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    Quote Originally Posted by requiemsong View Post
    The only time you find it, it is always with some chemical, food, nutrient or other.
    Sucks, doesn't it? I'm sure with enough looking you can find something.

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    I designed the tank with a small central vent at the bottom which kicks in when the water raises up to the 1" mark, thus removing water when it gets too much.
    Only one problem... if their roots grow into that one inch of waterlogged media they may rot. If they stay above, they'll be fine.

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    Like others have said, I would not recommend planting straight into the terrarium

    As far as LECA, I use APS, Aquatic Plant Soil, also known as Turface, which I understand to be a form of LECA. I use it in my Nep mix: 1/3 APS, 1/3 LFS chopped, and 1/3 Coco Chunks. I switched to this media about 5 months ago or so, and every single one of my neps improved. It's a very free draining, chunky and air mix. I'm definitely a fan of it now.

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    Yeah, Jefforever you have a point there... any ideas on getting around this? I really want to plant straight into the media. In other positions I wouldn't mind, but its in my office (the space where I write and work) so I wanted it to look nice. Also, glad to here about the mix. Think I might get it over here in WA? I will hit the hydro shops a little later on this afternoon and see if I can get my hands on some.

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    You know... neps don't need terrariums. But it really depends on the humidity you have in your office. It wouldn't look good, but you could put trays of water around.

    Maybe you could pot up the plant, put something under it that can raise it up off the bottom of the terrarium but let the water drip down into the tank. I think that's your best bet if you want it to look pretty.

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    You have a point there and I was just in the middle of adding an inverted pot beneath it and a catch tray at the bottom :P. Yeah, it's way too dry and hot here. I would be going through more water than I could. Like today, it's 42 degree c inside and I'm actually watching my cup of water vanish before me :P

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