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Old 02-09-2017, 07:14 PM
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I've been setting up a crested gecko tank (I am getting my first crested gecko in a couple months and want the tank established first) and have put sphagnum moss (purchased from a pet store and is safe for reptile enclosures) in the tank, however the moss stinks! I cleaned it correctly and don't think anything is wrong with the moss itself but just wanted to know if anyone has a similar experience, does the smell go away over time or is there anything I can do to stop the smell that won't harm my gecko?
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Old 03-09-2017, 11:18 AM
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How have you got the viv set up? Drainage layer what screen divide substrate etc
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Old 03-09-2017, 01:18 PM
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Just substrate on the bottom, I think I'm going to take the moss out soon because there's no drainage layer at the moment and I think that's the issue, the moss was only there for decoration so I'm happy to take it out
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Old 03-09-2017, 01:26 PM
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It'll most likely be because you don't have a drainage layer, so if you had a layer of ceramic balls at the bottom then a barrier between the balls and substrate. This should reduce the smell. Also if you add spring tails and woodlice into the substrate it'll help out.

https://www.reptiles.swelluk.com/swell-hydro-rocks/
https://www.reptiles.swelluk.com/swell-hydro-matting/

They are what I use recently but you can look in garden centers for cheaper.
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Old 03-09-2017, 03:00 PM
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As above I use clay balls myself or you could use plastic egg crates, stones, basically anything that will give the water somewhere to go out of the substrate with a screen to stop them mixing
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Old 03-09-2017, 08:18 PM
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I've taken the moss out now so no worries! The viv that I currently have has sliding doors at the front meaning if I set up various levels they will all spill out every time I open the doors, thankyou all for the advice as it's really helpful! I think there may have been an issue with the moss itself as when I opened the bag it was really smelly to begin with, now I've taken it out the tank smells so much better!
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