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…

So many of you are interested in pushing the limits with your aquarium but aren’t quite ready for the responsibilities of a full-blown paludarium. A riparium might just be the perfect in between! This edition of vivarium types will explore the intimate details of riparia as well as demonstrate how to put on together. What…

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. 

Crystalwort (Riccia Fluitans) is one of my top favorite plants to add to an enclosure. It has a very mossy and vivid look that helps accentuate any tank. Most hobbyist, like myself, use Crystalwort either as a floating or carpeting plant. This plant is an excellent alternative to mosses like Java Moss. The fact that…

This definitive guide on peat moss (Sphagnum Moss) provides an in-depth look at the vivarium plant… Care tips, how to and propagation advice

When it comes to dressing up a vivarium, there is a wide variety of plants to choose from. Each species of plant has its own unique characteristics and care requirements which must be considered. The Rabbit Foot fern, for instance, is a low maintenance plant with a very unique appearance. For this reason, many hobbyists…

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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. 

When it comes to traditional vivarium rocks, Granite was the preferred look for many years. Most faux rock aquarium backgrounds find inspiration from coarse-grained rocks. The aged aesthetics, availability, and inert ability of this stone made many hobbyists consider very little alternatives without question. With a rise in popularity with much lighter weighted stones in…

Sandstone is a common rock used as vivarium rocks. They come in a range of different varieties depending on it’s origin. Figuring out which type is right for an aquarium can be difficult but hopefully, this guide will help understand a specific type that is great for your enclosure. The particular type this article will…

Spider Wood has been a relatively new type of driftwood used in aquascaping recently. With the amount of character this wood exhibits along with its colorful nature, one glance at it in a vivarium and you’d know why. The two most common questions we get asked about this driftwood is; What is it exactly and…

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.

After successfully building the paludarium controlled App, we can finally prepare the tank for life! Believe it or not, plants have been the most challenging part for me. Prior to this project, I have never done anything like this before. Even with the heavy amount of trial and error, I’m still excited to share with…

The only thing physically left to do with this tank is to bring it to life with ambient sounds of nature! This was a very important aspect for me. I feel like it truly puts the icing on the cake when you can put your ear to the tank and hear the sounds of the…

I have to admit something.. Stocking Edens.Bow with paludarium animals and watching them thrive, has been one of the most entertaining things I’ve done in a while. In the last post, we scaped the paludarium with plants. At this point, we should be ready to introduce inhabitants to the tank. Building A Multi-Species Paludarium Before we…