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Have you ever heard of a bioactive enclosure and wondered if it’s right for your lizard. When it comes to reptile-keeping, the term “bioactive” refers to the creation of a living ecosystem. Unlike a tank with fake plants and plastic rocks, bioactive enclosures allow your pet to form a natural habitat with other organisms. Along with living plants, you’ll need a “cleanup crew,” substrate, and natural landscaping, for your lizard. Balance these biotic and abiotic factors and you’ll have a fascinating, low-maintenance enclosure. You’ll find more information on how to set up your bioactive vivarium below.


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The most common types of pet lizards are the leopard gecko and the bearded dragon. Taking care of lizards can be relatively simple. They need a suitable enclosure, a bed, water, some form of heat, and a UVB bulb. Some lizards like to have climbing branches while others need a place to hide out. Once you have their home set up, the rest of the work will be feeding, watering, and cleaning up after your lizard. All lizards should be fed every other day and receive vitamin supplements twice a week.

If you’re ready to give your lizard’s enclosure an upgrade, consider investing in a bioactive tank. These natural tanks provide countless opportunities to enrich your pet. And, in the long run, it sets you up with an active habitat that requires little upkeep. First, you’ll build a background using natural materials or buy a premade background to keep it simple. Then, you’ll add a drainage layer, substrate barrier, and substrate. Do your research on the ideal type of substrate for your enclosure. Avoid soil with fertilizer, which can be toxic to your lizard. After adding the proper substrate mix, you’ll add in rocks, branches, and any other natural decorations to enhance the habitat. Choose the plants that best reflect your lizard’s natural environment. Take the time to ensure that whatever you plant in your vivarium will be safe for your pet, especially if they’re prone to munching on plants. Next, you’ll add a layer of leaf litter, moss, and all those little things that help the humidity and your clean-up crew on top of the soil. Set up your growth light and leave your plants to settle in before adding your lizard. Once your plants and animal are adjusted to the environment, it’s time to add in the cleanup crew such as isopods and other soil-dwelling decomposers.

We hope this basic guide has helped simplify the process for you. Want to know more about creating your own bioactive vivarium? There are several helpful videos online to guide you through the process of building an almost self-maintaining enclosure. We’re confident your lizard will benefit from any extra care you put into creating and maintaining its living space.