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I have a clay background and ive learned my lesson. Dont mist too much is causes clay to collapse. I discovered after my lights had turned off that a clay shelf had fallen on top of my other plants. It had a brom on it and my lamasi was in for the ride he was in the brom through the whole thing.

Point being DONT MIST YOU CLAY TOO MUCH!! I intend to let mine dry a little to hopefully rebond and not fall again.
 

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Ed pointed out to me that the microbes and plant roots need time to establish themselves to help the structure hold together, before you go and water the clay considerably---perhaps this is contributing to these 'collapses'. The obligatory time period for this to happen (whatever that is) is not considered and the clay is not sound b/c of the daily heavy misting.
Mine is still up going on four months (and hopefully will stay) with a big piece of wood sticking out of it and I just do spot sprays if it is needed for tads. No full tank misting whatsoever.
 

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yeah i think im going to let it dry some and only mist the plants in the spots that they are placed to hopefully avoid this again.
 

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A bromeliad full of water is a lot of stress on a small section of the background, particularly if the background is not well stabilized with roots etc.. Think of it as a short lever inserted into the background and then push down on it slowly.

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I had this happen and fortunately my frogs were ok. But once my plants rooted in and moss started growing. I full mist my tank for 30 seconds every other hour to keep humidity and simulate the rainy season and my clay background is holding strong :) so I think the lesson would be don't over mist until plants have time to root.
 

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Erosion on a small scale.... fascinating.
 
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