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Good vivarium plants

Hello all! I am interested in setting up a 20H vivarium sometime in the next few months and wanted suggestions as to plants to put in it. I was planning on a Calathea sp., but other suggestions - especially blooming suggestions - would be lovely. Thanks! (PS...do you solely add water through misting once or twice a day, or do you need to water the plants as well? Especially epiphytes like orchids and bromeliads?)
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If the soil is well drained members of Gesneriaceae are great viv candidates that bloom frequently. The most familiar, and most available, gesnariads would be african violets. Aescylus(sp?) is a genus of epyphitic gesnd. that are pretty common at big box garden centers. Tilandsias and Broms will bloom without much effort as well. The good thing about these is that you can keep them in an open air set-up.

Water bi-weekly and mist daily.
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Popping-in to keep tabs on recommendations. I am doing something similar in a 29g tank. Eventually it will be a crabitat for vampire crabs. I have a rough idea what the end result will look like, but still don't have much of a plan for what I will plant, aside from peacock fern, java fern, and java moss...and perhaps some lichen.

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If the soil is well drained members of Gesneriaceae are great viv candidates that bloom frequently. The most familiar, and most available, gesnariads would be african violets. Aescylus(sp?) is a genus of epyphitic gesnd. that are pretty common at big box garden centers.
Something I've wondered about the flowers available at any garden center is the pesticide issue. Don't most garden centers offer stuff that's been treated, assuming that people are placing them in an outdoor garden or keeping as a potted specimen? I'm guessing that wouldn't be compatible with little living critters. How does one find plants that aren't treated with pesticides/herbicides? Are they typically marked? I've never paid real close attention, since everything I've bought has been for outdoors (I can't do plants in the house -- aside from what's submerged in my aquariums -- because cats are jerks).

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