Show me your bio active setup!

Beman

Chameleon Enthusiast
This is bioactive?
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789

New Member
789 said:
Here's mine. The plants are starting to fill in nicely.
AmandaS - This is bioactive?

Yes, yes it is. There is no hard definition of "bioactive" in relation to the reptile cage, terrarium, enclosure world. It loosely means "self sustaining" in which my terrarium is. I love snarky loaded questions. Please feel free to ask more.
 

AmandaS

Chameleon Enthusiast
AmandaS - This is bioactive?

Yes, yes it is. There is no hard definition of "bioactive" in relation to the reptile cage, terrarium, enclosure world. It loosely means "self sustaining" in which my terrarium is. I love snarky loaded questions. Please feel free to ask more.
Ok, well...I was not being snarky. I was asking if it was bioactive. No need to get so defensive.
 

jamest0o0

Chameleon Enthusiast
AmandaS - This is bioactive?

Yes, yes it is. There is no hard definition of "bioactive" in relation to the reptile cage, terrarium, enclosure world. It loosely means "self sustaining" in which my terrarium is. I love snarky loaded questions. Please feel free to ask more.

Aside from being overly sensitive, this just isn't true. You don't have the bottom covered with a bioactive substrate. If your chameleon pooped it would sit there. So even with your incorrect definition of "self sustaining" you'd be wrong.
 

Madmango

Established Member
AmandaS - This is bioactive?

Yes, yes it is. There is no hard definition of "bioactive" in relation to the reptile cage, terrarium, enclosure world. It loosely means "self sustaining" in which my terrarium is. I love snarky loaded questions. Please feel free to ask more.
Your enclosure is nice looking, but I have to agree with @jamest0o0 this is not a bio active habitat.
A bioactive terrarium (or vivarium) is a terrarium for housing one or more terrestrial animals that includes live plants as well as populations of small invertebrates and microorganisms to consume and break down the waste products of the primary species.
 

789

New Member
Aside from being overly sensitive, this just isn't true. You don't have the bottom covered with a bioactive substrate. If your chameleon pooped it would sit there. So even with your incorrect definition of "self sustaining" you'd be wrong.
Not really. Obviously the bottom not covered in substrate is not bioactive nor is it self sustained, but that doesn't invalidate that the there is still soil in the cage along with live plants, earthworms, isopods, springtails, stratiolaelaps scimitis in the enclosure which do self sustain in the pots and does fit the bioactive term. The users of chameleonforums.com aren't the authority on the definition of bioactive.
 

789

New Member
Your enclosure is nice looking, but I have to agree with @jamest0o0 this is not a bio active habitat.
A bioactive terrarium (or vivarium) is a terrarium for housing one or more terrestrial animals that includes live plants as well as populations of small invertebrates and microorganisms to consume and break down the waste products of the primary species.
Thanks. My terrarium does include them even though you can't see them. Minus the substrate on the bottom of course.
 

PabloTheCham

Chameleon Enthusiast
Thanks. My terrarium does include them even though you can't see them. Minus the substrate on the bottom of course.
The term bioactive also includes a sense of it serving a purpose, a flower pot with an isopod in it is not a bioactive setup. Bioactivity is to clean up waste from the primary species, and unless your cham does its needs in the pot everytime I wouldn't call that bioactive. If all needed for a bioactive set up is some invertebrates in the soil, I think we can all agree it would be hard NOT to have a bioactive setup (with real plants, of course)
 

Sonny13

Member
Quick question, how do you obtain a laying bin in a bioactive enclosure? You build it around the laying bin? I´m pretty interested in making the enclosure bioactive, and I'm housing a Female Veiled.
 

ERKleRose

Chameleon Enthusiast
Quick question, how do you obtain a laying bin in a bioactive enclosure? You build it around the laying bin? I´m pretty interested in making the enclosure bioactive, and I'm housing a Female Veiled.
If the substrate layer is at least 6” deep, that is your lay bin. If your substrate layer is thinner or if she doesn’t want to lay in the bioactive soil, you’ll have to add in a regular lay bin for her (which you’d just add in like a normal cage).
 

Sonny13

Member
If the substrate layer is at least 6” deep, that is your lay bin. If your substrate layer is thinner or if she doesn’t want to lay in the bioactive soil, you’ll have to add in a regular lay bin for her (which you’d just add in like a normal cage).
Thanks for your reply, keep it mind ✌🏻
 

cruz.m

Avid Member
AmandaS - This is bioactive?

Yes, yes it is. There is no hard definition of "bioactive" in relation to the reptile cage, terrarium, enclosure world. It loosely means "self sustaining" in which my terrarium is. I love snarky loaded questions. Please feel free to ask more.
No one is being snarky if anything you are but whatever. (Don’t take me too seriously with the gifs I’m just in a good mood lol)
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As for the meaning of bioactive technically there is a meaning....You can’t say your enclosure is bioactive and then say “minus the substrate” you’re contradicting yourself, so it’s not bioactive “entirely” since bioactive just means self sustaining right?
The definition of bioactive within an enclosure/terrarium/vivarium (coming from someone who doesn’t have a bioactive enclosure) is a bioactive terrarium (vivarium/enclosure) for housing one or more terrestrial animals. It includes live plants/sticks as well as populations of small invertebrates and microorganisms to consume and break down the waste products of the primary species, in which this case is a chameleon. Self-sustaining AND (quote on quote “and”) self-cleaning amongst other things.
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Having those small bins with isopods and other bugs is more of just a place you’re providing for them to breed and I guess sustain/clean any poop that may fall there but it doesn’t mean it’s a bioactive enclosure. It’s absolutely beautiful and you could definitely make it bioactive! Or “our” definition of bioactive since “The users of chameleonforums.com aren't the authority on the definition of bioactive.”
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GrayMadder

Avid Member
No one is being snarky if anything you are but whatever. (Don’t take me too seriously with the gifs I’m just in a good mood lol)
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As for the meaning of bioactive technically there is a meaning....You can’t say your enclosure is bioactive and then say “minus the substrate” you’re contradicting yourself, so it’s not bioactive “entirely” since bioactive just means self sustaining right?
The definition of bioactive within an enclosure/terrarium/vivarium (coming from someone who doesn’t have a bioactive enclosure) is a bioactive terrarium (vivarium/enclosure) for housing one or more terrestrial animals. It includes live plants/sticks as well as populations of small invertebrates and microorganisms to consume and break down the waste products of the primary species, in which this case is a chameleon. Self-sustaining AND (quote on quote “and”) self-cleaning amongst other things.
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Having those small bins with isopods and other bugs is more of just a place you’re providing for them to breed and I guess sustain/clean any poop that may fall there but it doesn’t mean it’s a bioactive enclosure. It’s absolutely beautiful and you could definitely make it bioactive! Or “our” definition of bioactive since “The users of chameleonforums.com aren't the authority on the definition of bioactive.”
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(I got carried away with the gifs sorry😆)
This killed me 🤣🤣🤣

Great explanation!
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Sonny13

Member
(Unfortunately posted it in the wrong thread, however can´t remove it)

Finally finished the bio active setup. Mounted an extra plant grow led strip in the lower third part of the enclosure. Otherwise the dense foliage keeps away too much light from the bottom plants.

Placed a 2” drainage layer and another 5-6” of mixed soil layer. Created some privacy behind the fern and log for the eventual egg laying.

Added an army of springtails and white wood lice. Only need some more leaf litter (it was sold out)

Plant list:
  • Spider plant
  • Umbrella plant
  • Pothos
  • Lipstick plant
  • Tree fern
  • Paper plant
  • Madagascar Jasmine
  • Silver Sword
  • Rattlesnake plant
  • Bromelia (Neoregelia ampullacea)
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GrayMadder

Avid Member
(Unfortunately posted it in the wrong thread, however can´t remove it)

Finally finished the bio active setup. Mounted an extra plant grow led strip in the lower third part of the enclosure. Otherwise the dense foliage keeps away too much light from the bottom plants.

Placed a 2” drainage layer and another 5-6” of mixed soil layer. Created some privacy behind the fern and log for the eventual egg laying.

Added an army of springtails and white wood lice. Only need some more leaf litter (it was sold out)

Plant list:
  • Spider plant
  • Umbrella plant
  • Pothos
  • Lipstick plant
  • Tree fern
  • Paper plant
  • Madagascar Jasmine
  • Silver Sword
  • Rattlesnake plant
  • Bromelia (Neoregelia ampullacea)
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I LOVE it!! It turned out really nice!!!
 
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