today I just received my first terrarium .. an exo terra nano tall!! Quite excited
The tank seems well manufactured. So far for me the only negative thing of this tank is the black plastic vents and door support. With such small tank the black plastic obstructs the view of the inside quite a bit. At least for this tank they could use transparent plastic / Perspex so the visual impact of the vents will be less
I have experience with aquariums but about terrarium/vivarium I'm new.
I would like to set up the nano first as terrarium with nano orchids and other small plants and then introduce a preying mantis or a Brookesia micra ( need to check if is available/can have it in Australia)
I saw a couple of tank here that are similar to what I'd like to do but still have fundamental doubts about what to use to set up this tank.
1) I saw some thanks is "dry" whit only substrate an some other have water
I wouldn't mind to have a corner of the tank with some visible water .. even
if it will be a small corner so I can have some water plant. If i go with
water is a recirculating water pump a mast have? If I don;t install a pump
will I incur in molds and putrefaction? do to the size of the tank find a
commercial one may be challenging so I was thinking to use a car
windscreen pump ..
2) Full synthetic vs combo vs all natural ( not related to engine oil
few year ago ( probably more than 15
) when I was looking to set up a
terrarium i remember panel made with coconut fibers were used as
substrate or for the vertical wall. Now in my current research I found out
about EPIWEB and Hydrolon. so mu question i should I use all natural
substrate including drift wood/ brunches /bark/leaf litter or go fully synthetic
using expanding foam and Hydrolon ? I would like to understand the pros
and cons of the two solutions
3) Heater required?
I bought a 5 watt heater pad with regulator. i was thinking to put it under
the bottom to warm up the substrate or water and as consequence the tank(
I'm in Melbourne and winter here is mild). This should help to increase the
humidity in the tack as well. Good or bad?
Planning to use a UEETEK 11W LED lamp white light. I saw the are specific
"grow" LED lights but they are red and blue. Is it necessary to install one
of those grow light for the initial setup of the tank (~6 months)
5) Air movement
Planning to install a 4cm PC fan with a speed controller. Is it necessary or I
can avoid due to the exo terra front vents?
I'll use demineralized water for the mist. Should I add in the water every
some time any fertilizer in particular if I go full synthetic? or do I need to
use hard fertilizer capsule when I plant?
.. I'd like to avoid to start in the wrong way ..
Thanks in advance for your help