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A lot of questions about a 20g terrarium

So I just took down my husband's really bad looking 20g terrarium. But I don't think I want to throw it away just yet. Let me see if I can make something attractive out of it for cheap.
I'm planning on maybe making it in to a shrimp tank. Haft terrarium half aquarium... a vivarium lol.

A working plant list:
HYDROCOTYLE VERTICILLATA
HYGROPHILA DIFFORMIS
LUDWIGIA ARCUATA
PERSICARIA HYDROPIPEROIDES
MOSS from a forest
JAVA MOSS
FERN

So I have a few questions.
Would NICREW LED light be enough. And I like to make the light be a few inches above the tank like 4"-6". What's the best way of going about that? If hanging would I be fine with just the 11" one or should I go for 20"?
Some of the plants I got come from the forest around here... sooo there are animals that came with them - bugs. Should I be worried? If so how do I go about killing them?
How do you keep moss alive? Lol always had a problem with forest moss.

That is all I can think of now... if you have any tips on keeping a terrarium on budget let me know.


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Not sure about the lighting but might be able to help with other questions.

Bugs - Some are beneficial in terrariums like springtails and Isopods. Others can be at best pests or at worse can be harmful. Ants and millipedes come to mind.

Moss - Moss likes bright light and high humidity and even then some are tough to grow. Sometimes it is best to start with spores an easy way to do this is take dried moss and crumple it up where you want it to grow.
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Not sure about the lighting but might be able to help with other questions.



Bugs - Some are beneficial in terrariums like springtails and Isopods. Others can be at best pests or at worse can be harmful. Ants and millipedes come to mind.



Moss - Moss likes bright light and high humidity and even then some are tough to grow. Sometimes it is best to start with spores an easy way to do this is take dried moss and crumple it up where you want it to grow.


I bet it helps but does the tank have to be closed? I think I want a few plants growing out of it.
There will be about 4-5 inches of water in the tank. Would the moss be happy with that?


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Much easier to maintain humidity with a closed top. I have seen open top systems that have moss growth but you never know how long they have been up and running. If you have water constantly running over the moss or do frequent enough misting you could probably make it work. I have a paludarium (if you want to see it check out the link in my signature) with around 8" of water and it is for the most part covered. I originally thought it would have enough humidity with hand misting that I would have a lush moss forest in it by now (been up and running for well over a year) but that hasn't happened yet (or at least not like I thought it would).

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Much easier to maintain humidity with a closed top. I have seen open top systems that have moss growth but you never know how long they have been up and running. If you have water constantly running over the moss or do frequent enough misting you could probably make it work. I have a paludarium (if you want to see it check out the link in my signature) with around 8" of water and it is for the most part covered. I originally thought it would have enough humidity with hand misting that I would have a lush moss forest in it by now (been up and running for well over a year) but that hasn't happened yet (or at least not like I thought it would).


I know it's hard... i have tried before. I wonder what the people do with wabi kusa balls. They seem to have green moss growing on it.
Right now I have a tight budget but maybe later on I can get a fogger (I got the cheap one now that it's just the plate that you put in water. Should work but I'm not sure how it will be with shrimp.) I seen one that looks like a humidifier and it's attached to a hose. I have an old lily pipe and maybe I can use that with the fogger.
I'll look at your tank

Btw. This is what it looks like now. Tomorrow I'll get the light and in a few days more aquatic plants



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Nice setup so far! With wabi kusa the ball basically works like a sponge and sucks up the moisture through capillary action. Seeing your set up your substrate might have a similar effect, what are you using for substrate in the land area? Also with wabi kusa most of the time they use saran wrap to keep humidity high until moss get established. Might want to do the same.

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