Based on the Demo’s feedback, we’ve implemented a fader on certain objects that block the party leader from view! Now there shouldn’t be any situations where you can’t figure out where you’re standing.
This is my current set up for my beardies bioactive set up.
Vivarium is 5x3x3ft
Lighting- 2x basking bulbs 15cm apart in warm end on a dimming thermostat
13w Jungle Dawn LED in cool end for plants
Uv- Arcadia 14% HO Desert Tube
Substrate- topsoil, playsand, excavator clay, sedge peat and coco coir. Cool end is more soil heavy for plants.
Plants- Dracaena and some seedlings for rocket. My succulents have all been eaten by the cuc.
Clean Up Crew- Springtails, isopods, dubia roaches, dermestid larvae, mealworms and morioworms and their beetles.
Rocks, branches and logs from a local forest away from traffic as is the leaf litter.
Also known as Demolition Beetles, or Demo Grubs, Rock Termites, Ruin Swarms, “Conkroaches,” and other such names, the actual beetles themselves are harmless herbivores which feed on moss, lichen, and many forms of seed. It is their larval form which gives them their reputation as devastating pests, though it is not entirely their fault that they’ve earned it.
The larvae of the wrecking ball beetles resemble a cross between a mundane beetle grub and a caterpillar with four long, flat, paddle-shaped limbs at their front. These limbs secrete a special enzyme that chemically disrupts most forms of stone and concrete, causing it to actually melt until the enzyme evaporates. The larvae live out their days crawling along the ground and consuming plant detritus until it comes time to pupate, and use this enzyme in tandem with their paddling legs to excavate holes in solid stone to protect themselves from predators. Once neatly inside, they pupate into the adult beetles, which coat themselves in a layer of the stone-melting enzyme in order to free themselves from their rocky hidey-holes before losing the ability to produce the substance altogether.
In the far past, the species lived exclusively on lower mountain ranges, but many of their natural habitats were relocated, demolished, or otherwise invaded with the expanse of civilization, with the unfortunate side-effect of having the beetles adapt to use the stony troll structures as their sites for their pupation. While a single beetle grub will cause negligible damage as it grows, hundreds of them working on the same building across sweeps and sweeps can and has caused billions of ceagers of damage and hundreds of deaths as negligent property owners refused to take care of ‘just a few holes’ until it was far too late. Invading the holes of the grubs to try and pull them out, even long after they’ve pupated, can cause them to burrow deeper into the rock and further the damage already done.
Beetle infestations are sometimes called things like “weeping stone” or “crying hives,” because the holes they leave have trails of previously-liquified stone leaking from them. When the enzyme evaporates, the stone it had melted solidifies once more into whatever shape it’s currently holding, lending to the appearance of “eyes” in the stone surfaces that are “crying,” with small “pools of tears” at their base.
Attempts to replicate their stone-melting enzyme have been met with mixed success, and attempts to breed beetles that produce copious amounts of it to harvest have been met with almost universal withdrawal of support and funding in the face of the potential danger that could result from outbreaks. While neither the beetles nor their grubs possess any sort of unique flavor, the grubs are enticing to the point of madness to most forms of avian and every form of carnivorous aquatic life, and thus make excellent bait when hunting birds or fishing.