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    I have a 36" x 18" x 36" Exo Terra Vivarium that I'm nearly ready to plant. Installing a Mist King system this weekend. I've got a substrate consisting of a 3" layer of Hydroballs with a 3" to 4" layer of New England Herpetoculture mix on top of that. With this substrate and the walls being mainly coir, I'm expecting humidity of around 70% to 90%. I have a basking area than reaches 90 degrees with a temperature gradient of between 75 degrees and 80 degrees ambient. Tank is lit with four T5 HO bulbs (two ZooMed 5.0's and two Coralife 6500K's). With the size of the enclosure I was thinking either a pair of Grandis or a smaller species I can house as a group. I am open to suggestions. The enclosure will be heavily planted and I was thinking of a misting schedule of 15 seconds eight times a day. Please feel free to leave me any comments/criticisms you may have. Thanks in advance!

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    Looks nice, but with all these rough surfaces not much like a Phelsuma tank. Also I would say, this still is a bit too small for grandis (I do keep and breed this species since 29 years now). Spontaneously I would heavily plant it and then keep Holaspis, Takydromus or Opheodrys in it.
    Of course, there also are plenty other species to choose form.

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    Hey Ingo thanks for your reply. The enclosure will be heavily planted before introducing any animals. The walls are actually all soft coco fiber and foam if that's what you were thinking looks "rough". As to size of the enclosure, I'd really like to stick to Phelsuma species so if you have suggestions as to a smaller animal that would do well in a three foot by three foot enclosure it would be greatly appreciated.
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    Hi,
    again, Phelsuma tend to avoid both, soft and rough surfaces for climbing. Thus any Phelsuma wold hardly use the nice walls.
    However, adding lots of Bamboo sticks would still suffice as climbing surfaces for many of the smaller Phelsuma. What about klemmeri? Very nice, brightly coloured, more social than most Phelsuma. You can even leave the Babies in the parents tank and/or keep several females together with one male.
    The only Phelsuma I can imagine to use the Rock backwalls and Kork for climbing is P. barbouri, which in general needs a more rocky setup and less branches to climb on.

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    Current FTS

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    Ingo, what type of background would you recommend for the smaller species of phelsuma like laticauda or quadriocellata? I am setting up a 45 cm x 45 cm x 70 cm exo-terra for a breeding pair, and I had planned to use some cork backgrounds (with attached cork rounds for vertical hides) to mount air plants. This is bad news because I was really excited how the vivarium was going to look with some natural cork bark in there.

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    what products you used in the backround and how you made it, Op?
    Working with families Lygodactylus, Strophurus, Nephrurus, Sphaerodactylus along with few odd ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frinta View Post
    what products you used in the backround and how you made it, Op?
    I pretty much followed this guide exactly.

    New England Herpetoculture LLC - Custom Backgrounds
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    Quote Originally Posted by JJenkins View Post
    Ingo, what type of background would you recommend for the smaller species of phelsuma like laticauda or quadriocellata? I am setting up a 45 cm x 45 cm x 70 cm exo-terra for a breeding pair, and I had planned to use some cork backgrounds (with attached cork rounds for vertical hides) to mount air plants. This is bad news because I was really excited how the vivarium was going to look with some natural cork bark in there.
    I recommend Bamboo backwalls.

    You can either use fake ones
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    Or construct sth yourself


    You may also replace bamboo by branches with smooth or no bark
    Such surfaces should also be present within the volume of the enclosure

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    Man Ingo they are great looking displays! Are they yours?
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