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Terrariums, Palladariums and vivariums

Started by Jon, October 05, 2023, 05:49:22 PM

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Jon

Anyone have one?

I knocked this old Exo Terra viv together today. It's a bioactive set up.  Although it needs a lot more plants adding.

I added some clay balls, mesh and pro rep jungle substrate before adding more sphagnum moss and orchid bark.

For micro fauna I added tropical dwarf wood lice and springtails. These will break down waste and keep the terrarium clean. Well cleaner...

Foliage is just a few Fittonia cuttings and a couple of air plants glued to wood but I have some posh Bromeliads on order along with bamboo tubes.

I've just added three minuscule mourning geckos. They're about a month old and are just over an inch in length. The little plastic tub on the left contains their food.

What's interesting about about them is that they are all female. They don't need males to reproduce due to parthenogenesis a type of asexual reproduction.

Six to eight months from now I expect to start finding eggs.

Eventually they'll be going into the new tank build I mentioned elsewhere along with some other animals I want to try and breed.










I'm very impressed with the Arcadia Jungle Dawn lighting. Though I guess the proof of the pudding will be to see how well the plants grow.

Wildfisher

Never had anything like that, so no experience. Loos good though.

Jon

There's a bit of work to do The Bromeliads and mosses will smarten it up. I keep thinking of a palladarium. A small pool with small fish and shrimp in. Terrestrial amphibians on the ground and lower regions and arboreal reptiles like the mini geckos in the top. Obviously it needs a large and very deep enclosure.

Maintaining the correct humidity and heat for all species whilst keeping an enclosure that is pretty to look at will be a challenge. But we'll see. One day maybe....

Fishtales

I have seen pictures of these with different combinations over the years but never tried one. I liked the ones that were half water and half dry land with fish and amphibians and tropical plants on land and water plants that grew out of the water. I did try for a few years to get Cryptocoryne to flower, they grew like weeds in my tanks, by keeping the water in the tank at half mast :) They grew out of the water but never flowered :)
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Jon

They're easy enough to set up. If you fancy a project in the closed season check out this video. Just pay attention to how he treats so many stages delicately. There are good reasons for doing so. I picked this one just to show how small and simple they can be whilst looking great.

I'd add three or four cherry shrimp just to add some colour. But ulitmately your possibilities are endless depending on size and budget of course.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7N9WT-3E58


Wildfisher


Fishtales

Great video but that looks too much like hard work :)
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Jon

Quote from: Fishtales on October 06, 2023, 11:17:37 AMGreat video but that looks too much like hard work :)

Pfffft. That's quick and easy. I'll dig out some reef tank mega build vids another day. Though for the owners it seems more like a way of life than hobby to me.

When I were a lad big tanks were common. Now many people live in smaller homes it's all about nano set ups. It's been interesting to see the transition. People have also become a lot more interested in more natural looking setups and really taken an interest in hardscape and plants. Which I think is good for the animals overall.

Fishtales

I think I have seen it all, like clothes, wait long enough and your old clothes come back into fashion :)
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