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    Hi! The vivarium looks great! I'm hoping to do something like this for my leopard gecko Leon. I just have one question. How will you get the gecko out of the tunnels once it's in? Is your gecko tame enough that it Will just walk up to you if you put your hand in? Sorry if this sounds weird I'm very new to Geckos Unlimited.

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    My gecko tries to get out when I take the screen top off, he's very tame and loves to get out of his tank any chance he can get. I cannot get him out during the day unless I happen to wake him up and lure him out, I acquired a 40 gallon breeder tank a few weeks ago and he will be moving into that either next week or the week after. Same concept just bigger and I was able to get a little more creative with the 40 than I did the 20L
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    B. dubia, T. molitor, M. quinquemaculata

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    Had no idea that I never updated this with the new vivarium. I acquired a 40 gallon breeder for free from a local person giving it away so I moved everything over to that, more room means I could get more creative. I basically moved everything from the 20L to the 40, tried to keep mixtures about the same and my "drainage" area for the plants is just a 2 inch layer of 70% sand and 30% topsoil. Pictures as always.....

    Portulaca grandiflora and Agave spp.

    Portulaca grandiflora and Portulaca afra

    Before adding the rocks and such.

    Beetles

    More beetles

    Front side view showing the depth of substrate.

    With everything

    Updated plant area since both Portulaca's did not fare so well in there. New plants are Aloe zanzibarica, Sansevieria and Crassula ovata. The Agave spp. is the one I had originally.
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    "Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference." ~ Winston Churchill

    “I’m being extremely clever up here and there’s no one to stand around looking impressed! What’s the point in having you all?”-The 11th Doctor.

    1.0.0- Leopard Gecko (Ziggy)
    1.0.0- Crested Gecko (Axel-The Frogman)
    0.1.0- Guinea Pig (Brownie)
    B. dubia, T. molitor, M. quinquemaculata
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    Omg Jess that is amaaaaazing! Those flowers are so pretty, too bad they didn't work out! Did you just scrape out the clay mixture from the old tank? I know you have the names listed but I can't tell - what is the grassy looking plant called? I was looking at something like in home depot that but wasn't sure if it was safe. But it has the look that I want.

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    That's a species of Agave, I picked it up at a local nursery, I try to shop local over big box stores when it comes to my plants. I scraped most of the clay out of the told tank and I still need to get more out to mix in with the top layer of substrate, once it dried it didn't hold tunnels or burrows too well.
    "Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference." ~ Winston Churchill

    “I’m being extremely clever up here and there’s no one to stand around looking impressed! What’s the point in having you all?”-The 11th Doctor.

    1.0.0- Leopard Gecko (Ziggy)
    1.0.0- Crested Gecko (Axel-The Frogman)
    0.1.0- Guinea Pig (Brownie)
    B. dubia, T. molitor, M. quinquemaculata

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    That's awesome! How big is the tank (I.E hight, width, and length).

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    I know! They're so expensive and funds do not allow me to spend close to $40 or more for a bulb right now, there is a local pet store that carries Arcadia bulbs but I can get the Zoo Med Reptisun in 5.0, If I do UVB I will have to change the light fixture to one that reflects. The fixture I have is an under cabinet fluorescent one with an 18" daylight bulb in there.
    Big Apple Pet Supply (1-800-922-7753) beats the lowest price one finds by 5%: http://www.bigappleherp.com/site/con...service.html#5

    I bought a dozen Zoo Med Reptisun 5.0 tube fluorescents (T8s) for my Phelsuma barbouri there a couple years ago. The directions on these tubes recommend changing them out annually. I house mine in 18" Slimline fixtures.

    Is that thick leafed succulent a jade?
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    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)
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    Thanks Elizabeth, I have recently been offered a job with Amazon working from home so I plan on buying a fixture and bulbs through them to use with small amounts of UVB for both Ziggy and Axel. That is not Jade, I was just at that garden center where I bought it the other day and I was like ok that's what it is, I'll remember that....well I forgot before I even left the store because I had sundews and butterworts on my mind. I picked up a book on succulents at the library yesterday so I'll look through it and figure out what is is and edit the post with the correct name.

    @World of Herps, it's a standard 40 gallon breeder so 36"L x 18"W x 17"H.
    "Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference." ~ Winston Churchill

    “I’m being extremely clever up here and there’s no one to stand around looking impressed! What’s the point in having you all?”-The 11th Doctor.

    1.0.0- Leopard Gecko (Ziggy)
    1.0.0- Crested Gecko (Axel-The Frogman)
    0.1.0- Guinea Pig (Brownie)
    B. dubia, T. molitor, M. quinquemaculata
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    Hey Jess ~

    Good for you! I hope you love working for Amazon.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
    You find at the beach
    Follow you home"

    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)
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    Elizabeth, that other succulent is a jade plant, its called 'Hobbit' Jade (Crassula ovata).
    "Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference." ~ Winston Churchill

    “I’m being extremely clever up here and there’s no one to stand around looking impressed! What’s the point in having you all?”-The 11th Doctor.

    1.0.0- Leopard Gecko (Ziggy)
    1.0.0- Crested Gecko (Axel-The Frogman)
    0.1.0- Guinea Pig (Brownie)
    B. dubia, T. molitor, M. quinquemaculata
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