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    I finished the new passion flower 'nursery' for the juvie cresties yesterday. Some of them have already discovered the blossoms and I've seen them nosing around and licking the pollen and/or nectar.




    The geckos were having a great old time snuggling down in the vines until I came along with the camera. Once the first flash went, they all started running around like crazy fools.

    It's a front opening 50 gallon tank. The only light is from the south facing window. There's no danger of it overheating since the 80' maples outside the window block the direct sunlight. I've had enclosures there before and it's never been a problem. Even in winter when the leaves are off the trees, the sun is too weak up here to be a problem.

    The white flowered plant in the left corner is Bacopa. It likes to be kept a bit on the moist side, so it's a perfect 'humid hide' plant. If it gets too dry, the flowers drop off. As long as I keep it blooming, I know there's a nice moist place for the geckos to hide and shed in.

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    What a nice planted tank. Looks like your juvies have lots of places to climb and hide! So cresties like the passion flowers? Do you know if they gain any nutrition from the pollen/nectar or do they just think it's sweet? What is the vine with the three prong leaves called? I don't mean to pester you with a bunch of questions, it just looks like a nice tank and I'm trying to collect an idea of what plants I'd like to use for a planted enclosure.

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    What a great idea! For how nuts my little guys go for passionfruit repashy, I would love to see them in there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geckoed View Post
    So cresties like the passion flowers? Do you know if they gain any nutrition from the pollen/nectar or do they just think it's sweet? What is the vine with the three prong leaves called?
    The vine is passion fruit, a.k.a. passion vine, Passiflora 'Amethyst' though any of the Passiflora varieties/species goes over well with the cresties. They do benefit from the pollen, it's got lots of micro-nutrients. The nectar is a good energy source as well. Both are natural parts of their diet, so you can't go wrong looking for plants with lots of pollen and nectar.

    I got the idea to use passion vine because of the way the flip over it in the Repashy diet. Even though I don't expect to have any fruit form under the conditions in the enclosure, it still provides them with some of the food they'd find in the wild. According to Allen Repashy, passion vine is a very common plant all over New Caledonia.
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    Thank you! I'll have to get some passion vine. It really does sound like a great idea and I'd like to create as natural environment as I can for my crestie. A plant that looks good and they benefit from will make a great addition to my setup.

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    I love this idea! I've got some passion vine growing outside of my house and it's one of my favorites! I'm defiantly going to bring some into my crestie tanks now! Thanks for sharing.

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    Nice! How many hatchlings do you keep in it?
    We have passion flower with our U. henkeli and our Rh. t. trachycephalus, and we must say that they look great in a viv! It grows real fast!

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