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Old 06-29-2020, 08:13 PM
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Default Need suggestion on plants that love moisture + not a lot of light

I'm planning a large terrarium (may include darts in the future, don't know). It will contain several patches of moss.
I'm thinking Ferns, Pilea, Vanilla Orchid... I'll make sure I have the ability to plant some plants higher-up & closer to the light.
Just looking for suggestions on high moisture & lower light plants.
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Old 06-29-2020, 08:27 PM
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I'm planning a large terrarium (may include darts in the future, don't know). It will contain several patches of moss.
I'm thinking Ferns, Pilea, Vanilla Orchid... I'll make sure I have the ability to plant some plants higher-up & closer to the light.
Just looking for suggestions on high moisture & lower light plants.
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Anubias and Java Fern are two that come immediately to mind.
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Anubias and Java Fern are two that come immediately to mind.
Yes, I was thinking that as-well.
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Yes, I was thinking that as-well.
Many aquarium plants are actually marginal plants that in nature grow out of the water. Ludwigia, bacopa, pennywort, and rotala can also do well depending on the actual light levels involved. Clearly they can all take as much water as you want to throw at them. Pennywort at least can be a bit of a pest in a vivarium because it grows quickly and can take over. Similarly hydrocotyle tripartita will do the same.
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While it can be invasive, pothos fits your description and can be trained to grow where you want it. I no longer use it in my display tanks, but grow it as a houseplant to throw clippings into quarantine, or froglet growouts.

Another would be Monstera adansonii. Same as above in that it can become invasive if not kept in check, and can be trained. It is much less common than pothos though. It has "swiss cheese" leaves which are interesting. In lower light it takes on a much darker green appearance. Again I keep it as a houseplant now, but it is very vivarium suitable.

Both are very easy and bulletproof plants.
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Haven't tried it myself in a viv but I've wondered about dwarf mondo grass. From experience outdoors in FL - in the ground it's pretty darn slow to spread, and just due to its growth habit, also isn't a rambling climber. It's a ground cover, but would also do well I think in drip-wall planting pockets. With moss behind - hint hint.

Something to chew on - a happy pothos or monstera requires frequent heavy-handed maintenance. Sea World doesn't have a big enough tank. I've got a pothos in a viv about 32Lx24Dx24H. I'm in there about monthly with the shears. I fill a bathroom trash can - packed down, OK? - every time with the clippings. The only reason I keep it is, the resident snake really seems to like it. Great cover, and a good "water pump" to help keep up the humidity. Plant breath is sweet breath. Ha ha.
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Haven't tried it myself in a viv but I've wondered about dwarf mondo grass.
I have dwarf mondo grass in my viv. Its doing well and looks to be about to flower. I have decent light levels though around 50-70 par/ppfd where its located. I am not sure what it needs to live but what I'm giving it appears to be working.
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Something to chew on - a happy pothos or monstera requires frequent heavy-handed maintenance. Sea World doesn't have a big enough tank. I've got a pothos in a viv about 32Lx24Dx24H. I'm in there about monthly with the shears. I fill a bathroom trash can - packed down, OK? - every time with the clippings.
Thanks for painting a picture. The word "invasive" sometimes fails to capture what I mean to get across. Cheers.
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The word "invasive" sometimes fails to capture what I mean to get across.
Ha ha. Yeah. It's absolutely the right word. But sometimes people just pass right over a word; we don't really know the OP yet so I figured "let's play it safe here". He mentioned "large terrarium", and wanting some plants up near the light. I swear, give a pothos room to run & the conditions it wants ("terrarium") and, boy howdy, will it ever! The leaves get big as saucers, the stems get thick as your thumb, the aerial roots start popping out everywhere, and it's off to the races. Down Simba, down!!!
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