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Pico terrarium journal

It's still winter up here in Canada and I've been feeling restless these past few weeks. I had a 1 gallon 2 way betta tank lying around so I decided to make a few adjustments and ended up with this...

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I wanted a tiny exo-terra style terrarium but they don't make any in the sizes I want so I had to DIY. They're really easy to make with a few simple tools and materials. I have since trimmed the excess plastic off of the sliding rails.

I placed a hydroton layer at the bottom, a mesh sheet and some organic potting soil then got to work planting it with a few leftovers I had lying around. This is what I have so far:



I will be adding more plants soon - I really want an emersed HC carpet.

I'll post some more pics soon when I plant some other things in there!

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Quick update: added some hc cuba!



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That's nice. What critters are you going to put in there?
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Cant wait to see it fill out more
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Sorry for the lack of updates, just got back to town not too long ago. Not much update on the first terrarium, it's starting to settle in finally and the mosses are beginning to hold onto the wood.

I started another terrarium of the same style but a bit larger:



The inhabitants are quite shy (nocturnal) but I'll try to get some photos at some point. I'll leave a hint though, here are the remains of a midnight snack:




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Hc Cuba starting to fill in!


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you never said what lives in there. a frog I presume or something?
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I love the look. So natural, I might have to start something similar...
thanks for sharing!

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The inhabitants are quite shy (nocturnal) but I'll try to get some photos at some point. I'll leave a hint though, here are the remains of a midnight snack:
Hmmm. Cricket sucked dry, but not eaten. Too wet for tarantula... I'll guess Centipede.

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Both terrariums in this thread are inhabited, one by permanent residents and the other hasn't been fully stocked yet. Both are invert terrariums, they are too small to house even the smallest vertebrates IMO.

One resident is Geonemertes pelaensis, a terrestrial ribbon worm that eats insects. That is in the larger of the 2 terrariums. They're a pretty decent size, my largest specimen is about 5 inches.

The more recently updated terrarium with the dwarf HC is smaller- 1.5 gallons. I am waiting for it to warm up so I can find a nursery web spider but in the mean time it's got some dwarf white isopods and a small terrestrial flatworm Rhynchodemus sylvaticus that is common in dartfrog setups. They are predators as well and have eaten things as large as Phiddipus sp. and crab spiders in the past so hopefully I cam get away with a much larger Dolomedes sp. in there.


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pretty neato
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That puts the "ew" in kewl

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Picking inhabitants for small terrariums like these is always more difficult than aquariums IMO. Space restrictions aside, tiny ground covers like HC and mosses get trampled quite easily by heavier bodied creatures, many beetles burrow and will uproot your plants, etc. European and tropical Asian countries have many more options for neat inverts than we do here in North America. So from an already shallow pool of inverts I have to find something that I find interesting and won't damage the plants as they are the primary focus of these vivariums.

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The HC filled in so nicely.
Okay, so what is the taller plant is now on the right, and also the wood you are using standing upright? I think birch, or aspen maybe? Very interesting. And could the same look be achieved in a nano aquarium?

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The HC filled in so nicely.
Okay, so what is the taller plant is now on the right, and also the wood you are using standing upright? I think birch, or aspen maybe? Very interesting. And could the same look be achieved in a nano aquarium?
The taller plant is a crypt that I pulled from one of my aquariums - the species escapes me at the moment but I think it's getting too much light and as a result it's yellowing. I might remove it and replace it with something more permanent.

The wood is birch - I don't know how long it would last in an aquarium where it's constantly submerged.

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