forums/...ra-Tall-Build!

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                • #38
                  Originally posted by empire3569 View Post
                  The very bottom is NEHerp drainage material, then window screen, followed by NEHerp substrate V1, and then a layer of leaf litter
                  Planning on doing something similar, what is the maintenance/cleaning like on something like this? How often?

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                  • #39
                    just wanted to chime in late to the party but I love your redesign. I too found that mosses and some of the more delicate plants didn't work. My gecko's just step on them and they get torn to shreds. I just kept trying different plants until I got a thriving tank. The lighting is so important with these tanks. I can't wait to get my hands on some more led's. As soon as I put those on my tanks my Tillandsia took off and started blooming and coloring up. My next step will be to add a few extra lights to my bigger tanks. Personally I find the cfl's work well in smaller tanks but not quite so well for bigger. I've had one of my tanks up and running for almost two years now and besides cleaning the glass I have never actually "cleaned" the tank before. There is maintenance though that is more related to gardening than taking care of a gecko. If you love both gardening and plants as well as gecko's you will be fine.

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                    • #40
                      Originally posted by manbartz View Post
                      Planning on doing something similar, what is the maintenance/cleaning like on something like this? How often?
                      The only cleaning I do is wiping down glass, and adding fresh leaf litter maybe every 6-8 months. Other than that it's completely self-sustaining
                      My vivariums
                      http://www.pangeareptile.com/forums/...-Live-Vivarium
                      http://www.pangeareptile.com/forums/...-Live-Vivarium
                      http://www.pangeareptile.com/forums/...ra-Tall-Build!

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                      • #41
                        Originally posted by Mohkia View Post
                        just wanted to chime in late to the party but I love your redesign. I too found that mosses and some of the more delicate plants didn't work. My gecko's just step on them and they get torn to shreds. I just kept trying different plants until I got a thriving tank. The lighting is so important with these tanks. I can't wait to get my hands on some more led's. As soon as I put those on my tanks my Tillandsia took off and started blooming and coloring up. My next step will be to add a few extra lights to my bigger tanks. Personally I find the cfl's work well in smaller tanks but not quite so well for bigger. I've had one of my tanks up and running for almost two years now and besides cleaning the glass I have never actually "cleaned" the tank before. There is maintenance though that is more related to gardening than taking care of a gecko. If you love both gardening and plants as well as gecko's you will be fine.
                        Thank you! Ya my male gecko is definitely more destructive than my female; she hardly spends any time on the ground so I don't have to worry about her, but he thinks all plants are in the tank just to be destroyed lol. I think the problem with the moss I had was that he couldn't "stick" to it when he walked over it. And I would love to out some LEDs in, but I have 6500K CFLs that are much cheaper, and I am getting really good plant growth and color
                        My vivariums
                        http://www.pangeareptile.com/forums/...-Live-Vivarium
                        http://www.pangeareptile.com/forums/...-Live-Vivarium
                        http://www.pangeareptile.com/forums/...ra-Tall-Build!

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                        • #42
                          Originally posted by empire3569 View Post
                          The only cleaning I do is wiping down glass, and adding fresh leaf litter maybe every 6-8 months. Other than that it's completely self-sustaining
                          Wow, that is amazing.

                          Do your geckos ever hide for extended periods in your leaf litter? I plan on doing a live viv setup in exo-terra's 24x18x36" terrarium for 3 crested's. 1 male, 2 females. This would be complete with a nice laybox for the females, obviously. Do females ever lay eggs underneath the leaf litter? If so, how impossible would it be to locate these eggs underneath the leaf litter? Does anyone have any tips, or would anyone advise against this setup?

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                          • #43
                            Sometimes they will both sleep in the leaf litter during the day, but they always come out at night. My female has laid dud eggs in the tank, which I didn't bother to remove as they will just be broken down and add nutrients to the soil. They were dug about 2" into the substrate, and I have known where every spot was because I caught her digging the hole before she laid. I have read about leaving eggs in the viv to incubate, however you run the risk of the hatchlings being consumed by the parents if you don't get to them fast enough. You could put a lay box in to try and get the females to lay there, but honestly I don't think that would be 100% effect as the whole setup is essentially one giant lay box. Another alternative I have read about is to put a second layer of screen mesh about 1" under the leaf litter, so that if they dig they can't dig too deep and eggs would be easier to collect. If you want to go this route, one thing I would suggest is to make the entire floor of the tank accessible to look for eggs; what I mean by this is having any hardscape removable. The cork tree in this tank is anchored to a piece of mopani wood so I can remove the whole thing, and the malaysian driftwood stump in my second tank can also be fully removed as well, giving me full access to the entire floor of the viv if I were to need it
                            My vivariums
                            http://www.pangeareptile.com/forums/...-Live-Vivarium
                            http://www.pangeareptile.com/forums/...-Live-Vivarium
                            http://www.pangeareptile.com/forums/...ra-Tall-Build!

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                            • #44
                              Great, learned a lot.

                              Few last questions for you(for now)...

                              Do you ever add live insects for gecko feeding in your vivs?

                              Do your vivs have a particular smell? Good/bad?

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                              • #45
                                Originally posted by manbartz View Post
                                Great, learned a lot.

                                Few last questions for you(for now)...

                                Do you ever add live insects for gecko feeding in your vivs?

                                Do your vivs have a particular smell? Good/bad?
                                I do feed live insects (crickets) but I either hand feed or pull the back legs off them and feed out of a dish. There are too many places to hide in the viv and I worry about crickets staying alive through the night and munching on my geckos during the day, or just dying in general. The feeding response I get with both methods is still very good. And yes, both vivs have a beautiful, rainforest smell. It's one of my favorite things about them
                                My vivariums
                                http://www.pangeareptile.com/forums/...-Live-Vivarium
                                http://www.pangeareptile.com/forums/...-Live-Vivarium
                                http://www.pangeareptile.com/forums/...ra-Tall-Build!

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