A hardscape is the foundational element within a vivarium that acts as a structure for the overall design to build off of. The material that makes up the section typically consist of either rocks and/or wood. The process of hardscaping an enclosure is usually with the intent to decorate but can have a tremendous impact on the environment, whether for better or worse. It should always be the first step in any design that aims to provide a realistic and healthy ecosystem.
When deciding on a hardscape material for a vivarium… Pay close attention to the influence that particular item will have on the environment. Aim for elements that will supplement ideal water parameters. Furthermore, some elements can be used to buffer others as well to obtain adequate PH or water hardness levels. Browse our complete list to find rocks or wood perfect for your specific terrarium or aquarium setup: