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Naturalistic set ups/bio active enclosures

Discussion in 'Tegu Enclosures' started by Bug, Feb 25, 2016.

  1. Bug

    Bug New Member

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    Do any of you keep your Tegus on bio active substrate and/or in a naturalistic vivarium? I'd love to see pics of your set ups for inspiration. I'm planning a naturalistic bio active viv for when my currently small Extreme Giant Tegu grows into the designation.
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    beardeddragon111 Active Member

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    Infernalis1 on youtube has great videos on his bioactive cage for savannah monitors. I'd assume any live plant would be torn to shreds by a tegu.
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    chris00144 Member 5 Year Member

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    my 4 year old female tegu in her outdoor enclosure two days ago can't get more bioactive then that lol her first frozen rat of the year
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    chris00144 Member 5 Year Member

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    They will destroy any plants you put in your enclosure especially a extreme giant lol
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    Bug New Member

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    Lol I don't necessarily mean planted when I say naturalistic. Just like not all mulch and log hides and stuff. Like dirt and logs and rocks etc
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    chris00144 Member 5 Year Member

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    Yeah I know what you mean just hard to do anything to naturalistic indoors unless you build something huge
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    Bug New Member

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    I'm doing 8x4x4 with a few additions, but am prepared to build larger if my critter outgrows it.
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    chris00144 Member 5 Year Member

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    In my older indoor enclosure I had a nice mix of like 6 bags of organic top soil couple 5 pound bags of play sand and couple bags spagnom Moss with leaf litter from my backyard
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    epic looking tegu cage if you want inspiration.
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    Welp, going for the bioactive, got most things going...but I just realized a potentially large mistake, and hoping any vivarium users might got some answers or thoughts.

    I bought charcoal briquettes, as it charcoal is supposed to be very good for vivariums. However I just found out that some briquettes potentially use lighter fluid in their mix....should I just toss the whole mix out, is there a way to wash away these potential chemicals? Or is it not much to worry about?
    For full disclosure, I had gotten Home 360 classic charcoal briquets. It is not in the enclosure.
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    beardeddragon111 Active Member

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    Only use pure 100% natural lump wood charcoal, not the briquettes. The brand I use is called royal oak, you can get huge cheap bags of the stuff at Home Depot. If you want to be extra careful you could just use horticulture charcoal.


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    Well darn it >.> Well better safe than sorry. ha, spent the whole day trying to crush the stuff, and read about this! Thank you for the input