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.
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.
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No, terrariums do not need light 24/7. They should be exposed to light 10-12 hours per day.
You should not put toxic plants, rocks, animals, or waterlogged soil in a terrarium.
Terrariums stay alive by providing the conditions necessary for the plants and animals within to thrive, such as adequate light, water, and ventilation.
Terrariums can last indefinitely if they are properly cared for. Regular maintenance such as trimming dead leaves, providing adequate humidity, and checking for pests are important for a long-lasting terrarium.
You will need a terrarium container, substrate, plants, and decorations to create a terrarium. You may also need additional gravel, water, tools, moss, activated charcoal, and pest-control products, depending on what type of environment you want to create in your terrarium.
A terrarium is a sealed container that allows an enclosed environment in which plants can grow. It provides the necessary humidity and moisture for the terrestrial plants to thrive, and can also help to create air circulation to keep the plants healthy.
To disinfect plants in a vivarium, gently remove the plants and dip them in either a diluted hydrogen peroxide and water solution or a mixture of vinegar and water for about 30 seconds. Let the plants dry and then return them back to the vivarium. If you're unable to remove them, use a misting spray to gently mist plants.
Large rocks should not be put at the bottom of a terrarium. The bottom of a terrarium should be set up on a layer of gravel or any pebble-sized substrate. The larger rocks can be used as a decorative top layer.
No, a drainage layer is not typically needed for a vivarium. However, it may be beneficial to add a layer of water-absorbing material beneath the substrate to prevent excessive moisture buildup.
To keep a vivarium humid, use a humidity gauge to monitor the humidity levels. Increase humidity levels by misting the vivarium with a spray bottle and placing water dishes, plants, live moss, and other moisture-holding elements inside. Install a humidifier inside the vivarium if needed to maintain humidity levels in warmer climates.
High humidity in a vivarium can be caused by inadequate ventilation, over-watering, or other environmental factors such as temperature and exposure to sunlight. To lower the humidity in the vivarium, ensure it has adequate ventilation, and water only as needed, and adjust other environmental factors as needed.
It is likely due to high humidity levels combined with inadequate ventilation in your vivarium. To get rid of the mold, clean your vivarium with a solution of vinegar and water or hydrogen peroxide, reduce your vivarium's humidity level to below 70 %, and ensure that your vivarium has adequate air circulation.
To prevent root rot in a vivarium, be sure to use a soil mix that drains well and does not retain excess water. Keep the soil lightly moist and water with a spray bottle or dripping system on a regular basis. Monitor the temperature and humidity of the soil and be sure it is not too damp. Prune away any dead or decaying roots or plants to reduce the risk of root rot.
Many animals that are staples in bioactive terrariums (such as bearded dragons, leopard geckos, or dart frogs) can feed on mold, as can most insectivorous species. In addition, some species of isopods and springtails can consume mold and help keep it under control.
Bioactive tanks can sometimes have a slightly earthy smell if not cleaned properly, however generally speaking they should not have an unpleasant odor.
Yes, potting soil can be used in a vivarium, provided it has been sterilized. Before adding the soil to the vivarium, make sure it is thoroughly mixed with organic matter such as leaf litter and peat moss. In addition, the soil should be treated with an insecticide or fungicide to ensure it is free from diseases and pests.
A vivarium should be thoroughly cleaned every 4–6 weeks or as needed. This includes spot-cleaning any surfaces and removing uneaten food or waste. As part of the cleaning process, you should also check the temperature, humidity, and filtration system and make any necessary changes.
Examples of suitable animals for a bioactive vivarium include many species of reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates such as bearded dragons, leopard geckos, kingsnakes, corn snakes, dart frogs, tree frogs, chameleons, box turtles, and tortoises. Invertebrates including African giant millipedes, land hermit crabs, and many species of insects and spiders are also appropriate.
No, bugs are not necessary for a vivarium. Certain species of reptiles, amphibians, and other animals that live in vivariums may need insects as part of their diets, but they are not necessary for the vivarium itself.
The word "vivarium" comes from Latin, meaning "place of life", referring to a place to keep or study living organisms. It is used to refer to terrariums, aquariums, and other enclosures used to keep and observe plants and animals, oftentimes in a semi-natural habitat.
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