ghoulishcresties, thank you! Ackies should have as much floor space as you can muster, and a lot of vertical space is a bonus - they are very active.
beast-blade-wolf, the uromastyx are unique, in that they are vegetarians and not at all food motivated. They are used to having their food wait for them, and it is hard to entice them with anything to get them to move ‘now’. The best results I have had have been with nasturtium flowers, which are easy to grow and they love. Most other lizards are predatory and understand that, unlike greens and flowers, their food has to be eaten now or it can get away. They are also relatively slow growing. If you are very patient, they are very pretty and do get tame.
Here are a few pics of a few tanks for dlhirst:
A 40 breeder with:
Celestial Danios, Corydoras, Otocynclus, Cherry Shrimp and Mystery Snails, all born here. Plants are all real, mostly green and red crypts, java fern, java moss and guppy grass. The Celestials spend every morning in mating rituals and usually at least one or two pairs end up breeding. Their tank -mates usually clean up the eggs, but if I let the plants grow in a little more densely, I can get babies to survive. Same with my school of White Clouds in another tank, if I let the vegetation thicken up, I get babies.
A 20 Long with:
Celestial Danios, Corydoras, Cherry Shrimp and Mystery Snails. Plants mostly red crypts, some java fern and a big, semi-floating wad of guppy grass mixed with cabomba.
A 10 gallon tank with our adopted/rescued fish:
A few Fancy Guppies, a mixed school of Cardinal/Neon Tetras, some kind of reddish-purple Danio and Cherry Shrimp. Plants are some kind of tiny swordgrass, a big wad of java moss and some red crypts.
Hi Lumpy, here is another wasp pic.
I was feeding her a hornworm to give to her larvae and it fell off my pointy stick (bamboo skewer) onto my hand, and she chased it down and killed it on the back of my hand. I had to sit there and let her process it. I worked my phone out of my pocket with my other hand and managed to grab a pic. Definite test of nerves, she was my first wasp and when she flew down onto my hand, I was pretty sure I was gonna die.
Interesting process of preparing prey for their young. They do not sting their prey. Their first line of physical nest defense is to bite, and that’s also how they kill prey. They have a pretty solid pinch, like an equal size beetle. They catch small caterpillars and bite the heads off in two or three bites. They then squeeze the juice out and drink it for later regurgitation. They roll and squeeze and roll and squeeze, and end up with a wrung-out pellet of caterpillar skin and meat.
They fly back to the nest with the pellet and bump heads with the first nest-mate they encounter. The nest-mate grabs it and together, they chew down through the pellet and split it neatly in half, and each then goes to the next nest-mate and repeats the process. Everybody gets a piece.
Once all of the adult wasps have a piece of the caterpillar, they walk all over the nest and dip down into each occupied cell, feeding the larvae with the meat and regurgitated juice…Mmmmm… The teamwork is amazing!
I’ll have to close this post to switch my phone from hotspot to file sharing to get pictures out of it, and I’ll post a full-size pic of the large terrarium.