10 hours ago
Bioactivity for the win! I'm so happy to see that my newly created vivarium for my adult crested geckos is already becoming so well-established in only 3 days!
For those of you who don't know about bioactive vivarium setups, these swarms of baby bugs are completely harmless and in fact are extremely beneficial for the overall health of the lizards and other life inside the enclosure. Isopods (pill bugs/roly poly bugs) and springtails act as a "janitorial" crew, feeding on dead plant material, mold, fungus, and animal waste. They're an integral part in creating a fully functioning and contained ecosystem within a reptile's or amphibian's tank. Not only does this free me up from having to clean and sanitize the tank on a regular basis, constantly needing to remove and stress out my geckos, but it creates a much more naturalistic environment for them which will help them to thrive.
In the few short days since I created the substrate, added real plants, and introduced the microfauna (isopods/springtails) I've noticed my geckos are much more active and enthusiastic about exploring their tank. If this isn't a good sign of health and happiness, then I don't know what is 😁
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