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    Well, despite my preaching about keeping little cresties in small containers, I couldn't resist putting Scorpio into a new home: he's been doing so well that I had a hunch he'd have no issues. So far, this has proven correct since he's been exploring the whole place for the last 2 days and seems to have already settled in. He's just so active and such a good eater that I thought a bit more room would be good for him. I made sure to put a lot of foliage in with him and he has 3 different cork bark structures to hide/climb on. I also added a forked branch (maple). I'm keeping paper towel for substrate.

    I modified this tub last year for my garg. The plastic is just clear enough to see, but from the inside looking out, looks like looking through fog. It works really nicely. Anyway, he seems to like it as evidenced by his antics during cricket-time the past 2 nights.


    again, the only number on the thermometer that's relevant to the gecko is the top one


    view from the top. there's another cork tube under the piece on the right (you can see it in the right hand view)


    right side view


    left side view with CHE


    i interrupted him in the middle of stalking this cricket. i love that his eyes are the same color as his body




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    Looking good! What dimension container did you use? At first I thought this was small, but then compared to your little crestie it looks huge!

    I have most of my cresties in 12x12x18 or 18x18x24 Exo's, but I've been looking into putting future cresties in plastic tubs like you have so I can store them on my shelves better. I don't think I'd have room for any more Exo's after 14 of them! LOL!
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    Watch the lamp. The plastic tubs aren't rated for heat. They will melt if they get too hot. Possibly a heat pad on low would be a better thought.
    LseeIt, 14 Exos?! That's gotta be close to 1000 bucks.. I spent 100 and still have a few extra tubs. I believe I use 16 qt tubs for my individual Sarasinorium geckos. The containers are slightly smaller than a 10 gallon enclosure, and seem to work well. I also use 64 qt for trios. Don't waste money on the brand Bella, or something similar if you choose to do this. They drill like crap. Always spend the extra few bucks on the sterilites. Also I used Saras as an example because I don't keep cresties anymore, and their build is similar, minus the saras flighty demeanor.

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    Thankfully I didn't spend anywhere near that! I'm good with sales, coupons, and buying second hand and cleaning or fixing up. And a lot of my cresties came with them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikew1234 View Post
    Watch the lamp. The plastic tubs aren't rated for heat. They will melt if they get too hot. Possibly a heat pad on low would be a better thought.
    yep this is a 16qt i believe. the pads don't stick well to this plastic and i've found that for whatever reason, this method does a better job elevating ambient temp on one side than the pads do. i've only ever had success with the pads when they're mounted underneath a glass tank. i know what you mean though, i never trust plastic when heating elements are involved....when he gets bigger, i'll do away with heating period and won't have to worry.

    i have a 12x12x18" exo terra, but i think these are much more convenient and i can add horizontal and vertical room for much cheaper. as an aside, the plastic drawer sterilites look like they should be used for something. they're just too perfect for a small terrestrial creature. plus, you could keep your supplies in the drawer underneath.
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    I've definitely been looking to make the switch to plastic tubs that stack for future cresties since I'm starting to run out of room, especially once we consider all the turtle tanks we have.

    Luckily I also save like crazy on the plants. My in-laws wholesale silk plants, so they send me tons all the time.
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    0.0.1 Ceratophrys ornata [Argentine Horned Frog]
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    i actually ended up putting him back in the critter keeper again. he just wasn't finding his fruit/CGD. this is much better. at least we have the set up for when he's ready.
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