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Re: Cause of death?


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Posted by ALanolis on April 04, 2003 at 11:56:55:

In Reply to: Re: Cause of death? posted by Yann Horstink on April 04, 2003 at 03:22:46:

It would tend to depend on the size of the tank and the population density of animals/plants involved... It needs to have a small enough number of animals to prevent overloading the environment with fecal material, enough plants to truly utilize that much "fertilizer" and a big enough space to allow minimal contact with the animal's own defecation ... which also means the entire tank volume must be an optimized environment to avoid the animals only using a small area (Immediately near a hide or one specific basking spot, etc.).

It's all a matter of the nitrogen fixation process, which can be very tricky in captive volumes. It's a completion of the nitrogen cycle...

Naturalistic vivaria/terraria are great displays when properly set up, but you have to be inclined towards possibly going a day or two at a time without seeing the animals sometimes... And don't even try to get them out for anything without breaking down the entire system. Ever. (what about vet visits, ya know) It's just not going to happen.

In order for the pseudo-ecosystem to be safe enough for the Anole(s) to remain healthy, you would need to be very experienced first at doing naturalistic vivariums. You'd have to be able to create a near self sustaining environment before even introducing the Anole. It would have to be HUGE, and you would need a lot of fresh parasite free plants. This is possible, I won't refute that, it's just not realistic for the average joe...


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