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Old 11-28-2005, 12:19 AM
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help i have tried the terrarium road and failed very very badly. what is the difference between a terrarium and a vivarium is one easier? I started with a this layer of charchol then soil....... now i know of another base from then a screen between the base and the soil. from there i am clueless...... what plants water feature... ect. i have failed also very badly at orchids so i think if i put the two together maybe just maybe something beautiful will happen. i am desperate i dont fail witth plants very often but these have haunted me for the past 2 yrs. thank you to everyone who is able to help
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Old 11-28-2005, 05:10 PM
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a viv is just a terrarium with animals. A false bottom is a great way to start. There are many articles on how to do it, just keep at it.
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Old 11-29-2005, 10:56 PM
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Most successful vivs are kept with 80% humidity and are misted daily. This is done for the plants and animals(often frogs or animals that drink only dew drops). False bottoms achieve a separation of substrate from water, and keeps the soil from getting water logged. Another, and much simpler to me, way of achieving this is by using Leca and gravel of sufficient thickness to keep the soil moist but not wet. The soil should be able to wick water up, but not so much that it will be ever wet. As for Orchids, I can't help you much there. Many orchids are mounted epiphytically and therefore depend on regular misting and ventilation to stay hydrated, and to keep from getting root rot.
Water features, in my humble opinion are a good thing becuase they help you control the water level, if it gets too high you can suck some out straight from the water feature. A terrarium with no water feature can lead to water logged soil causing much plant devestation.

Hope this helps. What kind of plants did you try, and what were the conditions like in your failed attempts. Also, what are your standards? What do you consider a successful tank??
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