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    OMG! its amazing.....where can we get those plants?? I never see them in the local stores.....BTW? What potting mix will you use for them? will all use the same cocofiber mix that you used to make the terrarium?
    The plants are a bit difficult to find!! The gesneriads and begonias i bought from Kartuz Greenhouses. The bromeliads came off ebay and one from a friend.
    I have some orchids to go in next that came from various sources. I have been planning this terrarium for about 3 months so i have been planning what to plant for a while!

    The potting mix is a basic houseplant mix. The coco fiber is just for the background only. I also topdress with NZ sphagnum moss for some of the epiphytes like orchids and bromeliads.

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    Looking very nice Peter, botanical garden quality... what would you estimate your total cost to be?

    (You should make this into a DIY webpage or at least a sticky)

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    Get yourself a nice wide serving platter or candy bowl for the water feature - bury it in the media in the bottom and then fill it part way with gravel. You can use larger flat stones around the top to give it a rim. Alternatively, you could get yourself some plexiglass and epoxy and cut a basin to fit, but that's a little more involved.
    The planting looks to be coming along nicely. What's that Tillandsia right square in the middle? I think I have one of those, but mine looks a lot shabbier.
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    That's Tillandsia xerographica! It is a striking plant and i had to have it once i saw it in another Vivarium set up.
    Thanks for all the nice comments. It's been fun setting it up.
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    Cool

    For those following my progress....
    Here is the latest pics on my terrarium. I've added more plants and have started the bottom substrate and waterfall.
    There's still more to plant and the bottom needs to be finished.

    Thanks,
    Peter.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/minicat...7594543191344/
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    It looks really good but are you sure that's enough light? It looks so dark.

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    It looks dark as i dialed down the exposure on my camera so that you could see inside. There is about 150 watts of high output T-5 flourescents which should be enough for the plants i've planted.
    The higher light plants are planted near the top.
    I probably won't have enough light though to grow most CP's, that's why you see mostly tropical miniatures and orchids.
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    Oh T-5's are the bomb man Are you using Tek-Lights? (After re-reading this, you might be a nerd if you get excited about flourescent lighting!)


    D. adelae would do well on the bottom if you add a little sphagnum on top of the clay pellets.

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