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Old 04-05-2019, 08:07 AM
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I have a exo terra 90x45x45cm terrarium
and trying to get the right plants is doing my head in
they grow to big or just die or do nothing
so I need help in getting the right plants
this is for a dart frog setup
so need a good list so I can look them up
and order them for once and for all
any help would be grate thanks
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Old 05-05-2019, 12:46 PM
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Are you providing lighting for the plants?
Generally most houseplants should grow in there, such as bromeliad, orchids, airplants and small potted ferns.
If they are dying off quickly then either the roots are too wet or they are not lit properly. Most houseplants do best kept in a bright sunny spot, such as a sunny windowsill, because they need the light to feed.
Most glass vivs are kept out of sunlight to avoid overheating.
Jungle Dawn lights from Arcadia are generally considered to be the best plant growth lamps for reptile and amphibian enclosures.
Try dartfrog.co.uk to get an idea of plants to use. I would buy them from a garden centre though as often Herp sites hike up the plant prices.
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I have two 22w jungle dawn lights plus uvb light
terrarium is not in the sun light
lights are on for 12 hours a day
get missed twice a day roots are not over wet
got a good drainage layer
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What substrate are you using? Plants need nutrients as well as using sunlight for photosynthesis. You may need to add some fertiliser to the substrate.
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What substrate are you using? Plants need nutrients as well as using sunlight for photosynthesis. You may need to add some fertiliser to the substrate.
the substrate I got from jenna at the jungle iver
which I renewed about 6 months ago
I have a good lot of springtails and wood lice in there
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the substrate I got from jenna at the jungle iver
which I renewed about 6 months ago
I have a good lot of springtails and wood lice in there
That may be the problem then. It's probably coir or similar, it certainly won't be plant compost. It may well be worth adding plant food, at least to begin with. Darts don't produce a lot of body waste so there's is very little to be broken down by springtails etc I to nutrients for the plants.
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don't like the sound of adding plant food
if I water the plants with added plant food
it will get on the frogs in some way
also it will go down to the drainage layer which in my set up
the dart frogs will get the plant food on them
as the water level in the drainage layer is made in to a pond in the front corner half way up the clay balls so its a no no with watering plant food
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don't like the sound of adding plant food
if I water the plants with added plant food
it will get on the frogs in some way
also it will go down to the drainage layer which in my set up
the dart frogs will get the plant food on them
as the water level in the drainage layer is made in to a pond in the front corner half way up the clay balls so its a no no with watering plant food
It sounds as if the roots are waterlogged. If I'm understanding what you've said rightly, you are creating a pond with water from the drainage layer. If that's the case, the only way to get enough water through the substrate to create the pool is to have the substrate waterlogged. That means there is no oxygen for the roots. The purpose of a drainage layer is to drain water away so the roots are not soaking wet.
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the substrate is not waterlogged
as the water level is below the substrate
and is only half way up in the clay balls
so the top half of the clay ball layer don't have water sitting in them
so the substrate is not sitting in the water
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so the substrate is damp and not waterlogged
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