Have you ever kept a terrarium or vivarium with plants or animals

Suggested Animals for your Dry Terrarium, (with just a small water bowl)
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Desert based animals tend to be very active, and you can see this in their physiology with their palmate feet and small limbs enabling them to dance across the sand. When it comes to keeping these pets at home this means that you should provide as large a terrarium as you can afford in order to give them space to thrive.
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I'm going to be looking for a big jar this weekend. The link below is my inspiration and the reason I searched and found this thread. Apparently it's possible to keep a sealed terrarium going for a very long time. I'm guessing the 'animals' involved are very small like bacteria, protozoa, and maybe mites. It would be hard to strike a balance with larger bugs or animals. Fruit flies are an interesting idea. Probably safe to try...the worst that would happen is they'd die off...without eating up all the plants first. Having a terrarium with an animal or animals in it is an extremely rewarding little project
Photo provided by FlickrNov 13, 2005 - Has anyone ever tried putting animals, like maybe a frog, in a terrarium with carnivorous plants
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The dream of many amphibian and reptile hobbyists is to create a thriving, self-sustaining, maintenance-free ecosystem that houses both live plants and animals. With proper planning, it is possible to create a beautiful living terrarium that comes close to the dreamed self-sustaining system.Take the 15 gallon, add substrate (I've read pebble size substrate, then activated carbon on top to keep gas from decaying stuff from being a nuisance, followed by moss, followed by whatever substrate is appropriate for animals and plants in terrarium), add plants, add animals, put part screen/part plastic top on (to allow gas exchange without too much humidity loss), use flourescent gro-type light for plants, add small stream type water area in front (for fish and amphibians).But don’t worry; this work is not entirely left to you. A terrarium that has been set up for a few months should have healthy populations of beneficial bacteria that help take care of the waste. Additionally, other good microorganisms and small helpful invertebrates can be introduced into a terrarium by mixing leaf compost from outside into the soil or substrate. Unwanted organisms can also be introduced from leaf compost along with desirable ones, so consider the risks before going out and grabbing a handful of leaf mold to toss into a tank. Pests include slugs, snails, and other animals that eat plants and reproduce easily.If you’d like to have a terrarium but without having to take care of the plants or animals inside it, you can try making a faux one. For example, you could take an old lantern or a jar and decorate with faux moss, pinecones and a wooden mushroom. It doesn’t need water or light.{found on }.Enclosure size is the most common mistake made when keeping a community of reptiles and amphibians in a terrarium. It is important that all animals in the cage have room to have their own territory, hunt for food, regulate their body temperature, and otherwise behave normally without the threat of aggressive cage mates causing problems. Standard aquarium sizes are too small to accomplish this when multiple species are kept together, and the long, low rectangular shape most are manufactured in is rarely suitable for this purpose.There are two basic types of animal terrariums: Dry and wet. This is self-explanatory but it is important to note that dry terrariums are much easier to maintain so if you are a beginner to this hobby you should probably stick with them. And remember that dry doesn’t mean no water at all. You should always keep a small dish of water in the terrarium as a minimum regardless of what type of pet you are keeping.