Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Yes I have seen Wastewater's setups and that is part of what motivated me to do this tank.
I suppose the most characteristic features of a Wardian case are the various angled glass panels with the ornate iron framework. You can plant a terrarium system in an enclosure like this well enough, but most of the ones that I have seen held potted and mounted plant specimens that made a nice display.
The red cedar is just very strongly aromatic. You can put pieces of a red cedar in a wardrobe to keep clothes moths out. I used it because I was able to find it for sale and because it is highly rot-resistant. But I then learned that the chemicals it releases also harm plants. You could try using some kind of hardwood board, such as oak. I think that oak or maple or birch would not have the same issues with volatile chemicals, but they would probably start to rot pretty fast in a humid enclosure. I have wondered about painting the red cedar with a waterproof enamel paint. Maybe that would keep the strong odor inside.