I just formatted a new video featuring this setup to explain the Forest Floor terrarium concept. This is the short (~5:00) version video that I made using some clips that I had. I'll make a somewhat longer one with more detail sometime pretty soon.
That video is 5 minutes long, which is a long time for YouTube, but I didn't have much time to explain how everything works. I think I might use most of the same clips but cut them down less to make a longer more detailed video in two parts. I want to take some time to talk about livestock and plant selection too.
Really nice setup, I just love it. I really like that you didn't do the usual faux rock wall and throw some plants on it.
Thanks! Yeah I thought I figured out something different and I put a lot of effort into the idea, but nobody even notices it as such. I can tell you that there isn't anything out in nature really that looks like that standard viv construction with a vertical wall covered in eipiphytes, but I've had a number of people tell me that these setups that I make look wrong because there is no background. Oh well.
I got a couple pictures of one of the ghost mantises in there too. I'm still not keeping them in this enclosure; I still need to button it up a bit tighter. It has a loose plexiglass cover that I want to replace with glass.
I have a quick picture from a quick experimental setup in a 30 X High fish tank.
I don't know how long I might have this set up and I don't have any livestock ideas either. I might think about putting some frogs in here. I need to add some leaf litter to get it looking more natural.
Here it is again with names for most of the plants...
I sort of like this thing. Maybe I should just make it into a regular planted viv setup. What do you think? I could add some real thin manzanita branches to reach up from the bottom. This could be a good setup for a little group of Ranitomeya.