Vivarium Troubleshooting: The Answer To Every Problem

Vivarium Troubleshooting

Do you need help troubleshooting your vivarium? This page outlines the basics of preventing and solving common issues. Learn how to diagnose problems, identify the type of vivarium, find solutions for common issues, clean and maintain your vivarium, and detect and fix problems. Read through our FAQ section to find answers to your most pressing questions. With this guide, you can easily find solutions to keep your vivarium in optimal condition.

Common Problems

This section on common problems offers an extensive look at topics, ranging from aquariums to terrariums. We give you professional advice on diagnosing, fixing, and maintaining your vivarium to get it back in perfect shape. Find out more about troubleshooting common vivarium problems here.


Are you looking for quick answers to your vivarium questions? This section offers an extensive archive of FAQs that can help you find the best solutions for your vivarium troubles. Find answers to common questions others have asked over time. Learn the essentials of vivarium care with our easy-to-read FAQs.

What are the layers in a terrarium?

There are typically 3 layers in a terrarium which usually include a layer of stones or gravel at the bottom (the drainage layer), a layer of soil mix (the substrate layer), and a layer of moss or other decorative elements at the top (the plant layer).

How do you make terrarium soil?

To make your own terrarium soil, you‘ll need equal parts of coco coir soil, sphagnum moss, coarse sand, and vermiculite or perlite. Mix the ingredients together and use them to fill your terrarium. Be sure to firm the soil into place and let it sit overnight so the soil can settle.

What soil is best for terrarium?

For best results, use a soil mixture that is two parts coco coir soil, one part sphagnum moss, and one part perlite or gravel.

Can terrariums survive in low light?

Yes, terrariums can survive in low light. However, without enough light, the plants in the terrariums may not grow as well. Make sure to provide your terrarium with indirect or diffused natural light from a window or adequate artificial light from a properly intensified lamp.

Do terrariums need grow lights?

No, terrariums just need adequate lights to maintain proper plant growth and health. Depending on the type of plants in the terrarium, you may need different types of terrarium lighting.

How do you light a terrarium?

To light a terrarium, you will need to use an artificial light source or a well-lit room from natural lighting. Ensure that you have a suitable light fitting that is close enough to your terrarium, and attach the light source to it. Adjust the distance of the light source and the timer settings to achieve the desired light cycle.

Are LED lights good for terrariums?

Yes, LED lights are a good option for terrariums. They provide ample light, are energy efficient, and give off minimal heat.

What kind of light do you use in a terrarium?

It depends on the type of plants or animals you have in your terrarium. Generally, some type of fluorescent bulb or fullspectrum LED lighting is recommended.

Where is the best place to put a terrarium?

The best place to put a terrarium is in a location where it will receive indirect sunlight and is away from any sources of direct heat or air conditioning. Make sure the terrarium is in a place where it is easy to access for maintenance.

Should terrariums be in direct sunlight?

No, terrariums should not be in direct sunlight. Direct sunlight is too intense and can overheat the terrarium and damage your plants. Place the terrarium in an area that receives indirect sunlight or bright artificial light instead.

How often should I water a terrarium?

Terrariums generally need to be watered once every 12 weeks. Be sure to check the soil and plants regularly to ensure that the soil is not overly dry or wet.

Why does a closed terrarium constantly need light?

Closed terrariums need light because the closed environment helps to maintain high humidity levels, and terrarium lights help to keep the plants thriving.

Why do terrariums smell?

The smell of a terrarium depends on its environment and the species of plants within it. In general, terrariums can have a slightly damp or musty smell due to water evaporating, and some plants can produce an odor. Making sure the terrarium is properly ventilated and adding an air freshener if necessary can help minimize any odors.

Why do terrariums fail?

Unsuitable environmental conditions can make it difficult for a terrarium to thrive. Without the right light, temperature, humidity, and water levels, terrariums can fail. Paying attention to these factors and providing the appropriate care for your terrarium is important for keeping it healthy.

Do you need a fan in a terrarium?

No, a fan is not necessary for a terrarium. Terrariums need to be properly ventilated, but generally, a fan is not necessary.

Do terrariums need special soil?

Yes, terrariums need soil that drains well and is nutrientrich. coco coir soil mixed with sand, vermiculite, or perlite is best.

Can a terrarium be self sustaining?

Yes, a terrarium can be selfsustaining if it is properly designed and maintained. A selfsustaining terrarium should include living plants, substrate, and bacteria, and should be kept in the right environment for the plants and bacteria to thrive. Additionally, the terrarium should be wellventilated to provide oxygen and humidity.

Why do you need charcoal in a terrarium?

Charcoal is used in terrariums to help keep the air clean and balanced. The charcoal absorbs toxins and odors and also helps to keep the terrarium environment healthy by providing essential minerals and maintaining a proper pH level.

Is tap water OK for terrarium?

Yes, tap water is generally safe to use for terrariums. Just make sure to remove any chlorine from the water before using it. Also, use a nitrate and phosphatefree water conditioner to help ensure your terrarium water is safe for your plants and animals.

How often should I open my closed terrarium?

You should open your closed terrarium every 23 weeks to allow air to circulate and prevent mold or fungus growth.



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