Re: Desert king snake
So I posed the "set it up and forget it" argument and asked how often people spot clean to the bio-active group and got "spot clean?" "that's why I went bio-active". Sometimes people said they had bones to remove or similar things that would take forever to break down when their reptile did not eat something whole. Otherwise some enclosures have been run for years with nothing removed or wiped off (I said to exclude the water dish in my questions). Some say they have entire chicks or dead adult rats that went uneaten get cleaned by the cleanup crew before they went bad. I would say if you can't "set it up and forget it" (beyond misting, feeding the cleanup crew, and refreshing the cleanup crew in tanks with things that eat them) you haven't finished setting it up and something is still missing or unbalanced. That's the point of all the thought being put into the design and even working out the behavior of the particular species to subspecies of snake. I also use the largest commonly suggested enclosure to twice that size depending. I have yet to remove snake poop from a bio-active tank. I wiped the glass a few times in my dekayi tank because he goes through the water dish, then the soil along the glass, up over a stick, and back down wiping the side the whole time. That's pretty much it except for a setup mistake I had to redo where I ignored advice and standard designs. Like I've said in another thread. I can only tell where I am so far. In several years my answers may change but the point of bio-active is to "set it up and forget it". It might take months and maintaining separate cleanup crew cultures to get there but there is agreement that is the goal.