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    Do you also have fish tanks?

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    No fish tank, although I'm considering a couple of minnows in the lizard pool, does that count? LOL

    The water set up in the tank is a large plastic container (about 1/3 the floor space of a 55 gal tank) with a small plastic container inside. The pump sits between the two and pumps water up a waterfall, into the smaller container and over the edge to the bigger container. The idea is to heavily plant the edge and for the plant roots to act as a filter system. The inside pool is maybe 10 inches deep.

    I've proven plants to grow well, and root well in the water. The problem is their hardyness as the lizards tear them apart jumping all over the place. I think pothos will end up being my best bet but I was hoping for other ideas.
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    Your set up rocks.. but I highly recommend more floor space..at least along the length of it.. I've seen a number of Water dragons and Basks that are inflicted with Nose rub because they keep bumping into the sides or try to get out. But get them acclimated first... Good luck!
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    Thanks for the thoughts,

    So far no nose bumps or rubbing. My bigger issue that I'mgetting fixed, is the tank originally had mirrors on the bank (when it was a CP tank). I've covered much of the mirror with cork bark pieces but obviously not enough. The male basilisk keeps watching his reflection in a couple of places and there is a good bit of head bobbing, he hasn't attacked it yet. I'v covered one of the larger places and it has helped, need to cover a few more which isn't easy with them still in the tank. I used a velcro to attach the one I put up to avoid glue fumes issues. It seemed to work, but will have to see how long with the humidity.

    They do a good bit of bouncing around even with it being a pretty heavily planted tank. I do keep an eye for running into the sides to stop nose damage early.

    Thanks again
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    Running into the side is the result of the animals fleeing from a percieved threat and not having a hide spot where they will feel safe. Basilisks will often use hideboxes if provided and this will go a long way to preventing nose rubs. With aquariums the problem is that the animal often does not realize (can't see the glass) there is a barrier there and/or the reflections from inside the tank make it look like there are other areas that they can use as an escape area (makes the area look larger). If the animals do begin to run into the sides and hanging some bubblewrap will prevent damage while allowing the basilisks some time to figure out the hiding areas.

    Most of the plants you are considering to use as a filtration require very high amounts of light (water hyacinth, lettuce, water lettuce) and will rapidly decay if this is not provided. Water hyacinth also tends to rapidly use up the nutrients in a small enclosure and crash addind to the pollution problems. Pothos is very tolerant of lower lighting situations and will work well as will Java Moss. Spathaphyllums are also a good choice as they tend to grow well under lower light levels. If you do not mind the basilisks tracking it everywhere duckweed is a good water purifier and the excess can be netted out of the pool.
    The one thing you will really need to watch with a standing water pool like this is the likelyhood of the lizards contracting ameobiasis (Entamoeba). If the stools become loose, or bloody consider getting them immediate fecal exams and possible treatment. It is more likely in standing water as opposed to water that is filtered or changed daily.

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    Thanks for the thoughts Ed, they were helpfull. I have ended up with pothos and they are working well so far. Spath is another good one, but I find gets way to tall in the tank, had one on the land side that I had to remove cause it was taking over, it did flower but was crushed by the lid. I thought about duck weed but was concerned it would take over also. I really wouldn't call this standing water. There is a water fall that circulates the water at a pretty good pace, evaporation is pretty quick also so it gets topped off about once a week with 1/2 gallon fresh water.

    Thinking about getting some water test kits. Anyone know what I should be looking for? I suspect the fish kits are what I need and I would hope they have a chart that lists the acceptable ranges.

    Thanks again, these guys sure are fun to watch. There is plenty of places for them to hide and head banging on the glass has not been an issue at all. Bonnie seems to watch us and Clyde likes to watch TV. They both like when there is music playing.

    I put a basking light up (25 watt bulb) the high end hit 95F and the low end stayed around 76F; that seems to be in the area of all the things I read. At first they stayed down under the heat, but by afternoon Bonnie spent the rest of the day under it.
    Linda in PA

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    For ease of use I would suggest the dry tab kits by Aquarium Pharmaceuticals. These are real easy to use, read the results are are usually in the ball park.

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