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    Hey, I have a buddy of mine who I'm trying to help set up a crested gecko tank, they saw my Leo and I talked them into it lol.

    Anyways, I just wanted some clarification on tank height. I've read around and from what I can tell find juvenile geckos like it nice and small, critter keepers and such.

    But for the adults I keep seeing two things, the 18x18x24 exo terrain and 10 gallon set up vertically. From what I measured a 10 gal is 4 inches shorter than the exo terra.

    Basically my question is this, would an adult gecko be comfortable in a 10 gal vertical set up or do the 4 inches make all the difference?

    I'm sorry if this has been touched on before but my searching didn't come up with much and my friend and I were a little confused. The gecko hasn't been bought yet, as he wants to do a planted tank so he's gonna wait, but the gecko he has his eye on looks to almost be adult size. Yes, I did read the faq up top as well but I wanted some opinions.

    Thanks for your input!

    (ps I am a bit number dyslexic and I think I'm getting myself confused with the measurements.)

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    here is my opinion if you are doing a planted viv use the exo terrain simple because of the dirt taking the extra space that is what i use. the 10 gallon is fine if you are not going to plant because in a planted the substrate takes the extra room you would have but in a 10 gallon it would be less room when planted make sense

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    Quote Originally Posted by lisaowens View Post
    here is my opinion if you are doing a planted viv use the exo terrain simple because of the dirt taking the extra space that is what i use. the 10 gallon is fine if you are not going to plant because in a planted the substrate takes the extra room you would have but in a 10 gallon it would be less room when planted make sense
    Yes, that does make sense! Since he wants it planted ill tell him to get an exo terra. I really didn't even think about that. Thanks!

    Anybody else? I'm curious as to what people think. :P

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    The general consensus that I've read on several caresheets and breeders is that the equivalent of a 20 gallon tank is ideal for an adult crestie.

    However, a 12x12x18 ExoTerra has also been said to suffice (the equivalent of about 10 gallons) so there's no reason a 10gal tank shouldn't work.

    I have my one adult female in an 18x18x24 and she loves it...I couldn't imagine keeping her in anything smaller.

    My other almost-adult crestie is in a 17 gal tub, and again, she loves all the space.

    Cresties don't technically need anything more than 10gal, but from my experience, they sure do enjoy more space, so I would go as big as you're able for an adult.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cassicat4 View Post
    The general consensus that I've read on several caresheets and breeders is that the equivalent of a 20 gallon tank is ideal for an adult crestie.

    However, a 12x12x18 ExoTerra has also been said to suffice (the equivalent of about 10 gallons) so there's no reason a 10gal tank shouldn't work.

    I have my one adult female in an 18x18x24 and she loves it...I couldn't imagine keeping her in anything smaller.

    My other almost-adult crestie is in a 17 gal tub, and again, she loves all the space.

    Cresties don't technically need anything more than 10gal, but from my experience, they sure do enjoy more space, so I would go as big as you're able for an adult.
    I read that as well, I just wanted to be super sure before throwing all this at my buddy. I'm sure he'll go for the exo terra in the end but it's nice to be sure.

    Thank you!

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    I say go for the Exo-terra as well because I can't see how you would make a 10 gallon put onto it's end into a planted vivarium? Unless you were going to put an edge on the bottom so the substrate stayed in, lol.
    Plus, I think the Exo-terras look way better as planted tanks, but that's just my opinion. :P
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    Quote Originally Posted by KTyne View Post
    I say go for the Exo-terra as well because I can't see how you would make a 10 gallon put onto it's end into a planted vivarium? Unless you were going to put an edge on the bottom so the substrate stayed in, lol.
    Plus, I think the Exo-terras look way better as planted tanks, but that's just my opinion. :P
    Well there are many diy things using plexiglass. Basically you cut the sheet into three pieces, two smaller ends and the middle (which would be the doors) be bigger. You use a solid sheet along the bottom to keep substrate in, then doors in the middle, then the top portion would be a screen for air. A little work but it does the trick.

    But I agree the exo terra is definitely looking the way to go if he wants to pursue the planted tank. The extra top inches definitely do seem to be making the difference for a planted tank.

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    if one is patient and has time, they can also be found cheaply on craigslist from time to time. I prefer the exos over the zoomed version, as the double-opening doors are nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aimless View Post
    if one is patient and has time, they can also be found cheaply on craigslist from time to time. I prefer the exos over the zoomed version, as the double-opening doors are nice.
    That's what he was wanting to do. The Georgia listing are kinda crappy. We live in southeast Georgia and all the good stuff is in Atlanta. XD

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    Quote Originally Posted by athdaraxen View Post
    That's what he was wanting to do. The Georgia listing are kinda crappy. We live in southeast Georgia and all the good stuff is in Atlanta. XD

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    you are in GA so am i i got mine here for 25 if you would like her info i can give it to you

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