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Old 03-01-2013, 05:08 PM
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I know it terrestrial but what about ackies? I keep a quad together and ive never owned such entertaining species! They're very tameable and their antics are both interesting and funny. They love tunnelling, climbing, exploring and you'd have a chance of viewing all of that, plus the setup looks deep enough to be able to build a multilevel wood structure. With some fairly strong wire mesh attached to the top in a hinge fashion you could create a lock at the front and simply place some basking lights and a UV tube on top of the enclosure.... Argh! It could look awesome!! You must at least consider the option of being able to see tunnels and nests that the rest of us don't really have the opportunity of doing...
I'll be watching this thread, this could go so many ways it'll be fascinating to see what you do...
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Old 03-01-2013, 06:14 PM
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I know it terrestrial but what about ackies? I keep a quad together and ive never owned such entertaining species! They're very tameable and their antics are both interesting and funny. They love tunnelling, climbing, exploring and you'd have a chance of viewing all of that, plus the setup looks deep enough to be able to build a multilevel wood structure. With some fairly strong wire mesh attached to the top in a hinge fashion you could create a lock at the front and simply place some basking lights and a UV tube on top of the enclosure.... Argh! It could look awesome!! You must at least consider the option of being able to see tunnels and nests that the rest of us don't really have the opportunity of doing...
I'll be watching this thread, this could go so many ways it'll be fascinating to see what you do...
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Thanks for your input, I'm still entertaining all options and am in no rush.

Can you give me more info on "ackies" cos I don't have a clue what your talking about...
Do you have any links to pics of setups so I can get inspired.

Didn't get round to measuring up this afternoon but I did get the tank drained and fish rehomed back out in the pond.

Ps. I should add that another factor in choosing the ideal species would be colour. Not for my benefit ,some of my fave fish I kept were dull brown things most peeps wouldn't look twice at. But my daughter just coming up to a 1 year old would appreciate the more colourful species.

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Old 03-01-2013, 10:33 PM
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My brother in law has a similar tank and I've been screaming at him for ages about converting it for dart frogs- you could still have a waterfall and an area of water albeit shallow as they're not amazing swimmers. They make incredible displays subjects and re about as colourful as it gets- d.leucomela are ideal for beginner dart keepers and are bright yellow .
Whatever you decide to keep if it's a tropical/woodland species I'd go for live plants which really are a lot easier to work with than you'd think and will give you something else to look at and work with while the inhabitants aren't out doing their thing.
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HI I've never got on with plants in my aquariums before but maybe non aquatic plants would be easier? Would I require any extra lightning other than whats required for the lizards? Reasons being setup and running costs .

I do like anoles though and they've cropped up in my researching a couple of times. Tell me more if you can. Or point me in the direction of some decent care sheets or profiles ta.

For the anoles, search here Lizard Care Sheets - Reptile Forums

For the plants, you need a daylight bulb/tube, this is a bulb that gives out light in the same range as sunlight, which allows the plants to photosynthesise, etc. A 2% exo terra tube, or an arcadia tropical pro is fine. I run a few planted vivs, zero cleaning, easy maintenance of humidity, far more attractive, the benefits are endless! Cannot recommend it enough.

Darts would be great in here, as said above, and thats the way I was leaning earlier when I suggested amphibs, I think you've got a perfect display viv for them, and it'd be very easy to make suitable for them.

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Old 04-01-2013, 10:02 AM
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My brother in law has a similar tank and I've been screaming at him for ages about converting it for dart frogs- you could still have a waterfall and an area of water albeit shallow as they're not amazing swimmers. They make incredible displays subjects and re about as colourful as it gets- d.leucomela are ideal for beginner dart keepers and are bright yellow .
Whatever you decide to keep if it's a tropical/woodland species I'd go for live plants which really are a lot easier to work with than you'd think and will give you something else to look at and work with while the inhabitants aren't out doing their thing.
Yep another nice idea, thanks
First thought though is how many of these guys can you house together? And secondly if a group numerous enough to fill the tank is possible it could cost??? In livestock. Although obviously the relatively huge space would be excellent for the frogs I might not get to see them often. Most of the setups ive seen on here look tiny in comparison.
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