my friend ran out of space and gave me a 20 gal long aquarium with screen lid, a heat mat, a light fixture with a red bulb,a hide and a fake plant..
i cleaned it all out nice,scrubbed it down,put a play sand substrate in that i had bought for my fish tanks and i got a water dish for them..
i dont like the fake plant,id really love to make the tank look nice with a couple of real living plants in it, but ive no experience with plants, ive no idea if any are harmfull to the geckos or to the crickets the geckos eat...
ive no idea what ones wont outgrow the 20 gal long tank or what ones are easy to take care of,ive no idea if i keep them in a plant pot or take them out and plant in substrate. what do i feed the plants,how often will i feed and water? will the plants effect the humidity and make it too humid for the geckos....!!!!!
anyone have any suggestions please,i really hate the look of fake plants and want to make a nice realistic tank
I had leopard geckos once, they were really awesome. Get some nice sand (fish tank sand works as well) and some succulents or cacti. That is what i did and they loved to climb on the plants and never got sick if they ate them. I just had them growing in the ground and they didnt outgrow the tank. I suggest some succulents such as
hens and chicks succulent(this grows fast but grows on the ground, like ivy, it also changes color)
john creech(stays small, very cute)
E.T. Fingers(very cool looking)
Sedum Rubrotinctum Succulent(one of my favorites)
Echeveria Green Gem succulent(looks like a green flower)
and Kalanchoe daigremontiana(this procreates so fast, it is insane)
I had multiples of each in my tank and never had any problems. Leopard geckos also like to hide under rocks and in caves =)
Thing to keep in mind with sand is impaction. Make sure you feed them with tongs or by hand!
Hens and chicks are an awesome plant to go with as it'll start having, well, chicks. Otherwise pups as I call them that one of my mammillaria produces often enough. I wouldn't give the plants any food except on rare occasion because typically it's fertilizer and I don't think that having the gecko breathing the same air is good (or I'm just being paranoid). If you do feed it fertilizer or something, I would go with a straw method - when you put it in the dirt, stick a straw in at teh same time so it can go directly to the roots and you don't leave water where the gecko could drink it.
If you were closer, I'd totally give you one of my mammilaria pups, lol. Soft spines and utterly forgiving when it comes to lack of water.
how do i plant this hen and chick plant,when i buy it does it come in a little pot and i just put the pot in my tank and leave it alone? or do i take it out and plant it in some substrate?
would i get the plants at walmart or target or some place like that?
Originally Posted by BettaGIRL5
Lowe's has a great selection of many small succulents
You can get them from WalMart, Lowe's or Home Depot depending on if they're in season. Summer time Home Depot has all sorts of cacti and succulents that you can pick up, so you might have to wait for that time to come around. It will come in a pot, potentially mangled and overgrown for that size, but you can definitely revive it by putting it in it's own little pot for a bit then putting it in the tank with your leo. You can do the quote/unquote "lazy" route which is just as fine by leaving it in the pot there in the tank which allows you more maintenance capabilities with it in case it's starting to look sick or otherwise withering badly. Plus it makes it easier to, if you so wish to, apply fertilizer to it without the leo drinking droplets.
Many people suggested sand up here, but just watch out for you geckos in the sand, If they eat a lot of the sand it can cause them so get sand impacted witch can kill them. You wouldnt think of it but, Ive seen it happen a lot with my friends that don't listen when i warn them. If you pick desert like plant make sure they do not have spike (like cactus's with spikes) it runs the risk of them injuring them selves. When they shed they like to rub on rocks and ant thing they think will help, which ends up them rubbing on the cactus (if you get one) and they can stab them selves or even lose an eye, So i would just stick with soft succulents ( like lamb tail, alien fingers, zebra cactus, stapelia, gasteria, echeveria, graptopalum types, and huernia). Just get a small Terra-cotta pot, fill it with what ever substrate you use and then plant the in it, then bury it in the sand, I would cover the substrate with some of the tanks sand so he doesnt eat any of the substrate and it makes it match the tank., :)
Let's not forget that some cacti are succulents as well - I believe mine is a type of mammillaria sphacelata where the spines are soft and it is a succulent as well. It tends to grow only as big as it is given water, though it does need to be watered regularly once every couple weeks so that it doesn't shrink in size. I feel it would be a decent cactus to be in an enclosure with a leo because the spines, if and when they break off don't stick in my fingertips. The only thing to keep in mind is the root system - very shallow.
If you do want to do cacti in the habitat be sure to get as much info about it before it goes in - some are poisonous as well, though those are usually the spineless varieties that I've noticed (or their spines are very small and only in very specific locations such as astrophytum and euphorbia obesa). When it comes to live cacti and succulents in with pets, do the same as getting a brand new type of pet - research. *Nodnod*