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Terrarium buildish (well i have it now)

well it looks like i might be picking up a tank next weekend when i had into Indianapolis for a show. From the pictures it looks like and Exo-Terra glass tank, would caust me about $25 and the dimension are 12x12x18, i'm wondering is it a good deal? here's the link.

then if it is a good deal what animal would be good in a tank this i've been wanting to set up a terrarium recently because of all the thread i've been reading on them. the thing is i think i can set up the cage but i don't know a suitable inhabitant to have it setup around.

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That is a great deal! They usually sell for around $50.

You could get some dart frogs, small day geckos, small leaftail geckos.
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i was actually thinking dart frogs but i know nothing about them. also thanks for the gecko names i'll have to look them up.

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I keep bumblebee dart frogs, they are pretty easy and pretty cheap. I also keep Satanic leaftail which stay very small. Kingsnake.com is a good place to buy reptiles and amphibians.
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A 12x12x18 gives you a small footprint, so if you want to do darts, you'd probably need to go with a smaller species that is more aboreal. For your best choice, I'd second some small species of aboreal gecko for this size tank.

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thanks Patm and Tameyourself, i like the suggestions especially Satanic Leaftail.

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I just recently got a pair of Satanics and they are awesome!
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i think though i've decided on a white tree frog as an inhabitant, from advice on other forums. i also thing thay are really cute and from what i read a good beginner frog. not i just have to get the tank and start working on it. thinking foam back ground with coco fiber on it some sticks protruding out of the background and ground. the one thing i don't have an idea on is plants that would be a good idea for this tank.

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The only issue with a white's is they are a big frog.

As far as plants, pathos/philodendron, bromeliads, 'polka dot' plant, maidens hair fern, etc. are all high humidity plants that are small and can be found at Home Depot. Small begonias, neo. bromeliads, orchids, peperomias, and others are also good, but you'd probably have to look elsewhere.

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i know thay get big but it seams that thay have been suggested to me quite a few times. also thanks for the plant list.

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today was a good day, got to got to a good punk show in Indianapolis and picked up a tank for $25, now all i need to do is scrape up enough money to actually get working on this think. still i now have a tank for it.


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might as well post this here also but looking for suggestions for good lighting on this

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You may want to look into the small screw in power compacts exo-terra makes.

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so i started building the back ground, picked up more than enough great stuff and silicon (got white by accident so went back and replaced it with clear).




I used part of the old background because i kinda liked it. and thought it would be cool to have look like part rock was facing out.




so i also picked up a nice peace of drift wood that i used in the back also i think there's probably going to be a plant in the nook thats it makes




and this is what it looks like all foamed up. plant to carve it a bit ones every thing is done setting but it feels like i finally got started on this tank (i am really impatient)




I'll be siliconeing it tomorrow so should have photos of that too.

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getting one of the 12" exo-terra hoods for the tank from Dr. foster smith, on sale for 18.99, also getting HydroBall from there. and this was all for 29.99 shipped or something like that (i used a $5 coupon code). also realized i might have another of the exo-terra hoods lying at home so need to get it shipped out here here some time too. so look like i'll have a nice viv really soon

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