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    Hey guys, I'm in the process of setting up a live terrarium for a pair of Phelsuma Grandis. I'm in need of a few things but I'm not sure what or where to get them. The first and biggest thing for me is getting a list of plants that are safe to use with the Grandis. Second, I need some bamboo (tank is 6 feet long so it needs to be a little longer for what I have in mind.) where do you guys get yours? Last but not least, I need a waterfall. I tried to make one but gave up on it since I don't have as much spare time like I use to. Are normal table top waterfalls ok to use? Thanks in advance for all the help.

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    I would strongly recommend you spend a little time in the DIY subforum. You'll find a ton of information about each of your questions.
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    Thanks Aimless, I'll dig around a little more when I have some free time but haven't been able to find a whole lot of info. I've found some but not the specifics like I'm looking for. If you know of any right off the bat feel free to link them for me! I'm going to try to post some pictures while it's being put together!

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    Well, after a lot (and I mean A LOT) of time in the DIY section of the forum I found some answers to my questions. However, I still have a couple and cant seem to find the answers anywhere. I'm getting a pair of Phelsuma Grandis and I have some ideas on plants but I've been wondering about putting in some live bamboo for them. Has anyone else ever done this?
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    Is there a species that stays short enough?
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    I find the biggest issue with plants to be coming up with the appropriate temperature and lighting to sustain them. I have tried a fair number of plants in the past 10 years or so and have not really had much success except with pothos and bromeliad. The issues seem to be whether the plant needs direct or indirect light, how much light, how much moisture, and whether the plant needs a sig. temp drop to grow well. I'm obviously not a plant expert or I would have been more successful.

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    Check out sanseviera (snake plant). It comes in many different lengths. It is exceptionally easy to grow in a vivarium. I use these for Phelsuma and for cresties. Keep them potted in their own pots.
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    I planned on getting the bromeliads, snake plant and some pothos. I'm just looking for some taller plants that would act more like a tree than a flower. I saw some mini palms but I'm worried about the leaves tearing the skin.
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    Don't worry about them tearing their skin on the sharp edges of palms; they won't be a problem. I doubt you would be able to acquire any bamboo that stays short enough to keep long-term in a tank. Dragonplants can be good, but they're not too exciting. Your plant list so far sounds totally fine though. Pothos is good to have in large quantities, and under the right conditions it can really go everywhere and make the cage look awesome. just make sure you have enough diagonal and horizontal sticks and bamboo for the geckos to rest on.
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