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Nathan Hall
01-07-2005, 01:00 AM
Most of our Strophurus are set up like this. This relatively simple set-up has worked well for me.

Step 1: I add a few pounds of fine sand to a clean and disinfected 10-gallon aquarium.
http://www.geckosunlimited.com/strophurussetup1.jpg

Step 2: I add equal amounts of coconut fiber.
http://www.geckosunlimited.com/strophurussetup2.jpg

Step 3: I mix the sand and coconut fiber together until I have a nice "loamy" substrate. I also add a nestbox, with moist coconut fiber.
http://www.geckosunlimited.com/strophurussetup3.jpg

Step 4: I place a vertically-situated cork bark slab in the enclosure. I make sure that the heat lamp warms the cork bark. This gives the geckos a greater amount of warm surface area.
http://www.geckosunlimited.com/strophurussetup4.jpg

Step 5: I use inverted plastic catch basins for shelter. I cut a hole in the side. You can add multiple shelters if needed.
http://www.geckosunlimited.com/catchbasin1.jpg
http://www.geckosunlimited.com/strophurussetup5.jpg

Step 6: I add a few cleaned and disinfected branches. I then heavily mist the enclosure and add the geckos.
http://www.geckosunlimited.com/strophurussetup6.jpg

Step 7: The set-ups are placed on shelves. Don't forget the screen top! I then mount 25-watt lights on the shelves. Make sure that the lights are positioned so that the geckos can bask and are also allowed areas to cool down to thermoregulate.
http://www.geckosunlimited.com/strophurussetup7.jpg

Jerry Peebles
01-07-2005, 03:35 PM
Nathan,
A very professional looking setup! Well done!!
Regards,
Jerry.

alive
01-07-2005, 04:34 PM
WOW~ that's how it is done! I have always learn thing from Nathan's post~

Great teacher of the Gecko knowledge~

chuckpowell
01-08-2005, 04:16 PM
Nathan,

The last picture shows alot of moisture on the glass - do you really keep them that wet? I've kept a few over the years and have one now but never kept them very wet.

Best,

Chuck

Nathan Hall
01-08-2005, 07:18 PM
No, the photo is misleading. I just misted the enclosures about 20 seconds before I took the picture. The enclosures are allowed to dry between mistings.

Brandon
01-09-2005, 01:24 PM
Nathan,

My setup is very similar but i keep my strophs on paper towel. I also use the bend-a-vine stuff by exo terra in conjuction with corkbark and natural sticks. I mist lighty twice a day allowing it to dry out completely between mistings. I offer a basking a spot of about 95 F in conjuction with UV lighting. I will try to post a picture today.

Brandon

Nathan Hall
01-09-2005, 02:11 PM
Brandon,

Sounds good. I think the members will benefit by seeing other set-ups. Thanks!!

Brandon
01-09-2005, 05:30 PM
Here is a quick pic before i made the switch to paper towel.

http://www.geckoworld.co.uk/gallery/albums/userpics/10105/stroph%20enclosure.JPG

oscar
01-13-2005, 03:29 PM
Nathan,

i did just as you said.... but i ran out of geckos. got any extras lying around? ;)

Nathan Hall
01-15-2005, 01:16 PM
LOL! Sure, no problem...

oscar
01-17-2005, 01:31 PM
i wish!

if i bought all the species that i fell in love with my wife would kick me and my colection out. gotta build them up slowly so she doesnt notice. lol

Geckoworld
01-19-2005, 06:47 PM
Very nice Nathan, can I just ask, what are you using those labels stuck on your enclosures for?

Nathan Hall
01-19-2005, 06:57 PM
I use them for specimen identification. They have the specimen number, bloodline info., age, etc. I also keep the info. on the computer.

Leland
02-08-2005, 12:32 PM
Nice set-ups you have there Nathan, I am hoping to get some Strophs. later on this year. those look like S.ciliaris? What species are you keeping?

Nathan Hall
02-11-2005, 07:43 AM
S. c. ciliaris and S. williamsi

Nathan Hall
02-11-2005, 07:45 AM
Brandon,

FIX THAT PHOTO!!!! Oh...pretty please :D

DDReptiles
05-16-2006, 04:59 PM
Well I hate to bring this post back from the dead LOL :twisted: 8)

Anyways, would a setup like this work for baby willisami?? Or should I do it on a smaller scale?? What should the temps be like??

Should I use the sand/peat moss mixture or use paper towel?? Or does it really matter.

Thanks Derek

kozmo
05-16-2006, 05:39 PM
Is this just for one animal or for pairs? What do the williamsi typically sell for?

Also, all I ever hear about is impaction with sandy substrates, is this ever an issue I notice many of you use sand with your Nephrurus as well.

geckodan
05-16-2006, 06:29 PM
Nathan, Are those screen tops commercially made???

Amyae
05-16-2006, 06:52 PM
Hello Dan,

Exo-Terra, has right now some in the market for the sizes they have available for their vivs. If my memery goes well (if not, sorry), zoomed had also some.

I don't know if the ones from Nathan are own manufactured or bought, but hope this could help a bit ;)

Best regards,

Luis Casasús

Uropl@tus
05-17-2006, 10:43 AM
Nice cages and very easy.

Best Regards Patrick

JBReptiles
05-17-2006, 11:11 AM
Derek,
You can use a 5 gallon cage with some sticks and bark for a single williamsi.pretty much the same as nathens pics.Just dont need the nest box.

DDReptiles
05-17-2006, 01:49 PM
Jeff,

I don't have any 5 gallons, I have plenty of 10's and a few Large kritter keepers (about the same size as a 5).

What should the temperatures be like in the cage, I read like 110 as a hot spot and high 70s low 80s as the ambient. Is this ok??

Thanks Derek

Toyvet
05-17-2006, 08:19 PM
Thanks Nathan. Great info and pics as usual;
Greg