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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 02-12-2015, 03:48 PM Thread Starter
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crab/orchid viv borneo biotope

I am setting up this exo terra 18x18x24 tank for borneo miniature orchids and eventually geosesarma crabs. I am trying to create a biotope as closely as possible, with many different miniature orchids, mainly bulbophyllum and other borneo plants. The water area will be covered with bucephalandra and hopefully some other hard to find aroids. Maybe there will be a crypt or two, but no definite plans yet.

The tank will be warm and humid with temperatures ranging from 70-80F.

I've been building this tank for a while now and it's not quite done yet, but I wanted to share it to get feedback and also see what other members think would grow well in it.

This is how it sits today:


Close-up of the water area (ignore the screw, it'll be covered in roots/silicone):






There obviously is still some work to be done. I still need to get the lights, cut the top glass and add a ventilation screen. The background will first be covered with glue/peat moss and then hygrolon. In the top right behind the cork back with a hole in it, I will install a fan and I will hook the fan up to a speed controller.

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Nice build! Are you going to add some Nepenthes in there? Might be a tight fit, but I saw an interesting paper on how Geosesarmas kleptoparasitize the Nepenthes for protein snacks in their arms, stealing decomposing insects, and am fascinated by that relationship.

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Nice build! Are you going to add some Nepenthes in there? Might be a tight fit, but I saw an interesting paper on how Geosesarmas kleptoparasitize the Nepenthes for protein snacks in their arms, stealing decomposing insects, and am fascinated by that relationship.

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I was planning on having a nepenthes ampullaria (technically this plant lives with geosesarma mayalanum which is actually a family of crabs rather than a species, but they are really hard to source). However, I need to find a reliable way to provide nutrient poor conditions for the nepenthes while fertilizing all the orchids and epiphytes. If I find a way, or have a good idea then the idea was originally to incorporate a n. Ampullaria with them. We will see.also nepenthes can get large so that's another concern for this small of a foot print.
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Nice job, Hobbes. I'll hop in for this one.

Have you ever stumbled accross these guys: http://www.czplants.com ?
They carry a wide range of Neps, including smaller lowland species possibly suitable for a terrarium.
Highlands are unlikely to do well in a rainforest setup, but some of the lowlands might.

I've found hybrids to be a lot more tolerant in general, but pure breeds fascinate me to no end…

Looking forward to do some learning with your build!

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That's awesome! Another quality build. I still ogle at your other one .. https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...t=vampire+crab . I recently came across a 12x12x18 exo-terra for a good price. I intend to do something similar to raise crabs in and hope it's enough space. Thanks for sharing!
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Any updates on this tank? Would love to see how it is progressing.
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Me too!

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I love it. I like variety so I have not been able to stick with only one biotope plant. I am not sure how easy/hard it would be to find say, 5 miniature vivarium orchids from Borneo that all like the same light and heat. If you have had any experience with Bulbophylums, of course you know they stink, as their pollinators are flies.
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Hey sorry guys,

I've been gone a bit. I have some recent updates. So far bulbophyllum frostii and bulbophyllum pardalotum have bloomed, and neither is smelly. It should be ok, but I see new growth on all orchids, new shoots and new roots, so I think they are all happy.

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How it sat a couple of weeks ago. I'll get a more recent shot soon:




Also, I've got a bunch of miniature ferns in my collection that I'll probably add to the tank at some point to restructure some of the areas.
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This is excellent! You have a lot of cool plants in there. This reminds me of that awesome setup that Ricky Chawla made.
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nice! You obviously know what you are doing!
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I wish someone would just build me one so I can but it I am being lazy
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And that loose awesome
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wow really well done. it looks amazing.

any chance we can get a plant list and any other technical aspects of the tank (i.e. water features, misting system, etc.)?

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Stunning! Your lighting really highlights this set-up.

A very detailed biotope... and very pleasing to the eye.
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