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    Hello everyone,

    I just thought I would join here to post about my partners Leo and try and find more out really as new to myself. I keep fish myself in planted tanks but this is my first lizard. I have a very good local reptile store called Evolution Reptiles in Oxfordshire that I have discussed a lot with them.

    Some advise goes against the grain but this is based on their views and what they have done when breeding their own Leo's etc and they certainly seem to care and look after all their reptiles to the highest standards I have seen a store do.





    P.S please ignore the cabling, am awaiting the electrician to install a bank of plugs behind the Viv.
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    What a great looking set up!
    If I had the patience, I'd try to do a naturalistic set up for my leo. I'm sure she'd love it. But I'm also sure that I'd kill the plants.
    I have the direct opposite of a green thumb... LOL
    How is it that I can keep exotic species healthy and happy and able to breed them with out problems, but when I try to keep a plant alive... they just die? Oh well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yoshi'smom View Post
    What a great looking set up!
    If I had the patience, I'd try to do a naturalistic set up for my leo. I'm sure she'd love it. But I'm also sure that I'd kill the plants.
    I have the direct opposite of a green thumb... LOL
    How is it that I can keep exotic species healthy and happy and able to breed them with out problems, but when I try to keep a plant alive... they just die? Oh well.
    Well I haven't tried plants such as these but hoping that my previous experience with looking after planted aquariums and them growing will go somewhere along the way. From what I have seen in the reptile side of things stuff such as lighting seems very limited with the light I have from ZooMed the only real LED option aimed at this area.

    I will see how it goes and use them for now but may move over to using some aquarium lighting for the vivarium as there are some great options in that regards which offer much more versatility. For instance if you check out AI Prime HD LED - Black | Aquatics | Charterhouse Aquatics - this offers what plants need and have day/night cycle with proper night lighting and all done wireless with an app so need for timers plugged in and control boxes.

    It then means you can use something like the Evo thermostate that I have to properly control the heat mat and heat bulb for day night cycle as well without huge costs. Honestly if this wasn't already all setup then I would have got that light myself but it was kinda a one stop shopping spree as partner has just moved in and Spotty (the Leo not the misses) only had a small 10 gallon tank to play in and is about 4 years old so felt getting a larger setup and having a go at live plants must be worth it.

    Plants are watered with an 8mm ID tube behind the background with a funnel that I can pour water in as needed. I can spot water into the root area with the funnel too if needed for plants that don't have such deep routes and that way keep the majority of the sand dry so not to make it too humid for the Leo.

    I still need to get another hide to go on the heated side of the viv but pay day was today so going to pop down tomorrow. The wood itself offers some natural hides but not enough to really let Spotty choice where he wants to hang out.

    We haven't seen him all week mind but the crickets etc are being eaten (or at least disappearing) so assume all is good on this front. He did clime the background a few times to check it out and was worried he would fall but he seemed all good.

    I am not fully happy with the layout but not sure what else I can do. I just want to fill it out vertically more because although Leo's are not great climbers doesn't mean they won't use the space vertically if they can run up there (or hide under) so want to do something with the left side in that open space.

    Maybe 3 or 4 larger rocks that can create an area but they need to be similar stone as shown but around 5x the size as single pieces or I could buy smaller and glue them together to create an area. Thoughts? At least with that I can make sure the footprint of tank isn't too small and he can get up there easily if wanted.

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    A warm welcome to Geckos Unlimited, Curlyriff!

    About how old is your leo?

    Thanks for sharing naturalistic possibilities! Planting the seeds is the beginning of change!
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    Cheers Elizabeth, he's 4 years old approx from what I know as my partner was given him by a friend. And I will hopefully be able to give more details on setup and you can see the progress with this as I keep it updated.

    I have another post that moderators are checking with details about alternative lights that are worth a look for planted setups Be it for desert or rainforest or anything in between.

    Edit: any questions about setup please ask.
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    Thanks! to you, too!

    I'm looking forward to your updates!
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    How thick is the substrate? Succulents do not particularly like wet feet so I would shoot for at least 2 inches or more of some rocks/pebbles mixed with a 70%sand to 30% topsoil mixture for the drainage area and then a couple of inches of substrate for the roots. Other than that it looks fantastic.
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    I hope they will be interesting. I know there is a lot to read on here so I've got some learning and with that I hope I can improve the life that Spotty has. A custome 3D background will be something on the list. My only shame is the limited space as I only have 3ft in width and 18" of depth where I feel a 3ft square would be ideal for custom setup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JessJohnson87 View Post
    How thick is the substrate? Succulents do not particularly like wet feet so I would shoot for at least 2 inches or more of some rocks/pebbles mixed with a 70%sand to 30% topsoil mixture for the drainage area and then a couple of inches of substrate for the roots. Other than that it looks fantastic.
    That's pretty much the mix of sand and top soil. It is 3" deep with just over an inch of drainage zone so the roots can establish in the lower substrate levels and keep the water out of Spotty's area.

    The viv is 24" tall which may make everything look like the depth is lower.

    This is a similar setup to what Evolution Reptiles do with their tanks in store.

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    Wonderful enclosure! Do you know the names of the plants planted next to the exo terra hide and in the far back right corner? They look very nice!

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