Originally Posted by aquanerd13
So should I mist or not? If so, how much?
Maybe and Depends. What do your plants need? What do your critters need?
Do your plants or animals need a high relative humidity? Misting is probably a good idea. Does your enclosure loose humidity quickly? Mist more often. If it doesn't, mist less often.
Do your plants need watered? large droplet misting is probably recommended, over fogging. Are your plants soggy and that's not a good thing? Cut back on the water (amount, timing, or use a finer mist).
What do your critters need to be happy? Do that.
Here's an example from my viv.
I need high relative humidity (spikes) a few times a day and I aim for 70% the rest of the time. I also have animals that will drink water droplets.
I experimented and found that fogging 4 times a day for an hour was too much, left everything too drippy all the time. I dropped it to AM/PM with a third time not quite in the middle. Still a little too wet. Then I cut my time in half (old timer, can't remember if that was 15 or 30 minutes). That kept my humidity in the optimum range with drops in RH in the middle of the day. Now I also hand mist in the morning or evening so the critters can get a drink.
Fine tuning this process is also why so many people recommend setting up the viv a couple months before getting animals. You can work out the kinks with the plants.
Another suggestion would be, find a build thread you like or most closely matches your goals and follow that.