BIoactive setup stuff list

Here is a list of things I have so far for my bioactive chameleon enclosure(s)-
I am planning to get two 24x24x48 habitats (~$120 each)🦎x1

🦎=purchased
Lighting-
  • T5 HO linear bulb (Arcadia ProT5 UVB) ($65)(x2) 🦎 (x1)
  • Exo Terra Sun Glo Basking Lamp (100W-120V) ($19 each)

Bioactive terrarium setup-
  • Exo Terra cork board background🦎
  • Spray foam 🦎
  • Gray spray paint (for the "rocks" minimally used on the bottom of enclosure) 🦎
  • Polypropylene corrugated board made into planter 🦎
  • Lava rock 🦎
  • Weed control fabric 🦎
  • Potting soil 🦎
  • Wood chips 🦎
  • Mosss!
  • Leaf litter (Mulberry? go outside and steal some leaves from non toxic plants who knows. Will sterelize) 🦎
  • Real pretty caves n stuff from the pet store or outside 🦎
  • Terra cotta pots shattered and placed on the sides to look pretty hardcore🦎
  • Coconut fiber 🦎
  • GE 100% silicone ALL PURPOSE gluey stuff probably (plus a couple other glue stuff cause I suck at gluing) 🦎
  • Way more pvc pipe then I expected 🦎
(~$80 or $150 for both)
Bioactive wildlife-
  • Roly Polies we love those
  • Springtails
  • Worms (half from the container as a snack for my axolotl buddy)
(~$30)
Bioactive PLTANS (grow, my children)(Not all may be added, depends on what I can get my reptilian hands on)
Josh's Frogs has the least expensive stuff I could find. Extra simple. Buy it all in one batch.

  • Orchids (I'm going to put a whole bunch of orchids in the female panther's just so it's real pretty)
  • Hibiscus
  • Pothos
  • Virginia creeper
  • Baby's breath (up to debate, to discourage females from digging outside the soil bin)(bottom)
  • Persian shield (bottom)
  • Arabian Jasmine
  • Taking suggestions!
(~$100)


Etc.-
  • Flukers Digital Thermometer Hygrometer ($19)
  • Either MistKing-22251-Starter-Misting-System or Exo-Terra-Spray-Bottle (depends on funding) ($10-$120)
    Light timers (~10)
Food and supplements are not meant to be included on here! They will be added at a future date. (In a few months once the bioactive part gets goin)

TOTAL: $550 for one $730 for both

TOTAL SPENT: $444.10- a little bit more than expected but not too much more. Use coupons! Return anything you find you don't need!
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I’m assuming that you are a new cham owner. Am I correct?

I’ve never heard of silkworms as clean up crew. Could you tell me more about that?

I also highly recommend the MistKing. It works so well and you’ll need it if you go out of town for a couple days. It is so easy to use and a pretty quick setup. Just make sure that you have a bucket on hand and the correct drill bits, as you will need to drill in the screen and bucket. I can’t remember the exact sizes, but I would make sure you have them on hand.You will also want a wedge to support the nozzle. You can make one of these, too.

If you haven’t already, get timers for your lights. You can get them cheap and any hardware store (or amazon).

I also have a couple questions:
What are you using the spray foam for? Are you planning on making a custom background?
What about the pvc? If you are using that as a drain you shouldn’t need to make any holes in the bottom, but it’s way easier if you do..
Why do you need coco fiber and potting soil? I guess you could use both but I don’t see why you would. I would use josh’s frogs for you supplies. They have a wide variety of stuff and, correct me if I’m wrong, I think they have free shipping over $100. Otherwise it was $15 for 2 day (but I don’t think they ship on weekends so it ended up being like 6 day because I ordered it at like 7 pm on a Friday, and with covid) they sell coco fiber for $9 for 10 quarts I think. And it’s loose so there isn’t any need to soak it. For your bark I would use reptibark because it’s cheaper than orchid bark and serves the same purpose.

I just realized you’re probably using it for the background lol.

make sure that the fabric you get actually let’s water pass through, I got some and decided to test it out and it just held water, so I got different stuff. That would not have gone over well.

I should shut up because this is when I continue for a few more paragraphs and find out that you are an experienced chameleon owner and already know everything that I just said and wasted a good chunk of my time lmao. I’m happy to keep going and to help you if you are a new cham owner, I just want to make sure first. I was in your boat a few months ago (assuming you are a new cham owner), so probably get other opinions as well in case I say something stupid
 
I’m assuming that you are a new cham owner. Am I correct?

I’ve never heard of silkworms as clean up crew. Could you tell me more about that?

I also highly recommend the MistKing. It works so well and you’ll need it if you go out of town for a couple days. It is so easy to use and a pretty quick setup. Just make sure that you have a bucket on hand and the correct drill bits, as you will need to drill in the screen and bucket. I can’t remember the exact sizes, but I would make sure you have them on hand.You will also want a wedge to support the nozzle. You can make one of these, too.

If you haven’t already, get timers for your lights. You can get them cheap and any hardware store (or amazon).

I also have a couple questions:
What are you using the spray foam for? Are you planning on making a custom background?
What about the pvc? If you are using that as a drain you shouldn’t need to make any holes in the bottom, but it’s way easier if you do..
Why do you need coco fiber and potting soil? I guess you could use both but I don’t see why you would. I would use josh’s frogs for you supplies. They have a wide variety of stuff and, correct me if I’m wrong, I think they have free shipping over $100. Otherwise it was $15 for 2 day (but I don’t think they ship on weekends so it ended up being like 6 day because I ordered it at like 7 pm on a Friday, and with covid) they sell coco fiber for $9 for 10 quarts I think. And it’s loose so there isn’t any need to soak it. For your bark I would use reptibark because it’s cheaper than orchid bark and serves the same purpose.

I just realized you’re probably using it for the background lol.

make sure that the fabric you get actually let’s water pass through, I got some and decided to test it out and it just held water, so I got different stuff. That would not have gone over well.

I should shut up because this is when I continue for a few more paragraphs and find out that you are an experienced chameleon owner and already know everything that I just said and wasted a good chunk of my time lmao. I’m happy to keep going and to help you if you are a new cham owner, I just want to make sure first. I was in your boat a few months ago (assuming you are a new cham owner), so probably get other opinions as well in case I say something stupid
Lolol yes I am a new cham owner and I have answers to all your questions! The pvc is to rig to hold up the basking lamp and possible piping for the drainage. The coconut fiber is for the sides as the background along with the spray foam. The potting soil is for the ground. Orchids just grow on trees so I plan to stick it on some cork bark. If it doesn't stick that's fine, it's more of a test. (I won't bother with an orchid if it's too much work)
Free shipping over $100?? I actually probably will get it from them lol. I have a membership at a local pet store though where I get 10% off pet supplies so anything I can't get from that store I'll get from that website. I'll make sure to test the fabric- I was going to go to menards once I get enough money and test it out.
Im doing research on my chameleons so its funding is being assisted by donations. I'll be getting a mist king eventually but while I wait for the habitat to balance its bio aspects I may just get a spray bottle while I wait for the funding. (I will have at least $1000 saved up for the chameleons themselves, do not fret)
I was thinking of getting simple 12 hour timers for the outlet. Maybe more specialized ones. Haven't even looked at timers in the store since 2006 so im not sure the nice aspects they have lol. I'll add that to the list!
 
Lolol yes I am a new cham owner and I have answers to all your questions! The pvc is to rig to hold up the basking lamp and possible piping for the drainage. The coconut fiber is for the sides as the background along with the spray foam. The potting soil is for the ground. Orchids just grow on trees so I plan to stick it on some cork bark. If it doesn't stick that's fine, it's more of a test. (I won't bother with an orchid if it's too much work)
Free shipping over $100?? I actually probably will get it from them lol. I have a membership at a local pet store though where I get 10% off pet supplies so anything I can't get from that store I'll get from that website. I'll make sure to test the fabric- I was going to go to menards once I get enough money and test it out.
Im doing research on my chameleons so its funding is being assisted by donations. I'll be getting a mist king eventually but while I wait for the habitat to balance its bio aspects I may just get a spray bottle while I wait for the funding. (I will have at least $1000 saved up for the chameleons themselves, do not fret)
I was thinking of getting simple 12 hour timers for the outlet. Maybe more specialized ones. Haven't even looked at timers in the store since 2006 so im not sure the nice aspects they have lol. I'll add that to the list!
Okay that answers a lot of my questions. I hope that your tank goes well!
 
Thanks! If you have any other suggestions or a few more paragraphs I would love to hear!
I appreciate constructive advice from those like you haha
Yeah, I’m still curious about those silkworms! I thought they live above ground? If so, wouldn’t the cham just eat them? I know they are common as feeders, so if you can’t use them for the clean up crew, definitely use them as feeders!

im also interested about the terracotta pots. You’ll have to explain to me what you mean. If they are going inside the tank, make sure you find a way to make sure they aren’t sharp and able to cut your Cham!

What are the caves?

Also for the rest of the clean up crew, I’ve heard that the best for this type of tank are temperate springtails and dwarf white isopods. They sell a bundle of those two on joshs frogs for $25. I’ve heard of other isopods being used as well, but I think the dwarf whites are best for these Conditions as well.

Make sure that when you buy your plants that you clean them! You don’t want any bugs from them to get in your tank. Don’t use the soil that they come in either. Check out the YouTube channel SerpaDesigns if you haven’t already, even though you probably have. He makes a lot of those custom backgrounds

I’m excited to hear about the orchids! I love orchids and I’ve been debating whether or not I should add them in. I’ve heard people say that their veiled chameleons don’t like the taste of orchid leaves btw, even though every cham is different, don’t let getting a veiled discourage you from trying orchids. Maybe just start with the cheap Phalaenopsis orchids from Home Depot or cub (obviously other places as well, but those are not the common places I see them).

I can’t wait to see your tank. As I am still fairly new to the topic, I want to see other people’s bioactive setup! Especially people who are also new to chameleons in general. I’m guessing that you have a screen cage? I have a glass btw
 
Yeah, I’m still curious about those silkworms! I thought they live above ground? If so, wouldn’t the cham just eat them? I know they are common as feeders, so if you can’t use them for the clean up crew, definitely use them as feeders!

im also interested about the terracotta pots. You’ll have to explain to me what you mean. If they are going inside the tank, make sure you find a way to make sure they aren’t sharp and able to cut your Cham!

What are the caves?

Also for the rest of the clean up crew, I’ve heard that the best for this type of tank are temperate springtails and dwarf white isopods. They sell a bundle of those two on joshs frogs for $25. I’ve heard of other isopods being used as well, but I think the dwarf whites are best for these Conditions as well.

Make sure that when you buy your plants that you clean them! You don’t want any bugs from them to get in your tank. Don’t use the soil that they come in either. Check out the YouTube channel SerpaDesigns if you haven’t already, even though you probably have. He makes a lot of those custom backgrounds

I’m excited to hear about the orchids! I love orchids and I’ve been debating whether or not I should add them in. I’ve heard people say that their veiled chameleons don’t like the taste of orchid leaves btw, even though every cham is different, don’t let getting a veiled discourage you from trying orchids. Maybe just start with the cheap Phalaenopsis orchids from Home Depot or cub (obviously other places as well, but those are not the common places I see them).

I can’t wait to see your tank. As I am still fairly new to the topic, I want to see other people’s bioactive setup! Especially people who are also new to chameleons in general. I’m guessing that you have a screen cage? I have a glass btw
I'll most likely be getting screen just because glass is (SO) expensive. Once I have a little bit more expendable income I'll upgrade. I plan to have chameleons for a very long time! Silkworms will be used as feeders for sure . The more live things in a bioactive environment, the easier it'll balance. The terra cotta pots will be split in half and used as planters on the side for vines! They will be spray foamed in to prevent any sort of cuts. Nothing but soft landings for my guys.
I'll be getting panthers so I shouldn't have as much of an issue with the orchids. I know veiled chams have an issue with eating them haha. The caves are just for bugs at the bottom and to look cooler. Probably just some driftwood or something, nothing fancy at all.
And I will check out that youtube on cleaning plants! I planned to just drown any I got in some water for about an hour, that's how I know how to kill bugs on or in berries.
I'm really honestly so excited to get started but it's pretty pricey! Once I get started I'll probably make a youtube video to advertise my fundraiser and give a step by step process on a bioactive enclosure.
I will for sure getting springwords and some white isopods but I really hold a love for roly polies so I'll be getting some of those no matter what (lol)
 
I'll most likely be getting screen just because glass is (SO) expensive. Once I have a little bit more expendable income I'll upgrade. I plan to have chameleons for a very long time! Silkworms will be used as feeders for sure . The more live things in a bioactive environment, the easier it'll balance. The terra cotta pots will be split in half and used as planters on the side for vines! They will be spray foamed in to prevent any sort of cuts. Nothing but soft landings for my guys.
I'll be getting panthers so I shouldn't have as much of an issue with the orchids. I know veiled chams have an issue with eating them haha. The caves are just for bugs at the bottom and to look cooler. Probably just some driftwood or something, nothing fancy at all.
And I will check out that youtube on cleaning plants! I planned to just drown any I got in some water for about an hour, that's how I know how to kill bugs on or in berries.
I'm really honestly so excited to get started but it's pretty pricey! Once I get started I'll probably make a youtube video to advertise my fundraiser and give a step by step process on a bioactive enclosure.
I will for sure getting springwords and some white isopods but I really hold a love for roly polies so I'll be getting some of those no matter what (lol)
Yeah, glass really is expensive, but I had to get it because I live in Minnesota. We basically always have heat on or A/C lol. It really dries out the air.

the terracotta pots sound cool btw! FYI Roly pollies and isopods are the same thing lol
 

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