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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 02-05-2013, 03:35 PM Thread Starter
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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.
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 03-12-2013, 06:12 PM
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Not being familiar with cresteds as they are illegal to keep where I am from, the best advice I can give you is to do HEAPS of research. There are books available to buy dedicated to care of all sorts of reptiles and amphibians alike, as well as there is masses of resources available on the net.
Sorry to say, but cheap and easy is not always the way, especially when it comes to animals (and even more so with what is classed as a specialist animal) the set up will be your biggest expense and there is not much of a way to skimp on it as you need to make sure it is safe and correct. But once the enclosure is done, its much easier.
As for putting the tank on its side, yeah might work, personally I've never and will never do it as you will need to make its fronting PERFECT to prevent escape. And believe me when I say reptiles are little Houdini's and can get out of the smallest gap.
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