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Epiphyte Terrarium

I have a pair of crested geckos that have been through multiple terrarium setups due to different failures. The latest problem was that I used dirt that happened to be infested with fungus gnats (got it at Home Depot) and they quickly infested our whole house. No one was very happy with me to say the least, and I had to take the geckos out and try again. So, this time I'm ditching the dirt completely and I'm hoping I can get a bromeliad dominated terrarium to work

I ordered a ton of cork bark from a seller on Ebay which I hope should get here tomorrow. My first thought was to cover the backand side walls with the cork and use silicne to glue it on, however I'm thinking that planting the larger plants (I have a large anthurium and some bigger broms) on a vertical wall would be quite difficult. So I came up with an idea to make "branches" that I can plant on. That would give the geckos some more climbing stuff too. I attached a mock-up of what I'd like to do. I'm thinking of getting some 1.5 or 2" PVC and a bunch of fittings to make them, and then I can use to cork instead to cover the pipe. If this ends up being what I do, I can't figure out how I'm going to stick the PVC to the wall. I'm thining maybe squirting Great Stuff around the insides of the tubes (would it cure enclosed inside the tubes?) and smearing silicone around the outside. Then I can glue the leftover cork around where the tubes touch the wall.

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Also, I'm unsure of how to transition the plants I have growing in soil in there now (a couple small broms and an anthurium) to growing as epiphytes. I can't just dig them up, rinse off the roots, and stick them to the cork, or can I?
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ok, this should work, but what are you going to use on the bottom for substrate?
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also, are you breeding this pair of geckos? cause they will not lay eggs without substrate or a hidebox...
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Probably just paper towels or something like that. I'm only growing plants on the cork bark so the bottom will be bare.

Yeah I have a m/f pair. I have an egg laying box (tupperware container filled with damp vermiculite and it has a hole in the lid) for the female but no eggs so far
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i would recommend a thin layer of coconut fiber on the bottom instead of paper towels... this way they will be forced to use the hidebox. Also, paper towel will not hold humidity as well as the coco will..
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Wouldnt they use the box anyways? If it was just bare?
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yes, but they won't breed because the enviorment won't be right without a eco or mulch bottom
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