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.

How do you disinfect plants in a vivarium?

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.

Do you need a drainage layer for vivarium?

No, a drainage layer is not typically needed for a vivarium. However, it may be beneficial to add a layer of waterabsorbing material beneath the substrate to prevent excessive moisture buildup.

How do you keep a vivarium humid?

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 moistureholding elements inside. Install a humidifier inside the vivarium if needed to maintain humidity levels in warmer climates.

What causes high humidity in a vivarium?

High humidity in a vivarium can be caused by inadequate ventilation, overwatering, 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.

Do bioactive tanks smell?

Bioactive tanks can sometimes have a slightly earthy smell if not cleaned properly, however generally speaking they should not have an unpleasant odor.

Can you use potting soil in a vivarium?

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.

How often should you clean a vivarium?

A vivarium should be thoroughly cleaned every 46 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.

What animals can live in a bioactive vivarium?

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.

Do you need bugs for a vivarium?

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.

Why is it called vivarium?

The wordvivarium comes from Latin, meaningplace 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 seminatural habitat.

What do you keep in a vivarium?

A vivarium typically consists of a number of components, including substrate (bedding material such as sand or soil), ornaments (rocks, driftwood, and other decorations), plants, and any other necessary items to maintain the vivarium environment. Depending on the type of animals living in the vivarium, certain items such as heat mats, lights, and food containers may also be needed.

What is the difference between a vivarium and a terrarium?

The main difference between a vivarium and a terrarium is that a vivarium is used to house living animals, whereas a terrarium is primarily used to house plants. Vivariums typically include a heating and cooling system, while terrariums may not. Additionally, while terrariums can often be made with any type of container, the walls of a vivarium need to be quite thick to provide temperature regulation and maintain the correct environment for the animals living inside.

What lives in a vivarium?

A vivarium may house a variety of different living organisms, depending on the type of vivarium and the animals kept inside. Common vivarium inhabitants include reptiles, amphibians, and other small animals, such as turtles, lizards, frogs, and snakes. In some cases, fish, birds, and invertebrates may also be kept in various types f vivariums.

What is a vivarium?

A vivarium is an enclosed area, typically made of glass or other transparent material, used to keep and observe animals, plants, and/or other organisms. Commonly used for reptiles and other animals, vivariums can also be designed to grow plants in a controlled environment.



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