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Old 07-05-2013, 03:04 AM
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Hey, thanks for all the input guys! I really appreciate it. Although I was hoping for a " here's a link get a bag of that and add a bag of this" type answer! lol
Guess its not that simple and as you say seems to be a lot down to personal preference too.
I guess I got more reading to do! ABG or a varient of it seems to be the way to go. Just one thing though, how do the plants cope with the drop in nutrients after the initial growth spurt? Do they not suffer after being used to such a rich source of nutrient?
This is going to house my first lizard, a crested gecko, so I am going to keep it relatively simple.
As for lighting the exo terra came with the exo terra compact hood, wich I will be sticking with for now. One side will be for plant growth with one of the mini lynx bulbs I have seen recommended, the other side for UV. I am going to plant mainly on the one side with a more open side with maybe just a couple of shade tolerant plants.
However I am not planning on putting the gecko in it for a few months yet so have time rinsed how things go.
Would you recommend holding off with the clean up bugs untill the gecko is in there so they have a food source?
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Old 07-05-2013, 07:02 AM
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Dartfrog.co.UK has everything you need except charcoal, which you can get organic charcoal from a petrol station forecourt or find it online.

ABG stay nutrient rich for a long time, it stays cycled in the viv.

People say seed the tank a month or do before you put in the inhabitants, so that they get established and also to let the tank settle as you will get the initial mould problem
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Tbh I got my tree fern and a bag of fine orchid bark from swell and saved myself a fair chunk of money than dartfrog. Fiver on the tree fern alone. As for the charcoal, I can't find it anywhere online, any advice plasma?
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Seed the viv now, it'll give the isopod and springs longer to get established and adapt to the conditions in the viv. You should find charcoal for sale for BBQs, just make sure it hasn't got oil added

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Old 07-05-2013, 11:35 AM
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To find organic charcoal there is a special bbq site.

You are totally correct about using swell and or surrey, but the op said he wanted a one site option. If you shop around you will save yourself.

Regards to charcoal, it has to be lumpwood without oil added. Funnily enough this is either the cheapest or the most expensive. I used Sainsburys basics charcoal in mine, as it is just plain bog standard charcoal.
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To find organic charcoal there is a special bbq site.

You are totally correct about using swell and or surrey, but the op said he wanted a one site option. If you shop around you will save yourself.

Regards to charcoal, it has to be lumpwood without oil added. Funnily enough this is either the cheapest or the most expensive. I used Sainsburys basics charcoal in mine, as it is just plain bog standard charcoal.
well ordered it all with a bit of shopping around to save a few ££. And as I work for Sainsburys I will get a discount on the charcoal, which is nice...
Thanks for all the help, just emailed Airplants, so just need to sort out pipe/sponge/turkey baster for drainage for weekend and I am good to go!
Thanks for all the help.
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Old 07-05-2013, 12:01 PM
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I just use an organic compost from any garden center, mixed with some broken twigs to aid drainage (instead of orchid bark). This is the mix ive used for the past 10 years or more now and never had a problem with plant growth or animals etc.

The ABG mix is really good for nutirant level, and if you want to go down that route its fine. But the easy options are there too.

Edit, swell and surrey pets are the cheapest place to buy stuff if you go down that route. They are ace for tree fern fibre. Also the tree fern substrate is really good too.

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Ha what do you do for Sainsburys, I'm a baker at Alton branch.
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Ha what do you do for Sainsburys, I'm a baker at Alton branch.
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Old 07-05-2013, 06:21 PM
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sweet.

I have yet to ask counters if they use large deli cups. so i can pinch a few from them rather than buy online

i have already got an empty doughnut fryer oil bucket to store some seeded substrate
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