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. 

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,…

Ant farms are, by far one of the most popular vivariums in the hobby. Many might not see a formicarium the same way they see an aquarium or terrarium… But those of us that are here for the sheer beauty of the ant empire, will appreciate this detailed guide of housing ant colonies! What Is a…

Let’s explore the marshy vivarium of both water and land.. the paludarium! We will cover what they are, how to make one & the many different types that are popular today. Of all the vivaria, this is probably my favorite one and the very cornerstone of why Bantam.Earth was started. What Is a Paludarium? A…

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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. 

Nothing brightens a vivarium like a flowering plant. And the Lipstick Plant can be a great choice to consider. Although not always seen growing in terrariums, this vine can be a reasonable addition many enclosures. Not only is it visually engaging to view, it is also very easy to care for. If you’re fortunate enough…

Nephrolepis Exaltata is a tropical species of sword fern in the Lomariopsidaceae family. It is most commonly known as Boston Fern and makes for a great indoor plant. For this particular reason, many hobbyists use it as an ornamental plant inside of their vivarium. Quick Stats: Scientific Name: Nephrolepis Exaltata Family: Lomariopsidaceae Common Names: Boston Fern,…

Maidenhair Fern is a very large group of plants thought are popular amongst many types of hobbyist. The Adiantum Sp. as a whole makes up for more than 200 individual types of ferns. Today’s article will cover Delta Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum Raddianum) because it is, in my opinion, the best version of Adiantum to use…

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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. 

Bamboo Wood is an up and coming hardscape material being considered more and more in vivariums nowadays. The recent surge in popularity with Asian style gardening has had a major influence on the vivarium niche lately. It only makes sense that a wood native to that region would grow in popularity as well. If you…

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…

River Rocks come in a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes. Figuring out if rather or not they’re suitable for an enclosure can be confusing. Regardless if you own a planted tank or saltwater aquarium, finding the right type of stones is very doable and can be essential to the longevity of your vivarium if…

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.

Looking to build a paludarium for yourself? Today I will explain how to build a paludarium like Edens.Bow! This 8-foot paludarium was originally a 55-gallon aquatic tank. It was being used as a saltwater aquarium. Everything appeared to be in good shape and working well. I broke it down completely and thoroughly cleaned and sterilized…

In this day and age LED lighting is the only type of lighting you should be using in your planted aquarium tanks. In comparison to traditional lighting, LED’s are far cheaper and safer to use. They last much longer than florescent bulbs and use 80% less electricity. LED lights are adjustable and come in just…

If you keep predatory fish like I do, you already know how time consuming and costly it can be buying feeder fish. Cramming your current aquarium full of feeders can also over crowd the tank, spike ammonia levels and cause tank-mates to stress out and get sick. Setting up an independent tank just for feeder…