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Old 06-19-2017, 12:49 AM
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So this particular tank/build isn't for dart frogs; it's for hatchling mourning geckos. General husbandry for hatchlings is keeping them in pairs in a deli cup, but I wanted to see if I could push this any further.


Build #1

Initially the build used the original Exo-Terra foam background with some coco fiber siliconed to it (a lot of which fell off, ugh), and had a tiered system with a cave underneath. This was the biggest pain to get anything in/out of, the plants ended up being leggy and the moss not able to be kept moist enough.... so after about 4 months I broke it down and planned on trying something else.

The hardscape:

The first, really shitty planting that I almost immediately redid:

The second, slightly more final form:

And grown in a bit more. The begonia did well when I learned you can't really directly mist the leaves:



Hygrolon over Greatstuff + hardscape start:

Freshly mossed:

Lighting— 3000k, 750 lumens, 100w-equivalent LED bulb (planning on changing to a 5000k because dat yellow light)
Current plants/clippings—

Dusk Moss Mix (about 1/3rd bag)
Hydrocotyle tripartita mini
Peperomia prostrata
Rainbow Spikemoss

Possible future plants—

Something really red and showy

I'm not sure if I should add anything to the black sand bottom. It might be TOO GREEN if that's covered too, you know?.

Critiques/criticism appreciated! I have some other tanks I have up and running that are bigger than this, but since this was my official "first" tank I thought it'd be a good first one to put on this forum.

I'll be updating with later updates when the moss starts to grow in. Here's to hoping it won't look gross! 8)

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