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Yearly flooding of vivarium?

Was watching the Discovery Channel (which is something I do most of my spare time ). Often during the rainy season (as if you could tell) parts of the forest become flooded. I was thinking about setting up a vivarium/planted aquarium that was almost empty half the year, and flooded the other half. During the "dry season" part of the vivarium would still have water in it, however during the rest of the year it would be practically full.



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what would be living in there?

I personally would not want to kill off my Moss and wait for it to grow back. Would be ugly in the mean time. I can tell you from experience with Vivariums that it not necessary. Maybe I just am not seeing the big picture point of it though. Is it something to do with cleansing the substrate, root system, etc?

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Simply to try something different and see what happens. I was thinking that some red mangroves would look awsome along with some schooling fish. The portion that has water 365 days a year would have regular aquatic plants. The other portion would have mangroves. Durring the "wet season" I'm sure many of the aquatic plants would grow up onto the higher terrain, and as long as the transition was fairly slow, some may even survive being out of the water (I know that my sword plants almost always were growing right up out of the aquarium). It would be interesting to watch fish swimming in an area that was previously land only a few weeks ago, and then return to the lower portion during the "dry season".

Living in arizona, it is interesting to see how some washes become rivers during the monsoon, and then become dry beds during the winter. I could try something like this, however desert plants do not enjoy being up to their leaves in water for more than a rainy day or two.
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I admit that this sounds like a very interesting idea. But, I would caution against it. Ma nature does a good job adjusting to change because there has been ample time for the mechanisms to be in place, prepared for the turmoil. It will be up to you to control these factors, and initiate "her" mechanisms....not an easy task, IMO. It's hard enough keeping a system stable, let alone intentionally stirring the pot, and hoping that you will continue to have a presentable vivarium.

Not trying to take the gem out of your doughnut - just a bit of caution for an intrepid hobbiest

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Your right about it not being as simple as it would appear. After doing some research, I will be able to decide whether or not the idea is feasble, and whether I want to continue. Until I am satisfied that I have enough information, it will remain strictly an idea.
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