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    Default No drainage layer - is it ruined?

    I recently set up a planted exoterra with ABG mix and pothos for a crested gecko. I didn't include a drainage layer; is the setup ruined, and do I need to tear it all down and rebuild?
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    .5.1 rosy boas, 0.2 leucistic Texas rat snakes, 1.0 blotched king snake, 1.0 eastern indigo snake, 1.0 corn snake
    , 1.0 ball python, 0.1 tri-color hognose snake, 0.1 red mountain rat snake, 1.1.1 crested geckos.
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    Default Re: No drainage layer - is it ruined?

    I would suggest you rebuild it. It will be hard to maintain good moisture without the soil layer becoming anerobic. A drainage layer will allow you to maintain the perfect moist environment for your cretie.

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    Default Re: No drainage layer - is it ruined?

    Yep, rebuild it. I've made it work previously, but it's always a temporary tank, never a permanent set up.
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    Default Re: No drainage layer - is it ruined?

    Gotcha. I ordered the right stuff from NEHerp and will tear it down when it arrives.
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    .5.1 rosy boas, 0.2 leucistic Texas rat snakes, 1.0 blotched king snake, 1.0 eastern indigo snake, 1.0 corn snake
    , 1.0 ball python, 0.1 tri-color hognose snake, 0.1 red mountain rat snake, 1.1.1 crested geckos.
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    Default Re: No drainage layer - is it ruined?

    ah, that sucks. It'll be easier to rebuild now than after all the plants have rooted and really grown in. I'm looking forward to some pictures of the finished project
    Ian Kanda

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    Default Re: No drainage layer - is it ruined?

    Here's a very quick picture of the rebuilt enclosure. I'm told that I need more arboreal stuff, so I guess I'll grab some bamboo until I can get some magnaturals...

    crestie enclosure.jpg

    The soil is a modified ABG mix (basically I left out the tree fern, because I simply couldn't find it) with Zoo Med's Hydroballs as a drainage layer, separated by mesh; the plants are Pothos and, if I remember correctly, some kind of bromeliad which I'm probably going to remove; there's cork bark and sphagnum on the ground for hiding spots and to help maintain soil humidity.

    I hope this version of it is okay.
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    5
    .5.1 rosy boas, 0.2 leucistic Texas rat snakes, 1.0 blotched king snake, 1.0 eastern indigo snake, 1.0 corn snake
    , 1.0 ball python, 0.1 tri-color hognose snake, 0.1 red mountain rat snake, 1.1.1 crested geckos.
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