Making New Caledonia Gecko Vivariums (Bioactive DIY Build)

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For several years now, I've been lowkey talking about these vivariums. I never made any specifications, but I eluded to the fact that I was going house all of the geckos in a single location. It's been a slow process, but it's finally come to fruition.
Crested Geckos and Gargoyle Geckos are awesome animals that do great in live planted bioactive vivariums. If you choose a good selection of plants and provide enough space, they're very easy to keep. I didn't want to be too redundant, so I did all three of these in a single video. I have no intentions of bringing in any more New Caledonia geckos and my plan is to keep them in these vivariums for good.
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Plant List
Bird's Nest Fern (Asplenium nidus)
Dwarf Umbrella Plant (Schefflera arboricola)
Golden Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)
Red Guzmania Bromeliad (Guzmania Sp.)
Swiss Cheese Vine (Monstera adansonii)
Variegated Inch Plant (Tradescantia zebrina)
Items Used (NOT Affiliate Links)
Biodegradable Gecko Dishes |
Coco Chips |
Coco Fiber |
Epanding Foam |
Leca Clay Pellets |
LED Strip Lights |
Geotextile Fabric |
Malaysian Driftwood |
Magnolia Leaves |
Manzanita Driftwood |
Mopani Wood |
Oak Leaves |
Orchid Bark |
Quikrete Tint Black |
Quikrete Tint Brown |
Sphagnum Moss |
Wire Brush Wheel |
White Drylok |
XPS Insulation Board |
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SerpaDesign Ամիս առաջ
This completes a small portion of my plan to optimize the animal room. More to come, but I'm really excited to have this portion done... and in case you didn't put two and two together, I now have two empty plywood tanks. What should I do with them? Also, which one of these vivariums is your favorite? I probably like Henry's the best (the one on the right).
BTack206 4 օր առաջ
You didn't show where the bulk head drains or what that was used for.
Giovanni Escutia
Giovanni Escutia Ամիս առաջ
I've changed my mind, what about a tree frog build?
Pratt Gibson
Pratt Gibson Ամիս առաջ
you should do whites tree frog enclosure
Out Of Stock
Out Of Stock Ամիս առաջ
Maybe a ball python for one of them?
Koen van Iterson
Koen van Iterson Ամիս առաջ
I'd like to see a grass snake or poison dart frogs. Keep up the good work I like you're style.
adam jezo
adam jezo Օր առաջ
I have question about background. How does it feel when you touch it? i wonder because i made a background like this but instade of Drylok i used quick dry cemment and my crested gecko is not realy familiar with it. Does it feel similar?
T K 2 օր առաջ
That foam looks insanely good the rock style. You should add little caves and rooms for them to hide in that are like half foot little caves
SleekLemur 3 օր առաջ
Dang. How long did you let the paint dry? Or did you top coat seal it? With water the paint ran so badly
Faisal Zahidi
Faisal Zahidi 3 օր առաջ
Cheers from Malaysia, Tanner! Thanks for using our driftwood... 😂😂😂
Nick Moss
Nick Moss 6 օր առաջ
@serpadesign What changed with upkeep moving from normal terrariums to these?
Cody White
Cody White 6 օր առաջ
Why do you keep all three lizards separate why not one big tank
David Zinßler
David Zinßler 8 օր առաջ
Does it work with only top ventilation? I build an enclosure with top ventilation and needed to add front ventilatiion under the door because the glas always fogged up
Torrey Brooks-Mauga
Torrey Brooks-Mauga 11 օր առաջ
"I'm just going to casually walk across my ceiling and wave goodbye"
Império dos Playbacks
Império dos Playbacks 11 օր առաջ
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איך לבנות אתר 11 օր առաջ
Is that a good setup for a Green Tree Python?
DarjeelingJelly 11 օր առաջ
This is exactly what I wanted ♡ yup have a few schefflerras ...they just keep growing forever... I enjoyed this throughly. Your tanks and geckos are beautiful!
Courtney Cook
Courtney Cook 12 օր առաջ
This was awesome liked & subbed 😊
PocketPJ 13 օր առաջ
Where did you get the little plant pots? I plan to use this as a guide and I'd love to use those little plant pots as well :3
Thundourus 1
Thundourus 1 15 օր առաջ
Ackie monitor enclosure pls
John C.
John C. 18 օր առաջ
You're incredible! This is amazing, and awe inspiring honestly. You can tell you love what you do, and love your animals.
Andrea Farris
Andrea Farris 18 օր առաջ
Could I use a hair dryer instead of the heat gun? They aren't expensive but I honestly don't know what I'd use it for after this project.
Cameron Summers
Cameron Summers 19 օր առաջ
How do these geckos keep warm? Is it just the overhead light and humidity?
Chopawamsic 2020
Chopawamsic 2020 20 օր առաջ
Your Geckos are gorgeous and your tanks are masterfully created. I am so happy I found your channel on a 3 am youtube blackhole.
Son of a Witch
Son of a Witch 20 օր առաջ
they're like tiny dragons! love em
Carly Hill
Carly Hill 22 օր առաջ
These are so beautiful!! And so are your geckos, I have to ask, how did you make the plywood tanks waterproof??? I would love to know so I can try to build something similar one day!
Aishwarya Jayaraman
Aishwarya Jayaraman 22 օր առաջ
How do you provide heating for them without killing the plants? I feel like a heat map could release a lot of steam and cook the roots of the plants
Eric Renz
Eric Renz 22 օր առաջ
What water sprayer do you use for your terrariums?
4D Chess Player
4D Chess Player 23 օր առաջ
expanding foam is extremely toxic
Joshua Garza
Joshua Garza 23 օր առաջ
Anybody know the name of that black sealer he used in the tank??
SweetFreek 667
SweetFreek 667 25 օր առաջ
bro i love you your animals must be so happy lol
Jerome Lim
Jerome Lim 25 օր առաջ
3 amazingly beautiful vivariums! awesome video!
Yue Jia
Yue Jia 27 օր առաջ
I'm pretty sure this is the only channel keeping me sane during covid.
PuertoRicanPrincess 29 օր առաջ
They change color?
Jonathon Henderson
Jonathon Henderson 29 օր առաջ
Man, a good tip for mixing paint or pigments is to always start with the lighter color and add dark until it’s good. Vivs looks great and I probably couldn’t do them myself. I was just saying because I know you didn’t want straight black or you wouldn’t have added the brown at all.
Jonathon Henderson
Jonathon Henderson 29 օր առաջ
Could be lighting too. Again, just for future reference.
It’s Stop Motion Bruh
It’s Stop Motion Bruh Ամիս առաջ
Sweet video bruh
steve852011 Ամիս առաջ
"Intended to stop there"... lol story of my life
Sanne G
Sanne G Ամիս առաջ
Beautiful scapes :)
Regina Regenbogen
Regina Regenbogen Ամիս առաջ
Love your vivarium! I'm not so lucky with plants. Built the bottom exactly like yours. However, my plants either drown or dry up :/ Haven't found the right plants yet...
Linda Kaserman
Linda Kaserman Ամիս առաջ
I don't own reptiles, but i do find them interesting. The other reason i love this channel is the way you take so much time to make the habitats good for the animals, but really attractive. Great job.
Jessika Urena
Jessika Urena Ամիս առաջ
Thanks for making stuff like this and taking all the time to edit and make it informative and entertaining
shredman59 Ամիս առաջ
You do amazing and beautiful things! Would love to take a stroll through your rooms and around your ponds!
Pratt Gibson
Pratt Gibson Ամիս առաջ
I wonder if you could have a bonsai in a vivarium (you might already have that idk)
dragonspirit1185 Ամիս առաջ
You should use peat moss instead of Coco fiber
Cleveland explorer
Cleveland explorer Ամիս առաջ
Hey dude, I'm loving your new cinematics, brilliant :) it goes without saying about your brilliant Vivs etc too
Media SL - Second Life
Media SL - Second Life Ամիս առաջ
awesome 😜
Neal Caffrey
Neal Caffrey Ամիս առաջ
Didn't explain the ventilation or the heat set up.
pecktec Ամիս առաջ
Hey there buddy. I’m actually about to build something similar to this in a week or so. How often do you mist the plants? Have you come up with a way to automate that task?
Hannah Ամիս առաջ
Do you have to keep replacing the bottom when they poo and wee?
SerpaDesign Ամիս առաջ
No the clean up crew and plants take care of that.
Reyes Amm
Reyes Amm Ամիս առաջ
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mosingbubble Ամիս առաջ
I hope one day you can work with Snake Discovery and collab design a super cool vivarium or something!
Adrian vaughn
Adrian vaughn Ամիս առաջ
Where do you get driftwood? I have a few pieces but they were all kind of expensive and I haven’t been able to find any that isn’t
Jeppe Abrahamsen
Jeppe Abrahamsen Ամիս առաջ
Nice video. I would also appreciate a Pacman-frog enclousure, that isn´t as plane as I always see. Keep up the good work
Joseph Siordia
Joseph Siordia Ամիս առաջ
Hey tanner I don't know if you'll ever read this comment but crested geckos and gargoyle geckos actually do use and love water dishes in there enclosure I keep water caps in all of my crested enclosures and I'm sure yours can benefit from them too
Ejay Matum
Ejay Matum Ամիս առաջ
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Saraswati Ամիս առաջ
Thank you for all the great videos! You identified a plant for me today, the swiss cheese, so I thank you for that as well!
DrewBoyFTW Ամիս առաջ
Dang these videos are so relaxing. I love it
Eleanor Rose
Eleanor Rose Ամիս առաջ
Tanner: *makes wonderful viv full of places to climb and explore* Gecko: *hangs on roof*
Owen Guidry
Owen Guidry Ամիս առաջ
I painted a Hydraulic Concrete background with the Quickcrete pigments, but forgot to mix the pigments with Drylok. The pigment rubs off so much so that I have to redo it. This comment is just for anyone thinking about doing this. don’t forget the Drylok!!!😭
RFSF Ամիս առաջ
Very good! I'm always learning from your videos. But you have to start cutting down on plastic because of the planet. Best regards From Portugal
Anais Ratsep
Anais Ratsep Ամիս առաջ
soo gorgeous
rootMu Ամիս առաջ
I love watching your videos, some of the names of the plants really make me smile. I swear you make some of the funnier ones up to see who's paying attention but you say them with such a straight voice its hard to tell :P
SerpaDesign Ամիս առաջ
I don't make them up 😂
IAmGeeSnap Ամիս առաջ
yay a return of the isopods my favorite and oooooo a new variety nice very nice your lil friends are so lucky to have you caring for them :@) Cynthia's room is my fave
IAmGeeSnap Ամիս առաջ
are those isopods albino or just yellow you did not tell us the name of them this time PS i really liked the poster you once had up of them
Wiphernon Ամիս առաջ
Hey, I just went to see your channel on a friend's recommendation and I have to say that it's amazing ! I love how you craft the decor with foam. I have a simple question : Would these terrarium builds (at least the plants and decor, take some ideas) would suit a Gonyosoma Prasinus (tiny rat snake) please? Thank you. ♥
Zokomo TV
Zokomo TV Ամիս առաջ
Pretty sweet project Tanner!
Keepruvthknight Ամիս առաջ
You are a true artist!
lamecow21 Ամիս առաջ
Looking forward to the build for the plywood tanks
J Marshal
J Marshal Ամիս առաջ
Gorgeous scapes and I just LOVE those geckos!
Nancy H Alwin
Nancy H Alwin Ամիս առաջ
Beautifully done!
Miguel Vega
Miguel Vega Ամիս առաջ
From personal experience, my geckos do drink from water bowls. While they do like to sip water from the leaves the water might dry up by the time they wake up. I always leave a water bowl to give them the option to drink and maintain humidity. I have caught them drinking from their bowls before.
Mark Railey
Mark Railey Ամիս առաջ
Great work
Sensei Pedro Quesada
Sensei Pedro Quesada Ամիս առաջ
Any tips on heating mat (heat source) placement for this kind of build? Great Video!
TheDecker40 Ամիս առաջ
Amazing video as usual!! Keep them coming!!
moig joid
moig joid Ամիս առաջ
That was an oddly normal "hit that like button" this time around. I was expecting you to paste your face onto the gecko or something 😂😂
Chips-ahoy Ամիս առաջ
Love the scape I wish I was as good as you are
old lifter
old lifter Ամիս առաջ
Really enjoyed this I enjoy terriums but nothing this big
Wantha Daily
Wantha Daily Ամիս առաջ
old lifter
old lifter Ամիս առաջ
Check out" Goliad farms" fish breeders got hit bad by freeze in Texas some might find it interesting as they work as natural as possible
nurseyj9 Ամիս առաջ
I'd love to see how you would house a leopard gecko - mine is 17 now and I'd like her to have a better viv
LuminousEmerald Ամիս առաջ
This is a beautiful and inspiring video, wonderful job
krishna chaitanya ravuri
krishna chaitanya ravuri Ամիս առաջ
Why not put them together in one big enclosure?
Joel Nilsson
Joel Nilsson Ամիս առաջ
very neat
Andrew Ellwood
Andrew Ellwood Ամիս առաջ
Comment just to add viewer interaction Good luck brother love your contract
hypersapien Ամիս առաջ
I would want to live in there if I was a lizard. Good work!
Paradise Aquatics
Paradise Aquatics Ամիս առաջ
Absolutely beautiful slices of nature and beautiful animals am so jealous 😢 as wish I had the space etc
wiLLiam Ամիս առաջ
9:18 its ya boi
Ivan Vargas
Ivan Vargas Ամիս առաջ
How do you maintain the plants in these vivariums. Ive watch a bunch of your vivarium builds but i still havent seen or caught on to how you keep the plants in such good shape. Ive since built my own ispired by yours and my plants arent doing too well and i cant seem to get a good humidity range and soil moisture balance. Anything helps. Id be more than happy to elaborate on my build if you reply to this message. I have yet to put my crestie in but its coming close to when i planned on doing so.
Christina Kuzon
Christina Kuzon Ամիս առաջ
What kind of paint do you use? And did you use a sealant on it?
Matthew Tyllis
Matthew Tyllis Ամիս առաջ
Hello, I started doing this due to your videos and its amazing. Anyways, what if I were to over water and then want to suspend a dehumidifier pack (food safe) into the air space of my closed-bottle terrarium with just plants and a couple isopods? This would pull the humidity out obviously, but I wonder if it would be worthwhile for quick dehumidifying. This is just some stupid idea I have. I realize opening the container and letting it vape off is the way but what about this crazy way I thought of? I want to try it out and I may end up doing so. What are your thoughts on this? Crazy and not worth the time? That is my guess but hey, who knows. Thanks man and I apologize as I don't know where to ask you things and I'm sure you get enough of that. Hope all is well and that you and yours are safe! I'm thinking of this scenario for mold issues where you could dry out the bottle really fast. Totally could be useless as well.
Max Neimeyer
Max Neimeyer Ամիս առաջ
Have you ever considered a terrarium with a mammal inside of it?
stefanos tokatlidis
stefanos tokatlidis Ամիս առաջ
Those are amazing enclosures! I would like to make a naturalistic setup for my crested gecko, but I fear for problems. For example, how do you prevent warping of the wood due to moisture? Also, how much ventilation do you allow and is mould ever a problem?
Krystal Clark
Krystal Clark Ամիս առաջ
I am so happy to have found your channel. Your videos are educational as well as relaxing. Your work is amazing and everything looks extremely professional. Phenomenal work.
tanner coward
tanner coward Ամիս առաջ
Out of all th geckos I've ever bred. Crested are by far my favorite. They're the most chill geckos.
Ramón Romero
Ramón Romero Ամիս առաջ
Wow amazing video! I really want to make my own DIY vivariums sometime in the future! 🔥 watching your videos inspires me. My favorite tank has to be the one with the flower, something about the red in there makes it stand out more 🔥
Clemmys Guttata
Clemmys Guttata Ամիս առաջ
Awesome video man!
Gear Croz
Gear Croz Ամիս առաջ
your builds is always so detailed love that, plus theres crested gecko! will there be arid bioactive vivariums setups any time soon? kinda need reference for bioactive bearded dragons setups
Brady Scott
Brady Scott Ամիս առաջ
the ending was so pleasing, loved the vibe
Zachary Zimmerman
Zachary Zimmerman Ամիս առաջ
Please please please make a video on how you made the actual enclosures!
TorQueSS J
TorQueSS J Ամիս առաջ
Absolutely love the background on these!! So doable for me! The silicone/coco fibre looked really messy and involved, carving ALL of the dried expanding foam for the silicon to stick etc, your enclosures are stunning, as usual Tanner, lucky lucky geckos, I’m learning everything I can from you about vivarium builds before I make my own and go pick my new gecko up from the breeder
Thomas McGinley
Thomas McGinley Ամիս առաջ
What do you use to spray your tanks?
Corrieann Wallman
Corrieann Wallman Ամիս առաջ
Juz made our first one but we only had cheese cloth will that still work?
Tinamarie Ussery
Tinamarie Ussery Ամիս առաջ
These look so good wish i was that handy
Tate Zimmer
Tate Zimmer Ամիս առաջ
I recently watched your “dinosaur plant” video and you should do a tank or paludarium build based around “old life forms” like bichirs or maybe Triops or something, it’d be very cool to see what you come up with.
Isaac The Moist
Isaac The Moist Ամիս առաջ
Do you make custom tanks for people to buy?
Martîn Ամիս առաջ
what do you use for leopard gecko's as substrate? im living in the netherlands , and basically every petstore/reptile store tells me , i cant use sand , as long as your leo gecko is healty i know that isnt true , and that i can harm your gecko in the long/short term.. could any of you help me out ?
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