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    Smile Thinking about going Live...

    Seriously thinking about doing a live viv for my crested gecko!

    not really sure where to start,

    throw some ideas at me!

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    Default Re: Thinking about going Live...

    A tall tank for starters then Pothos as ground cover and Corn Plant (Draceneas - until they outgrow enclosure) and Weeping Figs* (Ficus benjamina) and even bamboo for height however eventually all 3 will outgrow even a tall aquarium.

    This is a great list of reptile safe plants.


    Most of these plants fare well in daytime temperatures in the mid-80s (29-30 C), and can tolerate nighttime drops into the mid-60s (18-19 C).

    Bromeliads (Aechmea, Billbergia, Guzmania, Neoregelia) - clip spines
    Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema commutatum)
    Creeping Fig* (Ficus pumila)
    Corn Plant (Draceneas - until they outgrow enclosure)
    Dwarf Schefflera (Brassaia actinophylla)
    Earth Stars (Cryptanthus)
    Gesneriads (Aeschynanthus, Nematanthus)
    Orchids (Dendrobium, Epidendurm, Haemaria, Oncidium)
    Peacock Plant (Calathea stromata; Marantaceae)
    Peperomia (Peperomia obtusifolia, Piperacaeae)
    Ponytail Palms (Beaucarnea recurvata)
    Pothos (Scindapsus aureus, Epipremnum aureum)
    Rosary Vine (Ceropegia woodii)
    Sanseveria trifasciata, including the following cultivars: Bentel's Sensation, Laurenti, Moonshine, Gray Lady.
    Sanseveria parva, including cultivars: Hahnii, Hahnii "Loop's Pride", Hahnii Silver Frost, Golden Hahnii.
    Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus inserta)
    Virginia Spiderwort* (Tradescantia virginiana)
    Wandering Jew* ( Tradescantia zebrina)
    Weeping Figs* (Ficus benjamina)
    Walker. Lord grant me the strength to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and forgiveness when I finally snap. 0.1.0 Basilisk, 0.1.0 Green Iguana, 1.0.0 Chahua Gecko 0.1.0 Coastal Carpet Python Thanks to the ERAS adoption program for her.

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    Default Re: Thinking about going Live...

    I am happy to assist you in your vivarium preparation in any way I can.
    I would prefer to answer your questions in the right section on the forum (vivarium section), however.

    Apparently, I am pushy regarding this. I hope you do not think so.
    Adam Foster 780-757-8538 Orchids, vivaria, and a few other things
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    Default Re: Thinking about going Live...

    Quote Originally Posted by lukelightwalker View Post
    however eventually all 3 will outgrow even a tall aquarium.
    Plants grow only as big as you want them to. If you want them to stay small, prune them.
    Adam Foster 780-757-8538 Orchids, vivaria, and a few other things
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    Default Re: Thinking about going Live...

    thanks walker!! that's a great, and very helpful list.

    adam, any help would be great!! and my apologies, i forgot that the new section was there! i didn't intentionally disregard it!

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    Default Re: Thinking about going Live...

    At the moment, it's use it or lose it, otherwise I wouldn't bring it up.

    If you want the conversation to go beyond the "what plants are safe", I can help you in that regard, in the vivarium section.
    The problem is that people don't consider the needs of the plants, or what is available when they make these lists. Some need pretty good lighting, some need fairly high humidity, good drainage and air movement, some are only available seasonally, through certain people, or by special order, etc. and none of those details are indicated in the safe plants lists.
    Last edited by lordoftheswarms; 02-04-2012 at 12:46 PM.
    Adam Foster 780-757-8538 Orchids, vivaria, and a few other things
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    Default Re: Thinking about going Live...

    walker, i can't save that list to this computer right now,
    if i start a new thread in natural vivaria, will you be able to repost it for me?
    then i can get mods to delete

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