A couple vivarium questions
Hey all, new here with just a couple questions.
I really want to start up a vivarium/paludarium in this small reptile cage that I have. It's a zoo med terrarium, and its dimensions are 12x12x18. It is a sealed glass cage with I think around 3 inches of bottom until the glass meets the door.
I don't want a huge water section, I just want a tiny bit of water, maybe an inch or 2 inches, and then from the left corner I would like to have sortof a little waterfall that trickles down diagonally into the little pond section. I think it can easily be done with a small pump, but how will I be able to section the pump off from the dirt?
Since I'm on the dirt subject now, what will I be using so that it can co-mingle with the pond section? I haven't the slightest idea of what to use that will allow plant life to grow, but won't contaminate or suck up all of the water.
On to the inhabitants. I really just want to setup this vivarium for the plants, so what kind of cool plants can I keep? I was really looking for a tropical rainforest kind of thing, so I know I have to keep the humidity up pretty constant, but I'm ok with that. Also, will the cage get all of the heat from the light that I use? Sort of like reptile tanks get their heat from the kind of bulbs that are used?
Not sure if I'm missing anything... Please let me know! Thanks!