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    Hello! I've owned my Leopard Gecko, Diego for two years as of April turning three in august. (FYI Diego is a girl but I'm not about changing the name.)

    Anyhow,
    I've been wanting to to have a live planted tank. Not just for aesthetics (I hate plastic plants) but just the concept of living things balancing out my tank is something I like to play around with. I do have questions though.

    Can I still use my existing substrate? (Eco earth) If no, then what are the recommendations? If yes, would I need to use a second brick? I see a lot of people pulling off a 'level' sort of look for the bugs to be able to burro successfully.

    What are the recommended plants for people who are trying this for the first time?
    What are the recommend insects for people who are trying this for the first time?
    How often do you change the substrate?
    How many insects/species should I have in an Exo Terra 24x18x12?
    Would a 2-5% UVB light work for the plants?
    What kind of UVB do you use?
    How can I keep the humidity between 10-20%?
    How can I avoid hard water stains when I spray the side in the morning to let him drink?
    If I do get the stains, is there a way to remove them?

    And lastly- what I want to know most, when changing the substrate how do you do so? I just dump my substrate into a bag and throw it away, how do you manage the insects? Do you just add in new substrate and wait for the rest to break down?

    Got any personal experiences that ended well or in tragedy in caring for your LG in general? Let me know! I'm open to listen to those.

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    I don't have leos, and I don't use fake plants, but I can answer the few parts of your post that I've had experience with.

    Isopods and springtails are the most commonly used "clean-up crew" with vivariums. I have heard that you can spot-clean substrate maybe once a week, with a full clean every 6 months.

    F10 is a good veterinary cleaner/disinfectant for water stains. If you have hard water, try using purified water instead of tap water for misting. It still has necessary minerals in it, but not the amount of iron that causes hard-water staining.
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    I think these three videos will give one option and will answer some of your questions

    Leopard Gecko Bioactive take 3......Jessica Johnson -- 11 Dec 2017

    Leopard gecko bioactive, take 2 (9 March 2017)......Jessica Johnson

    Leopard gecko bioactive vivarium......Jessica Johnson

    and this is the long version...very informative

    Bio-active Leopard Gecko Vivarium.

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