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I have a 50g with about 3 inches of terra-lite with wire mesh seperating maybe 4-5 inches of cocobedding (glass top). There is usually quite a bit of condensation which I assume is normal. However, there is usually moisture around the terralite area and the soil is always wet. I have some pillow moss that's soaked too. So I'm thinking it's a drainage thing. Just wondering what's worked for you guys in this size tank. Do I have too much soil? I'm also thinking about starting some smaller tanks and attempting a false bottom for a pump waterfall.

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I can't speak from experience but I have read almost every post on this board.

Most people recommend using a mixed substrate that will promote more airflow. Adding something like orchid bark will do that.

Then of course there's also the option of watering less frequently or for shorter periods of time.

I'm sure some experts will chime in with some more advice.

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Is the soil muddy or just moist? Moist is ok, is there water in the driangae layer? You can use airline tubing or a turkey baster to suck out any excess water.
 

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It's not muddy, just very (consistantly) moist. I have a few kinds of moss growing so not too much of the soil is exposed. It's not so much water that their is actually a water level in the drainage layer, only quite a bit of condensation. I try to mist once a day, although with the level of humidity, it doesn't even look like I have to. I'm thinking about sectioning off a portion of the top and adding a small screened cover to allow for some airflow.

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