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    Hey!

    I'm Michael. I live in Missouri and I am a total newb to reptiles in general. I have a 40 gallon hexagon aquarium that I am wanting to make into an enclosure for crested geckos. It is 22" tall so I think it will be good for cresties since they like to climb. I really like to DIY things anytime I can. I think to start I want to do fake plants. I am having hard time deciding on substrate tho. I kinda want to do some kind of DIY back ground of some kind but Idk where to start on that either. I have seen a lot of great ideas on here and I was wondering if there was a certain type of spray foam you guys use or if any kind of spray foam is safe to use. I really look forward to getting to know everyone and learning from you guys. Thanks in advance for everything.

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    It sounds like you have several choices to make. Honestlt, I'd browse the DIY subforum.
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    Oh, and welcome to GU!
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    Think about possibly turning it on one of the ends so it's taller. Theres tons of DIY ideas in here and welcome to GU! Check out New England Herpetoculture LLC - Home Page for ideas on substrates and hardware. They also have some pretty good write ups on DIY ideas.
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    It's a hexagon shaped tank so it's more round. Actually if you squared it out the tank would be a cube.

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    Hey michael welcome aboard!
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    Hi and welcome Michael. I'm sure you'll find the answers to your questions somewhere on this forum. It , and the people on it.... Are a wealth of knowledge and experience....... Have fun creating for your geckos

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    Well I went to repticon yesterday morning and fell in love with this little cutie so he/she came home with me. This picture really does do it justice. It's a really pretty rusty color and he's super sweet. He's just in a small critter carrier for now but his forever home will either be a 40 gallon hexagon tank or I am thinking about converting a shelf into an enclosure for him.
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    Here is a better picture of my little one. I decided to name him Smeagol.

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    This is his temporary home until he gets big enough for his 40 hex.

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    You really should add more climbing surfaces like branches and leaves, or plants, even plastic vines. He won't feel secure in such a bare set-up. They're mostly arboreal, so they need to feel like they're hiding in trees or shrubs. Even if it's only temporary, it will stress him out without enough cover to hide in.
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