I am in the planning/reasearch phase of putting together my very first vivarium for my very first reptile. I've fallen head over heels for Crested Geckos!
I've ordered some Philippe De Vosjoli books on vivariums and crested gecko care (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1882770803
, and http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0793828910
), and also joined and am reading lots of threads on Pangea's forum.
It will probably take me a few months to put together everything I need, but I've decided I want live plants for sure, which means I will have a soil-based substrate. I'll be reading more about the pros and cons of various options, but right now I'm planning on a clay drainage layer topped by landscape cloth topped with a mix of Miracle Gro Organic potting soil and Eco Earth. I plan to feed mostly Crested Gecko Diet prepared food and either hand-feed or move the gecko to a separate container for live feedings to avoid substrate injestion. I've read a little about the benefits of adding live springtails to the substrate, so that's definitely something I'm considering.
I'm planning on ordering an Rzilla cage ( http://www.pangeareptile.com/store/z...ic-atrium.html
) and modding the bottom with an acrylic panel to hold in the substrate and moisture.
I know I want to heavily plant it, so that's my current research project.
So far, I'm leaning towards a dwarf mondo grass and moss carpet, lots of Pothos vines for climbing, and perhaps a spider plant mounted in a corner or a rear wall. That's as far as I've gotten so far...
Are there any good options for flowering plants that can handle this level of humidity, are gecko-safe, would not get too large, and are NOT bromiliads?