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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-19-2019, 04:43 AM Thread Starter
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First Time Planted Terrarium

Hello, I'm setting up a planted terrarium for the first time, which will be for a California Red-Sided Garter Snake. I'm using NeHerp's temperate substrate, and I chose to use Phyla nodiflora since this is native to the snake's habitat. I have two plants, which I placed in the terrarium on Wednesday. I know that I can expect some minor dieback as the plants acclimate to the terrarium, however as I've never done this before, I was hoping for some advice.

Here's how things currently look:

So, you can see that the rear plant has a couple bright green shoots, with a few that aren't looking so hot. The front plant looks more like the "bad" parts of the other plant. Should I be trimming away those drier bits so the plant can better establish itself? Or should I give it time to come around on its own?
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Ok, so my Nodiflora died. I decided to replace it instead with Dichondra, and at first everything seemed to be going well. Then at the end of the first week... Not so much.

Right now I have two plants. The one in front was added May 24. It USED to look like the one in back, which was added this past Wednesday. However as you can see, it's not doing so good. The decline was very sudden, as well.

I'm not entirely certain what's wrong.

Right now I have some humidity problems in the terrarium. During the day it's not too bad, sitting around 55% when the basking lamp kicks in. However at night once all the lights go off it's getting into the 70s. I've tried adding a fan blowing across the top of the enclosure screen to get some air circulation going, but that hasn't helped. The temperature seems to be in a good place (ranging from mid-70s to low-80s).

The first plant is still alive, but it could clearly be doing better. Are there any thoughts?
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I am having some trouble.. keeping my pants alive as well. As far as I can tell it is an oxygen and air flow problem.
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