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Tried searching them, I know the answers are out there, but didn't have much luck (I got impatient after 15 minutes or so).

Just to make sure I am on the right page, for vivarium with a FB, most folks are just putting sphag and coconut fiber on top, correct? Will this provide enough nutrients to plants, or will I need to fertilize?

And a random question regarding misters and recycling water. Can I reuse the water that I drain from my tank (i.e. run it back into my mister reservoir)? I can foresee some potential problems with this, but feel like the various layers of a FB may filter out a lot of the "gunk." I doubt this is feasible, but thought I would ask.

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Originally Posted by ScottT1980
vivarium with a FB, most folks are just putting sphag and coconut fiber on top, correct?
Just those 2 components tend to get pretty waterlogged. Adding orchid bark will give you drainage.
If there are frogs in the tank, their poop is sufficent fertizer. Otherwise you may eventually need to add some. Organic emulsions are easy to use and will let you add frogs later.

You can reuse the water, but you will need a 200 micron filter* and probably a pre filter. Unlike an aquarium, where partial water changes are needed to deal with nitrogen build up, the high load of plants should deal with that in a viv. Still, most say they discard the drainage water and add new.

*Or whatever you mister specifies.
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