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The Petsmart in my area has its ‘Thrive Tropical Reptile Terrarium Essentials Kit’ on sale for $100. I understand that I won’t need most if not any of the extra components, but $100 for an 18x18x24 is pretty good. I’m just skeptical on the quality. Does anybody have any experience on these tanks that could testify whether or not this is a good tank for darts?
 

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Almost everything that isn't the tank itself isn't useful for darts (you could buy some screw-in LEDs and use the dome fixture, I guess, if you are OK with the looks of the fixture). The tank itself doesn't allow for anything like decent passive ventilation, judging from the pics (there is no low-placed vent in front), and so is sub-par from the POV of the basic design. A person would have to mod the top just as with Exos or ZooMeds, and there likely is much less collective knowledge on how to do that well on that brand, given that Exos are by far the most used vivs.

Also, supporting PetSmart is...um...less than helpful to the hobby as a whole, given the damage that company does both to animals and to legitimate herp businesses.

Hard pass.
 

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Almost everything that isn't the tank itself isn't useful for darts (you could buy some screw-in LEDs and use the dome fixture, I guess, if you are OK with the looks of the fixture). The tank itself doesn't allow for anything like decent passive ventilation, judging from the pics (there is no low-placed vent in front), and so is sub-par from the POV of the basic design. A person would have to mod the top just as with Exos or ZooMeds, and there likely is much less collective knowledge on how to do that well on that brand, given that Exos are by far the most used vivs.

Also, supporting PetSmart is...um...less than helpful to the hobby as a whole, given the damage that company does both to animals and to legitimate herp businesses.

Hard pass.
Got it. Thanks for the insight. I think I’ll pass and get an Exo Terra or ZooMed from a local pet store.
 

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You won't regret not skimping on the basic enclosure.

Different price bracket, but here's another option:


I have two, and I think they have a lot going for them.
 
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