Ive been working hard on my first 24x18x24 Exo Terra for a pair of D. Azureus or Cobalts. I havent decided which species yet. Finally I am ready to lay down my hydroton and substrate mix and do some planting!!! I am looking for advice on where to place my plants in relation to light and if they like wetter or drier conditons.
My viv has a false bottom, four mesh baskets set in a GS Foam background, two water drippers on the center line of the background and on the right side a waterfall feature.
I will have the exo-terra canopy light system which I will have 2 26W Repti Glo 2.O compact bulbs, and one 26watt Repti Glo 5.0 compact bulb.
I am looking for some input on my plants, specifically their scientific names so I can research them more, or your personal experiences with these same plants. I know I will not be able to fit them all in this viv so I need to narrow it down a bit ( and build another one...I already would make some changes).
I will try and plant them so they leaves dont touch the glass to prevent rotting. I'm also thinking of planting the pots directly into the substrate to bind the roots and make it easier to move overgrown or sickly plants out easier and for ease of propagation. Kind of a bonsai philosophy approach so they dont over grow or tangle roots in the substrate. Has anyone found this to work?
Here is my viv and selected plants and my plans for them:
My first viv and more plants than can fit in it.
1. Crypthanthus, close to light in a well drained wall basket
2. Fern, well drained on floor area
3. Bromliad, unknown type, on floor area or wall...? well drained substrate
4. Philodendron??? How big could this guy get?
5. No idea here.... Anyone know?
6. Bromliad...unknown type. On floor area, well drained
7. Unknown creeper vine/fern....? Will this climb up if i plant it on the floor ?
8. Unknown ground cover
9. tillandsia...fix to cypress wood.
12. My girlfriends orchid I adopted
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