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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-17-2008, 09:55 PM Thread Starter
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i got a few eggs from a female i have scheduled to hatch in mid september. to house these guys, i was just gotta get another tank and put 3 or 4 inches of good black dirt straight from the flower bed in it, maybe a couple plants. anything else i should add? how big a tank should i get to house 4 or 5 of these little guys?

edit: what should i put in to hold some water for them? i need something that can be taken out easy to clean often though.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-25-2008, 11:01 AM
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10 gallon is probably fine for when they're little, but you'll have to upgrade when they grow. Shallow water dishes they can climb in and out of without the risk of drowning are the best like a frisbee or plate or something. Don't forget the hide boxes and full spectrum lighting.

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Just get a 50 gallon or larger plastic tub from walmart. It is large, cheap, and best for them.

They will eat just about any plant you put with them.

They need hide boxes, so don't forget those.

For water, anything shallow enough that they can sit in it without it covering their heads is fine. It has to be easily cleaned though, as they poop in their water dishes.

Have fun with them. I've had mine for almost 3 years now, and I love her a ton.

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ive already got a few plants potted and growing in for when they hatch. i was thinkin i would get a plastic tub from the container store about 3 ft long and 1 ft wide. peat moss/bed a best as substrate. maybe a shallow paint tray for water. lots of hiding spots and a peice of slate to sun on? then a bulb for heat and a bulb for lighting
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Make sure your bulb for lighting supplies uvb. Don't skimp. I would get as big as you can fit. If you can do 4 ft by 2 ft I would.
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well thats the biggest space i have for them in my room. i might be able to find a bigger space else where in the house, but if theyre not inside theyll be in the garage i guess. just seems like theyll overheat or something in there idk i just dont like the idea
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