Is it true there's a terrarium forum over here?
I had to get out of fishkeeping about 18 months ago due to my health (although I still keep up to date on research, writing and friends <3
Just the other day, though, I found a beautiful Sellaginella emmeliana that needs to be rehabilitated and brought it home. Having 3 aquariums on hand that I haven't sold yet (two 20 L, 1 standard 55), I was thinking of repurposing at least one of the 20 L's as a terrarium since it has a glass canopy and light anyway.
The Sellaginella's really outgrown the pot it was sold in and a lot of roots are seeking a more complete substrate for which I'd like to go hydroponic in order to avoid fungus gnats. Might anyone here at The Planted Tank have info on hydroponic substrates and set-ups, nutrients, feeding and when to restore substrates?
I've been looking around and it looks like this plant can be grown on everything from rocks and lava rocks to charcoal and other hydroponic substrates. I might include some driftwood for vertical interest. In many ways, Takashi Amano is still very much an influence in terms of composition and thinking beyond boundaries for what might be possible (for fishkeepers, he's been our Frank Lloyd Wright.)
Ideally, I'd like a terrarium (maybe 2) that are composed of the Sellaginella, ferns (likely dwarf varieties and it would be *wonderful* to plant a fishtail fern given that I'm transitioning from fishkeeping to plantkeeping), also epiphytes such as orchids and other "air" plants.
It would be nice to be able to incorporate some sort of water feature--either a misting system or some sort of miniature fountain to wend through the plantscape and give the scene a feeling of animation/motion.
I'm a long-time fan of The Planted Tank and the innovation of it's members so I'm really hoping it's true that you have a terrarium portion of the forum.
Thanks so much!