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Old 02-18-2014, 05:46 PM   #1
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Hey all!

I just setup a vivarium for the first time about a month ago. I am LOVING IT so far. I have a few issues...but I am hoping this forum can help me with those.

Here are some pictures I wanted to share.

I would love to get feedback (including constructive criticism)!
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Old 02-18-2014, 07:19 PM   #2
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it's beautiful!
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Old 02-18-2014, 07:21 PM   #3
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it's beautiful!
Thank you! It's a little daunting as a first attempt, but I think it's coming along nicely.
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Old 02-18-2014, 07:22 PM   #4
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Looks great though those fiddler crabs may not be 100% plant friendly. Vampire crabs are a common choice. I keep darts in my vivs.

How about a FT shot?
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Also, can't tell in the side picture but make sure your Broms are at least at a 45 degree angle. The more upright the better! Keep the cups watered and you will have pups in no time!
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Haha, sorry, one more suggestion. Take out the carnivorous plants. They require a cold period to survive. You may bet a few months out of them but they will eventually rot form the high humidity and heat.

Overall the scape looks amazing. It just takes some time to work in the plants and let them fill in. If you would like some additional plant suggestions, let me know.
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Looks great though those fiddler crabs may not be 100% plant friendly. Vampire crabs are a common choice. I keep darts in my vivs.

How about a FT shot?
Thanks!

I used fiddler crabs because they are generally nice and get along with other things. I was afraid vampire crabs would eat my shrimp and would fight as they are very territorial.

Excuse my ignorance, but what is a FT shot?
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Also, can't tell in the side picture but make sure your Broms are at least at a 45 degree angle. The more upright the better! Keep the cups watered and you will have pups in no time!
I think most of them are at a 45 degree more more. I do know they can all hold water. Pretty sure one of them already has a tiny pup. I think I see a lot of trimming in my future. lol
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Haha, sorry, one more suggestion. Take out the carnivorous plants. They require a cold period to survive. You may bet a few months out of them but they will eventually rot form the high humidity and heat.

Overall the scape looks amazing. It just takes some time to work in the plants and let them fill in. If you would like some additional plant suggestions, let me know.
HAHA...no worries. The more suggestions the better.

I had heard conflicting stories about the carnivorous plants. I was told to give them a try, but I hate to kill plants. I might have to reevaluate those additions. Thank you for that suggestion!

I can't wait for things to fill in more. I have my ferns doing a good job, but the orchids are really gonna take months to establish themselves and start growing. There are a few more additions I am considering, but most of those were aquatic plants.
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Great, sounds like you are right on track! Vampires would probably go after the shrimp, but i never had much issues with them being territorial. FT shot is a full tank shot from the front (or main viewing point)

For aquatic plants, crypts would look great, or hygrophilia as it will grow emersed too! I have a friend who has a 75 gallon vivarium with darts and 100% emersed aquatic plants.

A personal favorite plan is ficus pumila. Its a nice vining plant that will help break up bare spots in the background. Crabs love to climb it as well.
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Great, sounds like you are right on track! Vampires would probably go after the shrimp, but i never had much issues with them being territorial. FT shot is a full tank shot from the front (or main viewing point)

For aquatic plants, crypts would look great, or hygrophilia as it will grow emersed too! I have a friend who has a 75 gallon vivarium with darts and 100% emersed aquatic plants.

A personal favorite plan is ficus pumila. Its a nice vining plant that will help break up bare spots in the background. Crabs love to climb it as well.
Okay...so I thought I posted a FT (learning) shot...but here are a few. I hope to take better ones soon.

As far as aquatic plants, I know I have to be careful because I don't have a substrate under the water for them to grow in. I just have the rocks. I was told that many plants actually need that substrate to survive. I do like the Hygrophilia thought!

That ficus pumila would look GREAT in my tank! Looks like the leaves stay small as well. I might have to look into that.

Keep the suggestions coming! lol

Also...if you know where I could post in this forum about high PH levels and a mold problem, that would be great!
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WOW looks awesome, what size is this tank?

As for the plants, most of the fast growing stem stuff will do fine without specialized substrate.

Ficus pumila also has an oak leaf variant that is even smaller, but grows really slow.
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WOW looks awesome, what size is this tank?

As for the plants, most of the fast growing stem stuff will do fine without specialized substrate.

Ficus pumila also has an oak leaf variant that is even smaller, but grows really slow.
THANKS! I am trying to make it work but the mold problems are KILLING ME!

The tank is 65 gallons. I created this profile if it helps. I tried to include all details, but probably left something out. http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/yo...=view&id=16770

The oak leaf Ficus pumila is AWESOME! I might have to consider that...even though it is slow growing. Although....I do like the varigation of the other one.
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For mold issues, get yourself a tropical springtail culture start and some isopods, like dwarf whites. They will keep the mold at bay.
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For mold issues, get yourself a tropical springtail culture start and some isopods, like dwarf whites. They will keep the mold at bay.
Excuse me for sounding stupid...but these are both bugs right? Will they crawl or fly out the tank if I have a glass lid with a few holes?
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