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30 Peninsula Terrarium

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This project was inspired by this thread...

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/ta...peninsula.html

I'm using a 30 High fish tank, which is sort of an awkward shape (24" wide X 12" deep X 24" tall) but it might be pretty good for the kinds of plants that I want to use.

I was able to work on it some today. I am using a false bottom that will leave a substantial void (~5") beneath, so I painted that deep on three sides of the tank...



Here's ventilation. This is an overpriced reef pancake fan, but it'll do. I covered both sides with a plastic mesh, but found it to impede air flow quite a lot. I removed it from the front but the mesh is still on the rear side...



This airline will run to the void space and help to ventilate the plant roots...



I'm using a real simple 24-watt hydroponics T5 strip...

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Just wondering, how beneficial is aerating the roots?

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It's important to have that airline in there. That false bottom is a plastic sheet, so the void area is loosely sealed all the way around. The plant roots need to breath.
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What kind of plants are you planning on using? Can't wait to see this. Your false bottoms are a very good idea.
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I'll try to post more pictures soon.

I am planning to use mainly true terrestrial plants. I have a few aroids in mind and I will also use some of these dwarf palms that I have on hand.
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Sounds neat can't wait for more pics.
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Here are a few more quick pictures. I just threw the plants and manzanita in there quick for an idea of how they would look. I am going to tear it all down and set it up again when I clear space for the permanent spot in the other room.





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I'm working on this thing again tonight maybe I will have pictures later on.
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Interesting project, I'll be following this topic.
Do you have any exprerience with Iridescent Blue Peacock Fern?
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Love how we are taking planted tanks to a different level, I think a well built terrarium is every bit as cool as a nice aquarium, I can't wait to see how this comes out, by the way the Schismatoglottis I got from you are getting huge and already have a couple plantlets each on them, I really want to get some true Borneo species now, the one (not the frosty kiss) is from the area but there are alot endemic to borneo, did you see the new IAS newsletter it had a great article on rock types in Borneo and the plants that grow on them, really got me psyched for my foam rock build, I have all next week off to work on it. (I got a couple Bakoa sp. as well they are just as cool as the piptospatha)

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Interesting project, I'll be following this topic.
Do you have any exprerience with Iridescent Blue Peacock Fern?
I do not know that plant. Have you ever grown it?

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Love how we are taking planted tanks to a different level, I think a well built terrarium is every bit as cool as a nice aquarium, I can't wait to see how this comes out, by the way the Schismatoglottis I got from you are getting huge and already have a couple plantlets each on them, I really want to get some true Borneo species now, the one (not the frosty kiss) is from the area but there are alot endemic to borneo, did you see the new IAS newsletter it had a great article on rock types in Borneo and the plants that grow on them, really got me psyched for my foam rock build, I have all next week off to work on it. (I got a couple Bakoa sp. as well they are just as cool as the piptospatha)

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Yeah I'd really like to get more Borneo plants. I want to try to submit a proposal to a zoo to see if they will let me set up a Borneo riparium as a (cheap) contractor. I think that a good concept would be to use plants that are more like taller rheophytes, such as certain palms, in riparium planters, and then have Bucephalandra and related plants growing on molded synthetic half-underwater rocks out in the midground. I think this would yield a good result.

I got this thing planted and set up with leaf litter.

This plant here is definitely one of my favorites Pinanga sp. "Thai mottled". It looks great in with the leaf litter.

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I have a few more sequence photos.

I pulled out a few plants because they were a bit crowded in there.



It's important to keep those holes covered, so I drop planter pots into the empty ones. I also put a plastic screen over top of them so they woldn't fill with leaf litter.

Here are these great mottled palms again. From the left they are I think Calyptocalyx hollrungii, Pinanga sp. "Thai mottled" and Calyptrocalyx pachystachys.



I mounted a couple manzanita branches woth a horizontal orientation and planted them with...nothing too fancy...a few dwarf Neoregelia.

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That looks awesome. What kind of creatures can you keep in a tank like that?
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Thanks! I haven't yet given much thought to livestock and I don't know if I will keep any in this setup or not.

I have pondered trying some Dendropsophus tree frogs or Geosesarma crabs.
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I do not know that plant. Have you ever grown it?
No never, I was just browsing the net for moss and fern and I came across that plant, it looks good though.
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