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Old 04-20-2012, 11:50 PM
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I got a few new pictures of the 65G with the Hyla versicolor. The plants are looking good.

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It has been interesting to see the responses of those plants over time. A few of them are native Wisconsin plants, but they are doing just fine despite the lack of winter dormancy.
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Old 04-21-2012, 04:50 PM
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Here are a couple more pictures to show the plants.

I believe this to be Korean rock fern (Polystichum tsus-simense).

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And this is a Gallium bedstraw. This is a Wisconsin-native plant, but it has been growing fine in here without a winter cold dormancy.

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Old 04-21-2012, 09:47 PM
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short of roundup i dont think you can kill the gallium. even with roundup i have trouble controlling it. its almost as bad as canadian thistle.
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It looks nice in small doses though. We have it scattered around our yard and it's not really invasive.
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Mantises, like this Phyllocrania paradoxica ghost mantis, are excellent livestock choices for well-planted Forest Floor terrarium setups.

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There are a lot of great plants you could combine with this cool little bug.
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Hey! I recently signed up as a sponsor here with the Selva Terrarium product line.

I don't think there is anything like a sponsors news sub-forum here, but I hope to list one or two Dendroboard exclusive deals in Sponsor Classifieds sometime soon, so watch out for that.

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Hey thanks for the like jacobi!
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Very cool! So happy to see all your ideas, I've been more then please with everything I've ever ordered from you, Devin! I swear I'm not stalking you - following you from board to board you've just opened my eyes to so many cool things! I still plan to do the Forest Floor in my 20g now that it is empty but had to try my hand at building a GS/peat background - which I refuse to do in my acrylic tank! But the acrylic tank will be perfect for your system.

Keep up the awesome work and ideas -

For everyone else - Devin is wonderful to work with and puts out quality supplies, don't hesitate in ordering from him, you'll be very pleased!
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Thanks so much Duff! I really appreciate it.
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I got a few new plant pictures tonight.

The various dwarf gingers that I got in trade are doing great! These things are so easy to propagate. All you have to do is leave the cut canes on top of the substrate in high humidity, and right away they start to root and bud from the leaf nodes.

This one is NOID ginger. The original plant was only about 10" tall.

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I have been meaning to explain this soil mix that I use for the planters in the Forest Floor kits. It contains sphagnum peat, shredded sphagnum moss, clay gravel and a special cured orchid bark that lasts a lot longer than regular orchid fir bark.

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It works real well. It has very sharp drainage, but still retains moisture for plant roots. It is similar to ABG mix. I became fristrated with all of the extra dust that came with fine charcoal and shredded tree fern and that is why I formulated this more simple mix.
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I got a few new pictures of the 65G Hyla versicolor display that is over at the children's museum. The plants have grown in well. This setup is supposed to be a native Wisconsin biotope. It includes some true native plants, mainly ferns, and a few stand-in plants that look more or less like temperate woodland species.

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I've posted this picture around here and there, but here is a quick shot fo the planting in my 37G with the Avicularia metallica in there and names for the plants. I'm working on another better version of this photo...just need to get the glass and everything clean again and set up a couple of extra clamp lights.

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Quick selection of plant that I put into my 30 X High fish tank...

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It is a good thing that you can easily remove those pots - some of those plants get really big!
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It is a good thing that you can easily remove those pots - some of those plants get really big!
Yep that is one advantage of the movable/removable pots.

Some of those plants can grow big, but they are all easily controlled with pruning. Gingers are especially easy to manage this way. And you can also propagate gingers with the pruned canes--just put the canes horizontally on some moist substrate and they will start to root and sprout from each node.
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Very interesting tecnique
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I really like this idea! I have an online moss business but get lots of questions about plants in their vivs and terrariums and I will be sharing this with my customers!
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I really like this idea! I have an online moss business but get lots of questions about plants in their vivs and terrariums and I will be sharing this with my customers!
Thanks! I hope to have some more setup pictures on the way pretty soon. My plants have been growing well. The tarantula setup is looking especially good right now.
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I took a few hours today to cook up some more literature and other media. This is a ledger-size poster that I made for physical retail display...

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