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so if anybody remembers i recently posted about keeping a bird in a fully planted vivarium, well i have decided not to get a bird for this situation. after alot of controversy about it, i have decided not only would it be bad for the respiratory system of the bird, my main concern was can i inch long bird swim? anyways i am still contemplating what critter, preferably not and invertebrate i could get for this vivarium, possibly a small mammal, any ideas?
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Unless you have a HUGE vivarium, a bird is a "no-no." Why not try some herps?

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Most small mammals will probably eat your fish.

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I forget how big your tank was, but do you think you'd have enough land/water ratio to have maybe a chinese water dragon or something similar? That would be cool. Big ol' lizard swimmin around in the planted tank tearin up your plants


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I have always thought this would be a good idea. Some type of rainforest lizard that can swim, like a gecko or something. But like others said fish would be food. As long as your ok with that you could always breed your own stock to feed to him. Something that breeds easy and fast, like guppy's or some other livebearer. Just net some and put them in the tank kind of like you would with crickets. If your lucky and he is not a pig you might be able to just house the fish in the tank at all times hoping there are enough survivors to reproduce.
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I would like to attempt something similar to this with a 40B. Not with birds--but with some sort of amphibian--everything Ive read has led me to believe that it wont work though. I would LOVE to have a riparium on one end with a land feature on the other end. If anyone has any ideas for critters that wont destroy plants or poison/eat all of my fish for dinner I would love to hear it.
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agreed all the options are fish eaters, and a bird is not happening as i have already stated, its a 125 gal aquarium with a 14 square foot hood, 2'h x 6' L x 2' w, as in 2 foot above the aqarium i have wondered about sugar gliders, as geckos can't swim and have had them drown in less then 3 inches of water, a water dragon would be cool, but deadly to everything, a lot of wasted room, i would prefer to have kinda a mini ecosystem, i have a lot of experience with vivarium/pauldilariums, i just can't figure out something healthy and happy that would be comfortable with water like that, a snake would be cool, but he would eat my fish.
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Maybe frogs??? I don't think a snake would eat many fish... so long as you kept it well fed. Just make sure its one that likes water because most snakes are also susceptible to respiratory problems, mites, fungus etc.
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... as geckos can't swim and have had them drown in less then 3 inches of water...
What kind of setup did you have that caused the Geckos to drown?
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Ive kept tree frogs in this type of setup. It works quite well for the best of both worlds. Youll have to research your frogs as some will poison the water. I was also debating a jacksons chamelion before I made it into a reef.

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Some of the smaller chameleons might work.

Frogs would probably be the best.





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I would def go for frogs, spend some money and get red eye tree frogs. I have also seen morning geckos setup like this, as they live in the terrestrial plants.
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Turtles? Just an idea.

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Some of the smaller chameleons might work.

Frogs would probably be the best.
Chameleons would be an absolute awesome herp in there.....

1-They dont eat fish
2- They LOVE humidity! any form
3- They LOVE plants

If it were I, I would do this....but be fore-warned, they are not easy creatures to keep....


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Some of the smaller chameleons might work.

Frogs would probably be the best.
I hope everyone's referring to Anoles, which aren't actually Chameleons, but are sometimes referred to as Chameleons since they have the ability to change color. True Chameleons are way to big for that enclosure since they can grow to almost a foot and live in branches. They really need a tall vertical habitat.
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