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Old 02-11-2014, 02:35 AM   #46
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Eh, it's ok. I expected so much more from you Jake ;-)

Seriously, very awesome job, you outdid yourself on this one!!
bill is that you........thought we lost you for a while. Thanks partner! I wanna see some of your new stuff! hows the new forum??? havent been on in a while!
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Old 02-11-2014, 02:45 AM   #47
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I am extremely short on time, so please forgive me for the short response.

First and foremost I commend you for putting this much time, effort, and thought into setting up the proper enclosure for a reptile.

Forgive me, but I feel this must be said. Please get the trial and error out of the way before introducing any livestock. Like most animals, reptiles hide there illnesses extremely well. For the novice keepers or even intermediate keepers it is not easy differentiating between normal behavior and signs of illness. Generally trial and error with reptiles doesn't end well.

The main thing is that the temperature should never go higher then the maximum recommended temperature for said species. Keep in mind reptiles can and will survive temperatures below what is recommended for them. They will not handle higher then recommended temperatures. They will actually succumb a whole hell of a lot faster to higher temperatures then lower temperatures.

As far as the visual aspect of the enclosure goes, I feel you are getting somewhere. You have to bare in mind deserts are barren places. Yes, E. macularius occupy kind of a oasis type nice in the desert but, it is a desert nonetheless. I would stick with a staple of grass like plants with maybe a broad leaf plant of two here and there for variety.

If you ever visit a true desert first hand you will be hard-pressed to find a area even twice the size of your enclosure with more then two plant species.

To reiterate my main point...

Get your parameters straight before introducing livestock.

Other then those suggestions you are on the right path. I feel your willingness to research and invest the time and money to make the perfect habitat for your animals needs to be noted, and I commend you for that. I see far to many people jump the gun when it comes to specialized animals care and screw it all up. If you ever have any questions for me my e-mail is p.jw_91@yahoo.com. Keep up the great work.

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good advice............i wont be putting any livestock in there for quite some time. I plan on buying leos next fall at the earliest. I am certain that I have three times more species than 5 acres of pakistan would offer.......probably none of which that are indigenous to that biome. I am not goign for a strict biotope tank so the increase in floral diversity doesnt bother me too much. There are a couple of plants that are not acclimating too well so I will probably replace them with the species that does work. I am working on a better way of covering up some of the tranisitions with something other than rock in attempts of making it more barren. I based the design and look after a fewe pics from all over.............more to come
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Old 02-11-2014, 02:10 PM   #48
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Yea man, it's me. The new forum is growing. Slowly, but making progress. I just finished a new tank as a matter of fact, for my mantella betsileo. Had to move them from their old enclosure, so I did something completely outside the box, industrial ;-) I just partially planted it on Saturday. Here's a sneak peek


I hope things are going well for you. Keep warm buddy!! The tank is looking freaking awesome!!!
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Old 02-12-2014, 04:19 AM   #49
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industrial! always the innovator.................i think its gonna grow in nicely. those mantellas are awesome!!!!

i am redoing the amazon tank and gonna use your tree idea from years past. kind of mangrovy meets buttress........... more to come. brown algae is kicking my A$$ after a major rescape gone bad. have lost mucho plant mass. just gonna start over next fall after guiding!

best fishes old friend!!!
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Old 02-13-2014, 01:58 PM   #50
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Yeah buddy. Gotta think outside the box. All the tanks nowadays all look the same. I wanted something different.

I look forward to seeing what you do with the amazon tank. I did start a buttress root tank a while back, but it had to be pit into storage. I'll have to see if I can dig up some pics of it.

You have chinook season coming soon, don't you??
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Old 03-14-2014, 09:48 AM   #51
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early run kings show up in May!! ready for summer thats for sure.


heres a FTS of the finished product.................water parameters are steady and looking great with 80% WC's twice a week. the entire bottom of water section now acts essentially as a sump filter with carbon and purigen. temps and humidity are now well regulated and they have ample access to belly heat and a wide range of thermal gradients with varying humidity.

thanks for staying tuned

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Looks great! I've always wondered how a succulent terrarium safe for critters would look!
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Old 11-09-2014, 09:41 PM   #53
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so after a few growing pains the build is fully functioning and has two adult male leos in it that I rescued from a broken home. wish i had a female instead but so far so good. there is just so much room in there that they dont have conflicts. we feed them separtely when necessary which also helps. will get some pics soon
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Old 11-23-2014, 08:23 AM   #54
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geckos are doing well.
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Old 11-23-2014, 02:59 PM   #55
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How many geckos in total do you want this to ultimately have?
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Old 11-24-2014, 01:40 AM   #56
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Whoa! Wish I would have seen this thread when I was making my concrete/foam background.

Very awesome setup. It looks very natural and professional! I love the depth and caves that you added, that takes some skill and vision vs. just making a textured rocky background.

Very well done sir.
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How many geckos in total do you want this to ultimately have?
I was originally looking to house 2-3 females but a friend of mine had these two males (I think) in a small enclosure with just a light and couple of rocks. He offered and I took em. There has been a few minor aggressive acts during feeding time but nothing major. Other than that they seem to be pals for the most part. There is just so much room in that size tank that they ahve their own territories and really have no need to mingle unless they need the moist cave at the same time. That has yet to be seen as they spend very little time in there even when shedding. With the water feature, my humidity stays decent enough for them to shed quite effectively.

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Whoa! Wish I would have seen this thread when I was making my concrete/foam background.

Very awesome setup. It looks very natural and professional! I love the depth and caves that you added, that takes some skill and vision vs. just making a textured rocky background.

Very well done sir.
thanks so much bro! I spent quite some time building and rebuilding this one. I am currently working on my most high tech set up yet ( 75 gal paludarium). Its taking forever to get the vision right. Im sure your tank rocks! How can a physics dude go wrong! I teach physics 103 at the local college! Your in good company!

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Old 11-28-2014, 07:56 PM   #58
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Awesome jake! Your skills are top notch buddy!


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thanks so much bro! I spent quite some time building and rebuilding this one. I am currently working on my most high tech set up yet ( 75 gal paludarium). Its taking forever to get the vision right. Im sure your tank rocks! How can a physics dude go wrong! I teach physics 103 at the local college! Your in good company!

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Awesome! Physics Dudes unite! Although honestly I'm more of an "Engineer Dude" these days.

If I were to re-do my concrete background I would change a lot of things... but overall happy with how it turned out. My biggest regret is not making it more dynamic like yours, with more caves and outcroppings.



I've seen your 75G build thread, and looks really good so far. I'm looking forward to seeing the finished product.
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Awesome looking tank!
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