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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-18-2012, 07:18 AM Thread Starter
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Hi,

I have recently been hooked into terrariums/vivariums, but have no idea where to start from, what would be a good starting set-up, for a college student.

I am mostly interested in carnivorous plants, a fog(mist)waterfall, or rain forest set up, if these are way out of my league, please do say so.

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Hi,

I have recently been hooked into terrariums/vivariums, but have no idea where to start from, what would be a good starting set-up, for a college student.

I am mostly interested in carnivorous plants, a fog(mist)waterfall, or rain forest set up, if these are way out of my league, please do say so.

Thanks
I did some quick reading and it sounds to me like it would be easier to do a rain forest with possibly a fog/mist waterfall than it would be to do a carnivorous plant habitat. Carnivorous plants tend to like acidic, rain or distilled water and from what I read it sounds like the minerals in tap water can eventually kill them.


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Are you planning to combine the plants with a water feature beyond the mist/waterfall feature or are you planning just that for your water feature?
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nothin's out of your league if you do the research and plan out patiently before hand Aside from that, you'll learn more and more from your experiences from one to the next, so get your hands dirty! Lots of great info here.
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thank you for your quick responses.

kamikazi: thank you, I had read about that, but did not understand what they ment about the water

Wy Renegade: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdxU12uciYU this is what got me going, and I would love something like that, I would also like to add an orchid, is that possible?

CannaBrain: the thing is my money is pretty much limited, so I need my project to succed as I can not go around just shopping some more.

(I hope i answered correctly, im new to forums)
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Hey,
I've put maybe about $130 into this setup, which is pretty terrible and I'm unhappy with at the moment if I must say, water features are a little difficult especially if they aren't set up right; things can get clogged or not flow right and I've set up a whole viv and had to tear it down to find the problem with the water to which I ended up tossing the idea of the water feature. But back to my setup, it was mainly for the terrarium kit itself, the fogger, the inhabitant and the substrate. Plants for this size didn't cost very much as there isn't much space for a whole bunch. They can cost quite a bit if you get the shipped.
If you use a fogger I'd recommend not using a reptile fogger as they get loud and tend to break. Instead maybe try a humidifier like you'd use if you're sick or what not.

Edit: and some orchids are pretty easy going I'd maybe recommend going over to dendroboard.com and drool over the vivs they have just like the fish tanks you'll see here.

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Drgonzo: it actually looks good .

Btw is using a medium fish tank bad?, because where I live, thats like the only kind of tank I could buy, and I am not very good at building stuff.
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Medium fish tank?

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umm sorry having translation problems

acuarium?

like umm 40 cm width x 1 meter long x 52cm height?
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Oh so how many gallons would it be around then? Like a 55 or 75?
The pic I have was of a 10 gal vert but you can make any aquarium into a vivarium.

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yes I would buy a tank from 40-55 (those dimensions where for 55 which is the biggest I can afford)

so it doesnt matter? it can be sideways and work well?
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Yeah it would work great. Wish I had the room or I'd have one too.

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