View Full Version : Simple Strophurus Set-up (Step by Step)

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.

Step 2: I add equal amounts of coconut fiber.

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.

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.

Step 5: I use inverted plastic catch basins for shelter. I cut a hole in the side. You can add multiple shelters if needed.

Step 6: I add a few cleaned and disinfected branches. I then heavily mist the enclosure and add the geckos.

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.

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

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~

01-08-2005, 04:16 PM

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.



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.

01-09-2005, 01:24 PM

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.


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

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

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


01-13-2005, 03:29 PM

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...

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Best Regards Patrick

05-17-2006, 11:11 AM
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.

05-17-2006, 01:49 PM

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

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