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It’s been a fascinating journey.  From tropical fish to orchids to where we are now- geckos.  From 125 fish tanks to an orchid room to a basement full of animals, it’s been a journey.   What started out as a walled/plastic wrapped room to hold in humidity became our first gecko room-  Room #1.  There are now five rooms in total. 

In the following post, I will walk through in detail the different sections of the rooms.

For those keeping 1- 4 animals, this might be a venture into total boredom.   For those slipping down the path to maintaining multiple breeding groups of animals, I am hoping this is invaluable information.  I wish I had this detail around 2005 when thoughts of becoming a gecko breeder were just starting to flicker to life.    (all measurements are close approximations- this is for you engineers that may complain the numbers do not add up)

LEGEND   

GR1   This (rectangle) designates Room #  (5 rooms)

GR2   This (circle) designate Rack  (several different colors for diff animals)

Instructions-  For Rooms, click on DESCRIPTION for details on each room.  Click on GALLERY to see a quick photo gallery. Or simply page down for the whole article.

ROOMS

Room #1- The Leopard room  6’ x 18’    DESCRIPTION  
Room #2- The Sink room  22.5’ x 6’ and 12’ by the sink (L Shaped).  Main crestie room     DESCRIPTION  
Room #3- The Hallway, 4’ x 18’ because it is the hallway.  This is my fav area (at least today)    DESCRIPTION  
Room #4-  The Day Care room.  24’ x 24  I stole this room from my wife when she was done doing daycare.    DESCRIPTION  
Room #5-  The Bug room.  5.5’ x 7’  I’ve also confiscated the bathroom to raise/store bugs.    DESCRIPTION 

 

Go to GALLERY 

 

ROOM TOUR

ROOM 1 The Leopard Room

I cannot remember when I did not have a rack.  Year one started with a pair of leos but immediately expanded into several groups and the building of a rack for the adults. This is the HOT room.  Normally maintained around 78-82 degrees during the day and 74 degrees at night.  Each rack is provided either belly heat from flex-watt tape controlled by HerpStat thermostats (leo racks) or by heat cable (Australian and P. picta racks). 

 

‘baby picta’

Baby Paroedura picta rack currently, until recently it held a majority of our breeder leos.  10 shelves w/5 15 qt tubs per = 50 enclosures.  Now this rack holds baby P. picta only.

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‘adult leos’

I will jump to this rack as this is our current adult leo rack.  A sister to the first, this one handles 50 enclosures as well.

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‘baby leos’

Is a set of twin 11 shelf, 4 6 qt. enclosures per shelf racks. That makes 88 more   enclosures.  This is a perfect grow out area for our leos.

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‘adult picta’

Makes up 10 shelves of 3 15 qt tubs each for a total of 30 enclosures.  Here we hold our breeder Paroedura picta.  Yes, a full rack of picta!  This is why we       converted over the ‘baby picta’ rack.

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‘Nepherus / Coleonyx’

11 shelves holding 6 15 qt. tubs per.  66 enclosures! Capable of We actually call it our Australian rack but it has morphed over time.  We keep our N. milii and N. wheelieri here but also 3 groups of Coleonyx, a few sets of leo breeders (overflow), and a Pachydacylus rangei tub.

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  5    5b

 

‘grey rack’

in the middle of the room is a rack we kept many misc. small geckos on.  We utilize this as    our overflow-  1 morning gecko 9” cube, some live foods, and a place to put down a clipboard.

Coming-soon

  

ROOM 2 The Sink Room

Simply because, early on we had two room- the leo (warm) room and the other that has a sink in it.  Simple.  While there are a few different setups going on here, this is our primary crested room- adults and growouts.  It works great as it gets some heat from the leo room but not too much to stress the crested.  We also maintain our African geckos (a bit more heat) and micro babies.

 

‘adult cresteds’ (1) 

holds 10 glass tanks (8 20H and 2 20XH).  I love this setup.  Perfect for breeding a 1.1 pair/group of cresties. 

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‘adult cresteds’ (2) 

4 glass 20H tanks.  Home to 2 beautiful pin stripe crested gecko pairs and home to the famous Speckles and his lovely ladies.

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‘adult cresteds’ (3) 

3 shelves capable of handling 5 70 qt tubs each (currently only running the top two shelves (10 tubs).  For some reason, the geckos on this rack produce consistently well.  Perhaps it is the amount of room they are given.

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‘baby cresteds’ (1)

probably our most functional setup-  a twin bank of racks.  6 shelves holding 3 19 qt tubs each-  18 tubs.  36 total tubs does not seem like that much but we grow out our juvenile cresties here very well.  

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  9a    9b

 

‘baby cresteds’ (2)

Another 19 qt tub rack but one shelf higher so 21 tubs.  Quick note-  this rack cost me  less than $75 total (with tubs!) to make 8 years ago.  What an investment!

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  9a    9b

 

‘micro baby’

built in 2014, we needed a way to manage and grow out micro gecko babies.  The tubs are only 6 qt. and very long.  Stored on 4 shelves and 5 across (20 enclosures).  This is a simple rack to manage and raise a LOT of babies.

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  11a    11

 

‘hemidactylus / pachydacylus’  

3 shelves with 7 tanks per shelf.  21 10 gallon glass tanks with screen tops.  I don’t use the bottom 7 right now but they are there if we need them.  We house our breeder groups of medium sized (4 inches or so) African geckos here.  

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  12a    12b

 

‘Inc.' 

our home made wine cooler incubator.  Most leo, picta, African gecko eggs go here to cook.  This is a homemade wine cooler turned incubator.  I've added a thermostat and flex watt to heat the unit.

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Finally, right next to the sink is a 30 gallon glass tank we have setup for a pair of Goniurasaurus araneus.  Great setup but we never see the geckos.

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ROOM 3 The Hallway

What can one do with a space only 4 feet wide by about 20 feet long.  Well, if you keep small geckos, this is a golden opportunity.  I filled it with 12x12x18 enclosures, 9” cubes, and a rack for cave geckos.  About 70 additional enclosures! 

 

misc humid’  

I needed a bank of glass enclosures setup to hold humidity .  A long 8 foot shelf holds 8 12x12x18 Zilla and ExoTerra cages.  Setup on a mister, this group maintains a nice humid environment.  I probably spend more time watching these animals than any in my collection.  Below this shelf of tanks sits a 30 gallon tank on blocks holding a pair of larger geckos.  Again, on the misting system.

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  15a    15b

 

‘pachy’  

4 shelves holding 6 9” cubes built by Tundra Exotics and 3 additional enclosures (room for 3 more).  We use these small tanks to house breeding groups of Pachydactylus, some grow out Pachys, and a couple of misc geckos.

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  16a    16b

 

‘cave geckos’

A great rack holding several pairs of cave geckos (Goniurasaurus) and their babies.  8 shelves of 5 12 qt enclosures each.  However, we exchanged several 2 sets of the 12 qt. tubs for a larger 27 quart tub to hold larger pairs of caves (total of 36 total tubs used currently).

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  17a    17b

 

 

ROOM 4 The Day Care Room

In 2012, Nanette decreased her day care responsibilities and moved to the first floor.  Within minutes, I began creating spreadsheets estimating exactly how many enclosures I could fit in this room.  How many?  Well…. it was a lot.  At the room’s current peak, we maintain 176 enclosures.  Many hold 2 or more animals as well.  It filled up quickly.

 

‘adult gargoyle’

This rack was built in early 2016.  Going from their previous 15 gallon glass tanks to 30 gallon plastic enclosures should provide a much better living experience for the gargs.  This is a   BIG rack of geckos!  

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  18a    

 

‘baby cresteds’ (4)The most utilized rack in the facility.  12 shelves holding 7 6 quart tubs each (84 total).  We start our crested geckos here and raise them for about a month or two before moving to the larger grow out tubs.  At any time, we could have 100-130 babies housed on this rack. 

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  19a    19c

 

‘baby cresteds’ (3)

A sister rack of ‘baby cresteds’ (2) but, his one holds 6 shelves of 5 19 quart tubs (30).  Again, at around 3 months of age, cresties are moved from to these grow out racks.  Very inexpensive to make, it offers huge functionality.

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  9a    20c

 

‘adult cresteds’ (4)

A rack holding 5 shelves of 2 50 qt. tubs each (10 total). 

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‘Heated Grow Out'

Flex watt heated 15 gallon tanks.  We use this setup to grow out our African geckos.

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‘adult cresteds’ (5)

A rack holding 5 shelves of 3 50 qt. tubs each (15 total).  This rack holds some pinstripes and most of our RED collection.

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‘chahoua’

A rack holding 5 shelves of 2 50 qt. tubs each (10 total).  While this rack was setup to hold our breeding groups of chewies, this seems to be our overflow rack for now.

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‘mealworm’

A narrow rack setup to hold live food.  8 shelves holding 27 qt tubs for mealworms

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‘dubia’ (2)

Two 90 qt. tubs holding dubia.

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‘dubia’ (3)

One 90 qt. tub holding dubia.

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ROOM 5 The Bug Room

With the occupation of The Day Care Room, we annexed the bathroom and converted it into ‘The Bug Room’.  Extra crickets are stored here.  Other bugs such as peanut beetles, isopods, etc.  are also kept here.  Why?  It is the warmest room in the house.  It’s primary function though is to house a rack of 3 dubia containers.  

 

‘dubia’ (1)

Three 50 qt. tubs holding dubia.

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STORAGE

Surrounding Room 4 and in the hallway, there are a few storage areas.  These are invaluable.

 

 

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Storage (1)

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Storage (2)
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Storage (3)
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Storage (3)

 

 

GALLERY

    Room 1

2
3 4

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3 5c

 

 

    Room 2

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7 8

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    Room 3

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16 17a

 

 

    Room 4

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20 21

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    Room 5

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