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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-30-2013, 07:53 PM Thread Starter
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Suggestions for preschool riparium?

I'm sure I could cross-reference a bunch of plants, but I'm hoping somebody has a link to a list somewhere of non-toxic plants for use in a rip/paludarium. Or maybe list a bunch that you know of (primarily common, please! - I'll be paying for this project from my own pocket). And I'll doublecheck anything anybody posts, so don't fear giving bad info.

I teach at a preschool, and it's a given that certain children will be putting pieces of these plants in their mouths. So it's obviously important that everything in there be 99.9% safe. Why 99.9? Because getting diarrhea after eating an entire plant is a natural consequence. And that's how we learn. But, please, nothing that could conceivably send a little person to the hospital.

Not sure how big, though I'm leaning toward a 20g high. I'm thinking 4-6" of water, with rocks and dirt, possibly MTS. Probably a mini-filter down in the corner on its side.

And that's how far I've gotten on it. I'll take any suggestions gratefully.
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1) Herbs
oregano, basil, mints, cilantro, parsley, lemon grass

2) Common riparium plants(some with calcium oxalate toxicity)
Spathes, spider plants, iresene, dieffenbachia, philodendron

3) Remember to have widely dispersed, full spectrum lighting

4) The following link might help
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Originally Posted by AirstoND View Post
2) Common riparium plants(some with calcium oxalate toxicity)
Spathes, spider plants, iresene, dieffenbachia, philodendron
Stay away from dieffenbachia - it can cause vomiting if eaten and might require a call to the poison control center and/or emergency room visit. Don't ask for details on how I learned that... some bad mommy memories there.
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Just an idea, get Exo-Terra tank, it can hold some water and you can put a lock on the doors.
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