Naturalistic + Bioactive Crested Gecko Vivarium (Housing Henry 2.0)

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Here we go again... another naturalistic/bioactive vivarium build! In this demonstration, I show you how I made a new and improved setup for my Crested Gecko, Henry. Henry was my first Crested Gecko and the reason why I like these little guys so much. I felt like I owe it to him and Crested Geckos at large, to make another video demonstrating how to set up a suitable vivarium. As I usually say, you do not need to make something this elaborate to keep a happy and healthy animal, but there's no reason not to! I'm making three more videos for this series, so if I didn't cover something in this video, chances are that I will in one of the others. I will say though that I have a fan and UVB lighting included in this setup (I know those will be two common questions). I'll expound upon these items in a later video. Understand that Crested Geckos are arboreal (spend most, if not all of their time in trees), so when creating a setup, design it in a way that accommodates this aspect of their habitat. Although this tank might not look like it just yet, when it grows in, it will very much mimic a dense canopy. You can't go wrong creating a setup that mimics an animal's natural habit. Good plant choices include large leafed plants and hardy plants that can take a beating. Do a little research and you can easily pick out a good selection. Something else I should mention is that this type of background can be done without making three panels. If you want to make a single background panel, follow the same procedure, but make it slightly larger than the width of the inside of your enclosure (roughly 1/8” wider). You could also create it outside of the enclosure like this and silicone it in place. This of course will attach it to the tank, but you could still get the benefits that come with making a background outside of the enclosure. If your wondering what tank this is, it's a DIY plywood enclosure that I made myself. If you want to learn how I made it, check out this link: Below are some links that could be of use: Tropical (ABG) Substrate Mix: Background Tutorials: Housing Henry 1.0: Vertical Vivarium Series: Culture Your Own Springtails: You can follow me on Instagram @serpadesign for project sneak peaks, updates and more content like this.


Duncan Robertson : I really think you should do a carnivorous plant terrarium with sundews, pitchers, bladderworts, etc. I’m setting mine up soon but I think you could do a great job of one

Zacks Tanks Crazy Aquarium Guy : You are an artist at heart Mr Serpa. Beautiful setup.

Logan Hawkins : bro I gotta say with this much work involved you deserve more subs

Stuart Hopkins : I seriously think this is your best video yet. Henry's home looks better than what you'd find in a high quality zoo! Great work!

Mattias : I thought it looked good before the plants were in. When it was done my jaw was on the floor.

nahh nah : these are my favorite videos the vivarium build videos are fun to watch

Daniel Huber : That looks amazing Tanner... another fantastic job!!!

Sewa Groznij : You make really good content mate!

TuckerSP2011 : It's just awesome! I think Henry will love it!

Aquilist : I love your videos. I just finished a vivarium which has your drainage system and spray foam background in it. It also has a parlour palm a birds nest fern, lady-hair fern, variegated pothos and some species of mini bromeliad. I used your tutorials to create it and I think it looks great. Not as good as this vivarium though.

Naerwyn : Holy crap!! I love this one so much! You have always had a really good eye, but (I think) this setup really showcases how much you have learned idea-wise, and aesthetically. I am jealous of Henry! x'D

Lộc Nguyễn : It look like a small jungle in a box , i am sure henry will love this

Raccoon Balls : Haven’t watched cause it was just uploaded. But Henry’s first tank looked amazing! Currently I only have 1 bioActive tank. But I am culturing springtails and Dwarf white isopod! Anyways keep up the good work!

Itz_Fez_Tex : Something about the way this man speaks has me relaxed

Stephanie R. : Awesome tutorial, thanks so much for making it. Many other DIY videos are confusing but yours is really simple and well explained.

James raio : This is truly amazing. Absolute work of art. Extremely well formatted it terms of video quality also.

Calvin Udallovich : what kind of lighting is best for a crestie bioactive enclosure?

Εξωγειηνος Εξωγειηνακης : Man you do an amazing job.I really enjoy to watch your videos and also I have learned a bunch of things. Please keep it that way.

LittleKittyGirl453 : That expanding foam is so satisfying... Great vid. This might help me convince my parents to let me get a crested gecko.

Orange Young : Been looking forward to this. Awesome build as always! I appreciate your use of different materials and making different setups each time, it has given me so many ideas.

Crying Silence : I like how much art you can put into your enclosures and yet have so much care for your animals, really well made and done. Thank you for being nice to your pets <3

Cupsnake : I'm eleven seconds into the video, and lemme just say, I love him. Henry.

so I'm here now : Your crested gecko is really beautiful. He looks amazing.

Marc Sallis-Lyon : Yeeesss!!!! They just keep getting better!! I love what you did with the cork bark. I can't wait for part 2 and the next series!! 👌

Thomas Zimmer : Perfect video as always! You're the king!

Anything Adrenaline : Do you build these for sale? Or have a setup you'd be willing to sell?

Stevhan Hughes : I thoroughly enjoyed your new home for Henry....

suited zombie : My FAVORITE part for someone with Trypophobia is when you're drilling the holes. That was the BEST me 😫

Piotr B3333 : Looking forward to the next video in this series!

Jerald Maes : Can't wait to see what it looks like once the plants grow

5,000 Subs Without Any Videos : Ur my favorite verrarium build channel!

Zbionix / Caleb H. : That looks soooo good, nice job 😁

Planty Man : you have talent man :)

brummie pc gamer : i lost it when he planted the peraggganurrtttssss

Peppermint Asteroid : Lol, I thought my cresties enclosure was pretty good, but this is amazing 😍

Froggo Channel : Nice I recently got a Crested Gecko myself. His name is Newton

Victoria Raechel : Okay wow that looks amazing and I now feel intimidated 😂

Melissa Voorn : Was waiting on this! I am going to build a vivarium from scratch this summer! So exited

Juwangsang : Ah, i have waited a long time for this ;)

June Knobbe : I like watching you make a background but I don't see myself ever doing this. It looks so good. Your little gecko friend is lucky.

Daniel Medford : Amazing!

Anthony Cuevas : Another fantastic video, awesome set up!

Curtis J Berger Jr. : This is awesome!

Alek Kent : What a dope hobby

Madeline Witt : these videos are so relaxing and beautiful to watch!

Felix Arthur : Been looking forward to this!!!!

Johnfloyd man77 : Fantastic video again , real enjoyed it . Your crested gecko is one lucky guy , bet he can't wait to get in to his new home 😁😁🐸..

Ryan Kay : You are my favorite youtuber,,, you are very talented!!! :)

Stefan Burczymucha : Your nature is so natural! Truly amazing!