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    My family and I are starting a new Terrarium made from a 29 Gallon Fish Aqurium.
    What I have invisioned is a platform that is raised abou 8" from the bottom of the tank, and stretches about 75% the distance in length across the tank. This platform is where I would like to place my "land" inhabitors. I would like both animals (Anole, dart frog,or Chameleon) and plants (VFT, moss, and ferns).
    Under the platforn is a running stream that is pumped to the open side of the tank and replentished via water fall. In the Moving Stream I am looking to place some aquatic plants and possibly a few other creatures.
    I would love to hear what you have done with yours and possibly some pics. Sorry I don't have any pictures, mine is stilll well let's just say under construction.

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    Hi Dude,

    Thanks for Posting. I'm sure you will get many people who will be offering lots of advice and help.

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    the dart frog and chameleon would probably drown

    the vft need a dormancy.

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    If you mix animals with VFTs you're going to run into the problem of the critters triggering the traps to close if they run across them. In such a confined space, that's probably going to happen more often than it would in a more open, natural setting in the wild. Sometimes mixing CPs with critters isn't a good idea.

    Maybe some other folks here have done it successfully and can offer tips. Sounds like a neat set up though.

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    Oh yeah...and we have a forum devoted totally to Terrariums...you might want to search around in there too.



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    Hi Dude -

    I have a CP tank with the plants raised up out of the water - they sit in pots on a plastic grid supported by mini milk crates. It's more functional than a thing of beauty.

    In the bottom of the tank there is about 2 to 3 inches of water circulated by a submersible pump. The tank is lit fom above by two fluorescent light fixtures (4 bulbs). It can get hot in there so I crack the glass open about 1/2 inch on either side. The lowland Neps and Cephs do extemely well in there.

    The critters in there now are guppies and a fire bellied newt ("Smeagol"). There was also a fire bellied toad in there but he escaped last winter. After I water the plants from the top, the water gets all dark so I change it out afterwards. Also, I feed the newt worms (red wigglers) but only when I can watch since I don't want the worms creeping up into the plant pots.

    You might try to get some ideas from Black Jungle's website. I was at there store and their terrariums are really beautiful and naturalistic.

    WildBill

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    Thank you for the input. JustLikeAPill that's exactly what my wife said! So I like Wild Bill's idea of Fire Newts and Fire bellied Toads. That a way I can kinda control where the lil creatures can go,or at least where I can grow the CP's although I do love Chameleons the last thing I want to do is drown the lil guy. I am gonna look at the sites suggested and look around for ideas. Thanks

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    I havnt heard good things of the live things Black Jungle ships. Poor condtions and such. Can anyone support or debunk that assesment?
    that makes no logic

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    never ordered from there but you can get similar plants from Harry Whitmore at Cloud Jungle Epiphytes. he is a good guy to deal with. Jungle Supply(our wonderful host) also sell terrarium stuff so i would check there first. if Phil doesnt have what yah want, get in touch with Harry.
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