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Old 01-02-2017, 05:01 AM
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I'm a newbie when it comes to planted tanks, but as I have a spare 55 I thought it would be a cool thing to try. The thing is that I'm really interested in getting a pair of Fire Skinks. Can I use a false bottom with them, or will they mess it up? Or if they burrow a lot will I need a false bottom at all?

Should I give up on the idea and go with Day Geckos instead?

I realize this isn't strictly frog related, but as far as I know dendroboard has some of the most experienced vivarium builders on the internet. I thought it wouldn't hurt to ask for some advice.
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Old 01-02-2017, 05:52 PM
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I don't see how they'd mess up a false bottom so long as you make absolutely sure they can't get into the false bottom. Maybe an extra layer of nylon cross stitch mesh?
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Use a solidly secured false bottom like those using eggcrating with the screen barrier siliconed firmly to all of the walls to keep them out of it. If you do it this way and have a way to really drain the bottom you can mist the lizards on a daily basis during a "rainy" season if you want as it lets the upper layers dry out and similates a more more natural environment. It works best if you can prevent or really reduce water accumulation in the bottom.

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Use a solidly secured false bottom like those using eggcrating with the screen barrier siliconed firmly to all of the walls to keep them out of it. If you do it this way and have a way to really drain the bottom you can mist the lizards on a daily basis during a "rainy" season if you want as it lets the upper layers dry out and similates a more more natural environment. It works best if you can prevent or really reduce water accumulation in the bottom.

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Oh that's a good idea! I've thought about siliconing a big piece of pipe to the bottom with slats drilled in it so that I can drain it that way. Or maybe use it as a source for a little waterfall pump. Haven't decided if it would be workable for fire skinks yet. I'm excited about the concept but I want it all solid enough and clean enough for larger animals.
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