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    Is this a possible substrate for Crested Geckos? I don't think I've ever seen it talked about, mainly only Eco Earth which I can't seem to find at the pet-store I go to Will plantation soil work instead?

    I'm moving my young Crestie into her new, large enclosure soon hopefully. She's sitting at around 7grams so I was thinking of waiting until about 10 or 12 grams before moving her? Thoughts? The new enclosure will be a 24x18x18 Exo-Terra.

    I was thinking of using the Cork Tile background by Zoo-Med, any other thoughts to make her new home nicer? I already have tons of foliage and sticks and stuff (Not too cluttered though) and was thinking of maybe adding bamboo?

    I'm not ready to use live plants or such yet so that's not an option.

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    Plantation soil is the same thing as Eco Earth, just different name. So yes, it will be fine to use. I have it in some of my gecko tanks as well.

    As long as the food bowl is easy to find and the tank has plenty of foliage/hides/cover as well as things to climb, your gecko should be fine to move at that size. Some people recommend waiting until at least 15g, but from my experience, smaller geckos can thrive just fine as long as they feel secure and can access food.

    Something I highly recommend - all of my crestie enclosures have foam pvc insulation tubes as branches/ledges and they work wonderfully! They're fine with humidity, are easy for the geckos to grip, easy to clean, and just cut them slightly larger than the length/width of the enclosure and they wedge right in. They're also very inexpensive...around $1-$3 at Home Depot for 6ft+ length. Every night, I catch my geckos hanging out on them, and most of mine even sleep on them now. I use them in KKs for my babies, and 18x18x24s for my adults.

    Bamboo works fine too. Just ensure it's untreated and unstained so the dyes don't leach into your gecko's enclosure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cassicat4 View Post
    Plantation soil is the same thing as Eco Earth, just different name. So yes, it will be fine to use. I have it in some of my gecko tanks as well.

    As long as the food bowl is easy to find and the tank has plenty of foliage/hides/cover as well as things to climb, your gecko should be fine to move at that size. Some people recommend waiting until at least 15g, but from my experience, smaller geckos can thrive just fine as long as they feel secure and can access food.

    Something I highly recommend - all of my crestie enclosures have foam pvc insulation tubes as branches/ledges and they work wonderfully! They're fine with humidity, are easy for the geckos to grip, easy to clean, and just cut them slightly larger than the length/width of the enclosure and they wedge right in. They're also very inexpensive...around $1-$3 at Home Depot for 6ft+ length. Every night, I catch my geckos hanging out on them, and most of mine even sleep on them now. I use them in KKs for my babies, and 18x18x24s for my adults.

    Bamboo works fine too. Just ensure it's untreated and unstained so the dyes don't leach into your gecko's enclosure.
    Thank you Cassi

    Keeping my humidity up is really not an issue so no worries there!

    I was thinking of just getting those bamboo tube things from the pet-store. Also a place to hide because they're hollowed out.

    I'm just worried she will stop eating again once moved into the new, larger enclosure. When I first got her she was 4grams and I kept her in the 24x18x18 tank and she wouldn't eat. Upon reading and further research I moved her into the CK she is in now and she began eating within a day.
    Her not eating in the larger enclosure could be due to the stress of the move as well so I'm not sure. I guess I'll find out
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    I've always used Eco Earth and then once I got into natural vivs I have used this NE Hero substrate, they mix it themselves. Check it out New England Herpetoculture LLC - Substrate - Vivarium

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