laritheloud Posted January 14, 2022 Share Posted January 14, 2022 So while my 20 long is being super stubborn, I want to get busy with designing and planting up something new! I've been eyeing amphibians and reptiles for awhile now, and I'd like to try my hand as terrestrial plants and creating a self-contained terrestrial ecosystem. The issue is, all I know about plants right now is aquatic. 🤪 So I'm getting overwhelmed with all the info out there and I don't know where to start! To all reptile and amphibian keepers out there, if you were just starting out, what would you do: What size enclosure would you go for? Is bigger always better like it is in aquaria, or should I start with a modest size? I was looking at exo terra 18 x 18 x 24 for dumpy tree frogs, potentially, but I'm also considering a leopard gecko, crested gecko, or a small and active skink (emerald tree, schneider's, fire). I also heard White's Dumpy Tree Frogs tend to need more space than the minimum described online, so that makes me nervous. Should I choose a species before an enclosure size? Because I'm having a really hard time with that one. For amphibians, I think Pacman Frogs, Tomato Frogs, and Chubby Frogs are adorable along with White's Dumpies, but I'm having a hard time gauging whether I'll love them (I mean, I probably will, I love all creatures). I know maintenance is pretty low with these species, so that's appealing as a first time vivarium keeper. For Lizards, I'm eyeing leopard geckos, crested geckos, or skinks. What species would be the best 'starter' animal for a person with two young kids (one who is about to turn 7 and really loves creepy crawly bugs and weird animals) and lots of aquariums? I'm still attempting to learn lighting requirements and temp requirements. I'm planning on setting up the vivarium for about a month before keeping animals. I know that vivariums need to 'cycle' just like aquariums, but there's no testing I can do for it. How do you clean a bioactive vivarium? Do you just spot clean? Thanks, everyone. Total newbie here and it's overwhelming to look at all the information out there. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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