Self Sustaining Vivarium

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Self Sustaining Vivarium

Postby TinyBear » Tue Nov 08, 2016 9:39 pm

Has anyone made one for their BTS? I'm thinking of making one as I have troubles maintaining humidity currently. I've done small vivariums for dart frogs and insects before but my BTS is about to be moved to a 60 gal and I've never done something on that large of a scale. In fact, I've not seen many non-aquatic vivariums above 20 or 40 gals.
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Re: Self Sustaining Vivarium

Postby alichamp » Sun Nov 13, 2016 5:04 pm

I'm sorry, I don't really know what you are referring to here or what you are asking... :oops:
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Re: Self Sustaining Vivarium

Postby TinyBear » Mon Nov 28, 2016 1:40 pm

A vivarium is a like a terrarium or aquarium in that it is an enclosed environment. In this case I would be using all natural materials to stimulate their environment. Real dirt/leaves for substrate, live plants, fresh running water. To make it self sustaining I would also add isopods or springtails (bugs) to eat waste and dead plant matter. Generally (or at least the ones I've built previously) they have very high humidity 80% or more. Check out these videos if you're interested in knowing more about them.

https://youtu.be/50MJWyhTkpU
https://youtu.be/JBiqCYbpkVQ
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Re: Self Sustaining Vivarium

Postby Edward » Thu Dec 22, 2016 8:16 am

Just curious if you ever did set up a vivarium for your BTS.
Many, many years ago I set one up for an IJ and it worked rather well. I used a huge (approximately 75 gallon glass aquarium) tank and had lots of moss, a few plants, soil, bark, an underground hide, large water dish, and lights. I never had to clean it as all the waste matter decomposed naturally. And the humidity was ideal for my BTS.
If you don't mind, perhaps you can post a picture or two of yours.
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