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    Your viv looks fantastic! Can you post a picture of your planted aquariums? I keep fish, too, and I am hoping to get some giant day geckos this year. It's a lot of fun to plan and design bioactive tanks, much like designing an aquarium.

    Re: feeding, I've found that my day geckos, when compared to my crested geckos, seem to like more insects in their diet. I feed small crickets 1-2 times per week (mine are P. laticauda, smaller than grandis), just a handful, and they seem to enjoy them. I also feed Pangea CGD twice a week, like Nathan usually Sunday and Wednesday for all my geckos.

    Re: wood lice... catch some and keep them with some damp leaves and soil for a couple of weeks. If they are still alive after that, they should be safe to add to the viv.

    Re: poop! I spray off my umbrella plant and for the most part over time the poop and urates dissolve and wash away. It's actually much easier to keep the live plants clean than the fake ones, I think! But my female really loves those ExoTerra suction cup vine plants. So I still keep them in there, on the sides.

    Here's my laticauda viv.



    I've added a few more vines on the sides since I took this photo. I am considering using a ZooMed Skyscraper (18x18x36) for giant day geckos, perhaps this fall. I've been raising crested geckos for many years but these day geckos are so much fun-- bright, colorful and diurnal, it's really very addicting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hypancistrus View Post
    Your viv looks fantastic! Can you post a picture of your planted aquariums? I keep fish, too, and I am hoping to get some giant day geckos this year. It's a lot of fun to plan and design bioactive tanks, much like designing an aquarium.

    Re: feeding, I've found that my day geckos, when compared to my crested geckos, seem to like more insects in their diet. I feed small crickets 1-2 times per week (mine are P. laticauda, smaller than grandis), just a handful, and they seem to enjoy them. I also feed Pangea CGD twice a week, like Nathan usually Sunday and Wednesday for all my geckos.

    Re: wood lice... catch some and keep them with some damp leaves and soil for a couple of weeks. If they are still alive after that, they should be safe to add to the viv.

    Re: poop! I spray off my umbrella plant and for the most part over time the poop and urates dissolve and wash away. It's actually much easier to keep the live plants clean than the fake ones, I think! But my female really loves those ExoTerra suction cup vine plants. So I still keep them in there, on the sides.

    Here's my laticauda viv.



    I've added a few more vines on the sides since I took this photo. I am considering using a ZooMed Skyscraper (18x18x36) for giant day geckos, perhaps this fall. I've been raising crested geckos for many years but these day geckos are so much fun-- bright, colorful and diurnal, it's really very addicting.
    Your viv is really beautiful and I think very appropriate for an arboreal species. I wish my viv were taller so that I could get more vertical structure. Thank you for the tips about feeding and cleaning

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    Hi skoram.

    I usually fed my adult pair 4-5 crickets/individual every 2 days. While babies and juvies will get 2-3 small/medium crickets every day (cricket size will follow the phelsuma size).

    Btw, what a nice setup you got there. ^_^
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hypancistrus View Post
    Your viv looks fantastic! Can you post a picture of your planted aquariums? I keep fish, too, and I am hoping to get some giant day geckos this year. It's a lot of fun to plan and design bioactive tanks, much like designing an aquarium.
    Thanks for the kind words! As requested, here are a few photos of my fish tanks:

    50 gallon riparium which houses a pair of wild Ivanacara adoketa:


    A closeup of the male adoketa:


    Below the riparium is 30 gallon vivarium which houses vampire crabs:


    2 of my other 30 gallon tanks side by side:


    A closeup of an Apistogramma nijsseni in the tank on the right:


    Your P. lauticada viv looks fantastic and, as I mentioned above, I think much more appropriate for arboreal geckos than mine. I got most of my information and inspiration from Dendroboard and I belatedly realized that the end result is something which much more closely resembles a dart frog vivarium. I've already made many changes to the tank to make it more Day Gecko friendly.

    I also realized why there is so much poop in my Sansevierias - because the geckos spend a lot of time climbing on them. I spray the leaves regularly but since the Sansevieria leaves form a closed axil, like bromeliads, all the poop and urea collects in the "cup." I occasionally dump large amounts of water to flush the axil, but I need to be cautious about overwatering. At any rate, the snake plants seem to be doing fine so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aquaplantae View Post
    Hi skoram.

    I usually fed my adult pair 4-5 crickets/individual every 2 days. While babies and juvies will get 2-3 small/medium crickets every day (cricket size will follow the phelsuma size).

    Btw, what a nice setup you got there. ^_^
    Thanks for the kind words After gathering all the advice and information from various members of this board, I've decided on a final regimen of feeding about 8-10 crickets/mealworms (in total, not 8-10 of both) two times per week and Repashy's CGD two times per week. Hopefully this provides a decent enough variety with enough nutrients and time to rest between meals.

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