Need help setting up for a crestie properly, and somewhat cheaply.
Ok, so I have been offered a baby crestie, and I want to make sure everything is set up before it arrives.
I have a ten gallon tank for a temporary home, I need to know if I can leave it on it's bottom, since it needs to be a smaller space anyway. I still plan on creating a plantiful ;p area for climbing and hiding. Also when should it be moved to a bigger space?
Next I have a 20 gallon tank with a screen lid, that I would like to turn on it's end to create a terrarium.
Questions now are :
what is the best and least expensive substrate?
How do you secure plants, and substrate so they don't fall out of the tank when the door is opened, or fall down when they are being climbed on? (Don't want any injuries)
What kind of lighting/ heating is needed? (Tank will be kept in warm room with lots of bright natural lighting)
How many thermometers and cheapest place to get best quality?
What temperature, condition should the misting water be? (filtered, bottled ,etc.)
Feeding, what IYO is the best mix/ method?
And if there is anything else I should know before I become an official crestie owner, please let me know. I look forward to learning and being able to give my crestie the best home possible.