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    hi, I decided to change my setup a little bit and I would have Eco Earth as my substrate ( I have been using tile ) I would keep my background and hides ( I might change the cool hide ) and do you have any suggestions on plants and how to use Eco Earth, I also would like a clean up crew so if you have suggestions on what to get I am open, I already have some Isopods ( rollie pollies/ pill bugs ) started, they are not going in the tank untill I have the substrate, do Isopods eat leopard gecko waste? I have also heard of using millipeds but I'm worried about him eating them, I am also worried about the rollie pollies eating is favorite bark hide, what clean up crew eats leopard gecko waste, I am very open to critisizime. sorry if this is confusing.

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    Hey I'm thinking of going bioactive for my son's track when I set that up and passably changing my daughter's over to that too. I was looking at the bio dude site. He sells whole bio active kits specifically for leopard geckos and other lizards. It comes with substrate, plants, cork hides, leaf litter, and no shot which is like an enzyme that breaks down waste. But he also sells isopods and spring tails that break down the waste. I believe he uses purple isopods.

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    Not sure if this is going to work but here is his YouTube video of setting up a leopard gecko bioactive tank

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    And then here is that same tank 8 months later


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    thanks SO much, this helped A LOT.
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    It seems pretty simple and no real have once established

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    Sorry so many separate posts but her is a link directly to the leopard gecko kit. He sells them by tank size

    https://www.thebiodude.com/collectio...-bioactive-kit
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    does anyone know if I should use live plants? where do you get those flat shale rocks? can I get my plants and rocks from outside? I would like everyones opinion on this since every one has different preferences and opinions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Geecko123 View Post
    does anyone know if I should use live plants? where do you get those flat shale rocks? can I get my plants and rocks from outside? I would like everyones opinion on this since every one has different preferences and opinions.
    1)You can use live plants if you want, just make sure itís reptile safe. I know there was a list somewhere on this forum because I read it in the past. Type it in search and see if your lucky.

    2)You can use rocks from outside, however I would take a few cleaning steps:
    1.scrub with antibacterial soap
    2.rinse
    3.soak the rocks in a bucket, 1 part bleach to 10 part water for an hour.
    4.rinse, soak in plain water overnight to help remove residue.
    5. Air dry for a week before placing in the enclosure.

    Please keep in mind that I am not a geologist and donít know what each rock is comprised off and so you may notice things like fading or change in color. I have boiled rocks(slowly), but there is a risk of explosion.

    You can purchase flat rocks at stores like Home Depot or Lowes.

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    I wouldn’t recommend eco earth it’s too dusty and loose. You want packed substrate that won’t be easily sucked it by their cloaca while defecating. This substrate in the link by bio dude may be ok, however you want to consider the health of your leo and your experience)keeping leos . If you don’t know what is normal behavior yet, it’s likely not wise to go this route.

    I’ve never use loose substrate with my leos in part because all were rescues and part of their history was unknown. There can be irreversible damage done when a reptile has a rough beginning. For example a gecko with Cryptosporidium may have intussusception in the bowels which makes digestion and absorption difficult. I had this experience and the Leo looked healthy overall. My point is they can have underlying health conditions which will increase the changes of substrate impaction and you wouldn’t even know.

    https://www.thebiodude.com/blogs/the...d-terra-sahara
    We do not recommend the use of Terra Sahara if the animal in question has any existing health issues that may put them at risk of becoming impacted.

    If you insist to use it, I’d suggest a vet visit at minimum to check hydration and parasite load which can be a problem with impaction as well.

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