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Hey folk, so I'm in the process of building my first vivarium. It's a rather large and ambitious project, roughly 50cm deep, 80cm across and 110cm high.

One of the things I want to do with it though is have some sort of horizontal or slanted branches crossing it at one or two levels with a lot of the broms, epiphytic orchids and the suchlike growing on those rather than concentrating everything on the back walls.

So, what I'm looking for though is some inspiration, there's plenty of photos of naturally occurring branches with epiphytes but I want to see what you folk are doing in your vivs.

What have yous done in yours like this or do you remember any beautiful vivs like that?

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Looking for and picking out plants for my viv’s is probably my favorite part of the process. If you are looking for inspiration I think the best advice to give would be to check out the many pages in ‘Members Frogs & Vivariums’. There have been more than a couple people that have done ‘epiphyte branches’, and many of us regularly mount epiphytes to sticks as well as the backgrounds and side walls of our enclosures.




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Looking for and picking out plants for my viv’s is probably my favorite part of the process. If you are looking for inspiration I think the best advice to give would be to check out the many pages in ‘Members Frogs & Vivariums’. There have been more than a couple people that have done ‘epiphyte branches’, and many of us regularly mount epiphytes to sticks as well as the backgrounds and side walls of our enclosures.




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Aye I already collect epiphytes, my plan is to keep it to a relatively small number of brom species (Catopsis morrenia, Neoregelia "fireball" and I'm thinking maybe Vriesea racinae), got a couple of mini orchids, and some pepperomias, but my plan is to keep it to multiple individuals of a few species.

I'll look through some more posts, I've been lurking this forum for years at this point but aye, somehow my searches aren't turning up as much as I'd hope.

I guess it's more I'm looking for ideas on how to place them in the viv for best effect, guess I'll buy pieces that I like and see how they fit in the space.
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For what it’s worth I attempted having vertical branches with epiphytes in my tank. I keep some moss, tillandsia and fireballs on them. Definitely keeps the bottom of the tank darker making it harder to grow plants in some places.


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I don't have any recent shots to show it planted, but here is a branch feature I made with Vivarium Works casting epoxy over a foam core and with Hygrolon glued in place as a planting surface...





Rather than using a branch with epiphytes in front of a regular vivarium background, think about designing it as the main feature in front of a black or open background. This will give you negative space in the layout and a much more dramatic effect.
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I don't have any recent shots to show it planted, but here is a branch feature I made with Vivarium Works casting epoxy over a foam core and with Hygrolon glued in place as a planting surface...





Rather than using a branch with epiphytes in front of a regular vivarium background, think about designing it as the main feature in front of a black or open background. This will give you negative space in the layout and a much more dramatic effect.
Eyy, that's a brilliant one, thanks!

I was thinking about the idea of epiphytes on branches and having the back darker/maybe a few Marcgravia and some moss, so thank you.

Or possibly trying to go a kinda...buttress root effect going across the back? Very dependent on if I can make one that doesn't look terrible though.

I might try and set it up so the back is a bit shaded and light is more concentrated towards the front and middle of the viv to give more of a "fade into the distance" look. With fishtanks my favoured background has always been just taping black bin bags to the back rather than anything photorealistic. Draw the attention to the content and build an idea of space rather than defining the bounds of the space.
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For what it’s worth I attempted having vertical branches with epiphytes in my tank. I keep some moss, tillandsia and fireballs on them. Definitely keeps the bottom of the tank darker making it harder to grow plants in some places.


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Thanks for that. What are those branches you're using there? I like the colour.
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I don't have photos of a vivarium but I made some photos in Costa Rica how Bromeliads attach to branches. Maybe it's useful.

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Here are some sections I have right now.. all are more vertically oriented but might still help.










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Seems crazy that this is the only pic I have saved that is a good example but this is all I could find.
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