Bioactive vivarium for veiled chameleon

#1
So I'm getting a veiled. May I have suggestions on what kind of plants can I put inside the vivarium? I'm thinking pothos, bromeliad and fittonia. Thanks.
 

ERKleRose

Chameleon Enthusiast
#4
Just a warning, veileds are notorious for eating substrate, not making them the best candidates for bioactive. So just be careful and if he/she eats it, go to a bare bottom enclosure. Here’s a cham-safe plant list: https://flchams.com/chameleon-safe-plant-list/ Have you read the veiled care sheet here? https://www.chameleonforums.com/care/caresheets/veiled/ Could you fill out this form, as well, to make sure your husbandry is 100%, please? https://www.chameleonforums.com/how-ask-help-66/ If you need any help, I use bioactive for my panthers, too.
 

ERKleRose

Chameleon Enthusiast
#6
Just make sure to either Physan, bleach dip, or just rinse off really well (you’d do that after using one of the other two options as well) any plants you use
 

ERKleRose

Chameleon Enthusiast
#7
So I'm getting a veiled. May I have suggestions on what kind of plants can I put inside the vivarium? I'm thinking pothos, bromeliad and fittonia. Thanks.
Those are all great plants that are cham-safe and look good in a bioactive enclosure, as well!
 
#8
Those are all great plants that are cham-safe and look good in a bioactive enclosure, as well!
Thanks for all your replies! Yes I'm aware that animals in bioactive enclosures can get impaction from eating the substrate. First of all, there is no way I will do free range feeding. And second, the leaf litter will also reduce the chance of my future cham from eating the substrate. Also I believe a healthy cham will not resort to eating the substrate.
 
#10
I have another question. Currently I made an inch of clay balls for drainage and people are telling me to increase to 3 inches. Is there really a need? I live in a warm and humid area btw with an average of 28-30℃ and 70-85% humidity daily.
 

ERKleRose

Chameleon Enthusiast
#11
I have another question. Currently I made an inch of clay balls for drainage and people are telling me to increase to 3 inches. Is there really a need? I live in a warm and humid area btw with an average of 28-30℃ and 70-85% humidity daily.
Make it 3 inches
 
#12
I would use at least 1.5 inches. It’s hard to tell what will work best for you as everyone uses different amounts of water for misting/maintaining humidity. As long as you have a way of removing excess water, the drainage layer can be modified to suit your need. Unfortunately, using bioactive substrate requires a little trial and error. My thought has always been that more soil means more plants and roots. The more plants you have, the more water they will absorb. So if you mist very heavily, you may need to drain your substrate much more often when you first plant, as opposed to a year down the road when the plant life has properly filled in.
 
#13
I would use at least 1.5 inches. It’s hard to tell what will work best for you as everyone uses different amounts of water for misting/maintaining humidity. As long as you have a way of removing excess water, the drainage layer can be modified to suit your need. Unfortunately, using bioactive substrate requires a little trial and error. My thought has always been that more soil means more plants and roots. The more plants you have, the more water they will absorb. So if you mist very heavily, you may need to drain your substrate much more often when you first plant, as opposed to a year down the road when the plant life has properly filled in.
Well maintaining humidity is not a problem, I live in a humid area so the enclosure won't be heavily misted. I also intend to have 9 inches of substrate in a 2x2 feet area and lots of plants.
 
#14
Well maintaining humidity is not a problem, I live in a humid area so the enclosure won't be heavily misted. I also intend to have 9 inches of substrate in a 2x2 feet area and lots of plants.
Misting, and misting heavily is recommended to allow the chameleon to properly clean their eyes. I personally get around this by using an outdoor enclosure during part of the year. I can leave the hose running forever and it wouldn’t hurt anything. In an indoor enclosure, periodic misting sessions of 5-10 minutes (a couple times a week or so), can, and most likely will stretch a drainage layer to its limits. This will be very problematic early, when your plants are still young. I don’t ever have an issue with humidity either, but we aren’t misting to solely maintain humidity.
 
#16
I have a question. I have an exo terra feeder dish, with regular misting, the water will get into the dish and possibly soak the calcium dust and drown the feeder insects. Any solution to this?
 

ERKleRose

Chameleon Enthusiast
#17
I have a question. I have an exo terra feeder dish, with regular misting, the water will get into the dish and possibly soak the calcium dust and drown the feeder insects. Any solution to this?
Make a feeding cup/jug/pipe with drainage in the bottom. Put the bowl in the least misted part of the cage. Full Throttle Feeders sells a PVC pipe feeder with drainage that works well. I made my own version that works just as well, too.
 
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