04-27-2012, 04:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Redknee
Well first thing is to build a fake bottom where the water sits under the substrate so that the substrate is not soaked.
For that you need to use (most people use) "egg crate sheet", google it and look at the photos. What you do is cut a piece that is the exact size of your aquarium(L/l) and put it on the bottom. If you are going to mist the vivarium each day or often it is a good idea to suspend the egg crate sheet on a couple of pvc pipes(you basicly put a couple of pvc pipes under it to get it higher from the bottom of the vivarium).
Then you use fine mesh(fiberglass mesh) that you put on top of the egg crate sheet. Over that you put gravel, 3mm aquarium gravel is just fine, and over the gravel a layer of coco fiber potting soil. And you have your bottom.
It is a good idea to cut a hole in the egg crate sheet to put a pump inside(on the bottom of the vivarium) of it for water circulation and so you can change the water if needed.
For the walls you use polistiren that you cover in great stuff foam(or any other foam like it). Let the foam dry for 24 hours then completly cover the foam in silicone(aquarium grade) and then on the silicone you put a ton of coco fiber potting soil and let it dry for 24 hours. Then just use silicone to glue the walls to the inside of the vivarium(make sure you cut the polistiren to fir the inside of the vivarium!).
And that is the basis. Then just add plants that fit the vivarium(if you have high humidity use plants that enjoy high humidity and so on).
Plants that like high humidity are ferns, plants in the bromeliaceae family(very common in any plant shop), creeping fig ficus, orchids. Remember that bromeliaceae and orchids do NOT like to be planted in substrate, they are epiphytic plants. You cam make holes in the walls to put these kind of plants in or put them in pots with NO substrate around the roots.
You will need a mist sistem and even if I have a DIY one I really recommend using a Mist King sistem. Google it.
As fir the light you need the same light and "power" as for a planted aquarium.
If something is unclear go ahead and ask also ask any other questions you might have even if they sound dumb as dirt(I know I had my own and everyone does when they start in this hobby).
Wow thank you!
I looked up the egg crate things and found some great pictures on how to do that part.
So you are creating this raised layer of soil so that the water can go through the soil and not stay in one spot and become stagnant? It kind of works as a filtration system I would image right?
I am guessing/assuming you do weekly water changes to this tank?
So you literally just glued coco soil to the plastic that went on the walls? Fascinating.
I am assuming this is a closed top environment to keep the moisture in? What kind of lights are you using? 6500K?