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ok so my first viv is almost done. i have carved the gs and am now ready to silicone coco fiber to it. i randomly pressed tree fern pots and pieces into the gs and there are lots of nice little nooks and crannies for plants. the problem is plants are what i know the very least about so i am here begging for suggestions and professional opinions on what plants i should use and where i should use them. its a 29 gallon tank. any help is greatly appeciated.


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If you want the simple route - pm Antone (frogtofall) and ask him to put you a package together.

What kind of lighting will you be dealing with? Is the tank completely sealed, or do you have a vent? Fan for increased air movement?

Neos are great viv broms. I always like to use those, along with Ficus pumilia for cover and a nice green background. Throw in some leaf litter, and sit back and let it grow in!
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as far as lighting goes two c.f. repti sun 5.0 bulbs. as far as the easy way out, good call i think i will pm antone thanks! anyone else though feel free to chime in i dont just want broms i would like a nice variety.
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Could you post a full-on frontal pic of the viv? Its easier to envision plantings that way. What kind of frogs are you thinking about?
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as far as frogs go- not sure yet. this will be my first viv and so these will be my first darts. i was thinking leucs because there is alot of up and down terrain in this viv. it is very 3-d so im going to stray away from anything too terrestrial. no azureus or terribilis( although i love the way they both look) i want something that will take advantage of every square inch of this tank. maybe some thumbs of some sort. open for suggestions on this as well. thanks!
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Not sure why the pic isnt showing up - sometimes it does this on the school computers. Its on the 9th page of my gallery.

A - Id personally go with a dwarf form of Alocasia. Basically a minature elephant ear. I have one in my leuc viv I got off of ebay, and it stays under 10 inches. The leucs love to hang out on its leaves, and it provides a cool shading effect.

B - Some kind of trailing/hanging plant. Maybe get some Ficus pumilia started up there and let it go crazy.

C and D - Look like they could use some ferns, maybe rabbit's foot or similar. ive also had some luck with ferns in the Nephrolepsis genus.

E and G - looks like they could do real well with some viv-friendly dwarf orchids. I skipped orchids in my first viv, and regret it. PM Rob (littlefrog) - he sells 'em!

F - Id do another fern, like in C and D. Make all three be the same species, but let F be a little bigger. Itll tie everything together.

H and I - various terrestrial plants, such as Peperomia, jewel orchids, Selaginella, Begonia, and plenty of leaf litter!

Around the stream/waterfall/pond, get some java moss started, as well as some emersed crypts, plants of that nature. Depending how humid the area around the waterfall is, maybe try some java moss.

To fill in the 'blank' areas, Just get some stoloniferous Neos and stick em in! Several of those and a couple of vining epiphytes would do nicely.

Im sure others will chime in. Good luck!
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thanks zach, i ended up going with your first suggestion and contacting antone. he is putting something together for me. as much work as has gone in to the viv im definately cool with someone taking the guesswork out of the plants for me! hopefully he will label everything for me so i know whats what.
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