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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-22-2008, 07:33 PM Thread Starter
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Well I think I have decided to take the leap into keeping lizards- likely yellow headed day geckos- in a live vivarium.

The plan is this:
1. Get a full glass top.
2. Buy either some topsoil or some reptile substrate mix with sphagnum, fir and peat.
3. Lay a 2" layer of aquarium gravel for a drainage layer, with a hidden tube that goes to the bottom that will allow me to siphon out old water every once in a while.
4. Buy plants and start trying to grow them in the vivarium.
5. After getting a feel for the plants add some wood hardscape- not sure what kind, but something branchy. Can stuff I find outside work?
6. Buy the geckos.

Any ideas or suggestions from anyone on this plan? I know it will take a while, and I quite ok with that. I want to research this thing to the max before I dive into buying lizards and stuff.
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I went out and sampled some random tropical plants from Walmart for $2 each, and planted them next to some mint plants I have been cultivating for home use. I know this was outlined as step 4, but I had the room and found them so cheap I figured heck- why not right?

Here are some pictures from my webcam to show the plants. If anyone has any ID ideas or any info on them feel free to share .








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well as it turns out one plant is a peace lily... which gets far too large for a vivarium, so it will get replanted in apot or something.
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what humidity is yours? i cant seem to get my tank to stay at 80% for more then a few minutes. it drops to 60% with a few hours.

i like it. the planting is thick and looks like a really jungle, just what p. klemmeri likes.

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The plant in the far right corner is a diffenbachia, also know as a dumb cane. I have one in my 90g terrarium and it grows quite well, the more light the more white as well.

The one is a peace lilly like you said, If you have a sump for a fishtank they are great nitrate hogs.

As far as the other plants I have seen them but I don't know what they're called ATM.
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