Bantam.Earth

Ban·tam (adj.) small, tiny, miniature: Bantam.Earth is a Do-It-Yourself vivarium guide dedicated to the natural habitat of pets and custom enclosures designed to mimic their environments.

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Learn more about specific types of vivariums! Click on a vivarium that interests you, or find one that you own to learn more about it. 

Prior to publishing this guide, I did quite a bit of research on the actual term vivarium. Comparing literature found in textbooks with what ranked on a number of search engines of the word, sort of left me feeling like I needed to do my part in justifying a clearer answer to what they actually…

Aquariums are one of the most interesting ways to keep a vivarium. The idea of capturing a piece of the aquatic world will forever amaze me. Aquaria give us a front-row seat to the lifestyle of inhabitants far from our reach. Rather than venturing far from our comfortable, dry realm, simply take a stroll through…

Today we explore man’s miniature wonder garden… the terrarium! As usual, we’ll cover what they are, how to make one & the different types that can be established. These have become extremely popular lately for the simple fact that they’re easy to maintain, visually refreshing and fun to make! What Is a Terrarium? A terrarium,…

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Browse our growing list of vivarium plants! Click on a plant that interests you, or find plants that you own to learn more about it. 

Hornwort is one of the most popular aquarium plants and can be easily found in almost all stores. Its versatility and ability to tolerate wide ranges of conditions make this plant a common go to for beginners in the field. Hornwort is known for its fast-growing nature, serving as a safe hiding place for small…

For quite some time now, Philodendron Brasil have been used for indoor decoration. However, they are now beginning to be introduced to vivariums. Their very low maintenance requirements and vast versatility make them an almost ideal plant for a number of planted enclosures. Philodendrons can either be trained to climb up surfaces or simply be…

Weeping Moss (Vesicularia Ferriei) is a plant that has begun to really grow in popularity within recent years. Being a great alternative to Java moss, This plant’s unique branching style offers vivarium enthusiast an interesting take on freshwater aquariums. The caretaking and propagation of this moss are much like many other common aquatic mosses and…

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Check out our complete list of vivarium rocks & wood! Click on a hardscape that interests you, or find a driftwood, stone, or bark that you own to learn more about it. 

A popular type of rock formation found in nature is rock stratum. Being able to capture this look in a vivarium is challenging if you don’t know exactly what rocks naturally take on this type of development. This article will cover Strata Rock, an inherently eccentric sandstone that makes a suitable replica of the vertically…

You know that fizzy layer at the top of a two liter soda bottle when shake it up right before opening it?  That’s kind of what Pumice is to cooling Lava Rock. This stone has a multitude of uses in many industries but few may know its potential benefit to an ecosystem when used in…

Sandblasted Grapewood Branches are very common driftwood sold in the vivarium hobby. Although they are great for some enclosures, other types of vivariums might not be a suitable place for these kinds of woods. There is a fairly good reason you find these sticks in the reptile section of most pet stores and not the…

Do-It-Yourself with Bantam.Earth! Check out our wide variety of tutorials that explain how we build all things pet related. Our DIY archives utilize 3d printing, handcrafts & Arduino programming.

So the other day I was doing some grocery shopping when I stumbled across this bookshelf. I’m not sure exactly what came across me.. I saw the price.. The color and had an impulsive urge to take it. I felt like the bookshelf would make a good home to one of my many reptiles. That…

This part of the build was the most exciting for me. The concept of having an interchangeable sky system in my terrarium was terrifying and pioneering at the same time. What I wanted to do hadn’t really been done yet. Not only did I want to automate a realistic day and night setting for Edens.Bow……

With the tank now almost complete, we are ready to add Bluetooth capabilities to it so we can control the paludarium remotely. This is going to be a bit of a challenge explaining the app development in detail the way I have everything else. It’s my first time completing an app on my own so…