So, I'm VERY new to owning reptiles. I love them to death and I have been wanting one since I was little. I am currently 17 and my mother is finally thinking about letting me have an Ackie, which is really the only thing she's even said "We'll see." to. I have been doing as much research as I can so that if I am able to get one I'd be able to care for it properly. But throughout my research there has been constant bickering between people on certain things when it comes to housing and substrate for them. 1. Terrarium Size: All around I've been seeing the dimensions 4x2x2, but when I look further and try to see the suggestions for a single Ackie I cant seem to find a size. I only see people recommending a size for multiple monitors. In a thread I finally saw a measurement for a singular monitor, being a 5x2.5-3x3 (feet). I just wanna make sure what a good size would be so that the Ackie wouldn't outgrow the tank in a few months. I did read the care thread in the monitor forums, but I want to see what others think and if possible pictures to help. My dad is a construction worker and could help build a cage if necessary (I've seen people say you cant get a suitable one online plus I feel building it would be cheaper.) 2. Substrate: This is probably the BIGGEST thing that people have been arguing on that I've seen in researching these. I've seen people recommend granite but then others say there's nothing but bad reviews and that it can cause intestinal issues when digested. I know that they need a good deep layer of it (8 to 12") to burrow and that it would have to hold up the burrows and keep humidity. Peoples have also suggested to spray the burrows while the Ackie isn't inside to keep it humid. What would you recommend for substrate and what is your experience with it for raising Ackies? 3. Humidity: I've seen it suggested anywhere from 30% all the way up to 75%, I know humidity affects the shedding process so I really don't want to mess that up and end up causing a bad shed or worse. I've seen people say that you should keep the air and surfaces dry and the burrows moist. (Meantioned a bit in Substrate). It seems like a lot of people fight over this and I just want my Ackie to have a good cage that doesn't stress them out. 4. Foliage/Basking: I've seen the technique of stacking plywood or rocks with enough space for them to climb up to new lairs with some logs for climbing on. What is the best to put into an Ackie enclosure? (Pictures would be very helpful I learn more with visuals but seeing people tell others they're doing it wrong is throwing me off). When it comes to basking is it better to have a flat area where they can lay out and get warm that way or places have suggested a sort of hide that has a warmer top and a cooler bottom they can climb on to bask. 5. Temperature: People have said they need to be kept anywhere from 120° F being the lowest to 170° F being the highest I've seen. I know they're from Australia and are used to high temps, but people are giving temps so far apart it's confusing. Then people say that the ambient side shouldn't fall below 80° then some say 75° to 60°(which seems way to low to me). Plus there should be a lot of different temps within with hides to choose from so they aren't too hot or cold, using an IR gun to test them. If possible I'd love a link for how to set up the lights and basking area. 6. UVB or no UVB and Diet: I've seen people who say that they need UVB lights and that it's good to get the 2 in 1 UVB and heat lamps, but then others say they dont need it as long as they have a good diet, which brings me to, what is the best diet to feed Ackies? I've seen only mice, to some mice but mostly bugs, to all bugs. I know roaches and mealworms have been suggested a lot and roaches seem to be in every suggestion. Do they need the calcium/vitamin powder to be on their food (other than mice)? I'm really just looking for as much help as I can get seeing as wherever I look there's bickering and fighting, even from people that are breeders who get called out for doing it wrong (ik breeders are far from perfect but you'd think someone who is selling living things would want to keep them in nice, safe, and, stable conditions). Does anyone have a good tutorial or picture of a good cage with preferable side doors (suggested since a hand from god/above would stress them). I don't plan to get an Ackie until I know that I have a suitable cage and I can take care of it properly. If there are any good tips you can give me for them or just common knowledge have at it, I wanna learn as much as possible. Also, link me to reliable breeders so I know I'm not supporting mass breeders that dont care about the animals they sell and are just in it for the money and so I dont end up getting ripped off/scammed.