okay so i shopped around home depot, OSH, and a couple other places, and i havnt been able to find perlite. theyr always sold out or have huuuuge bags of it, but ill find some. what exactly is all this sphagnum business?? i see bags labeled "green moss". is this the non-live LFS that u are talking about? it looks like the stuff on most peoples pics. but it looks ugly.. my goal is to have a very attractive/natural terrarium, not just to grow plants. i got some peat (i think) and it says something about sphagnum moss peat?? WTF?? what is the deal with all this sphagnum shmagnum wagnum moss?? so what is one part perlite/ one part peat/ one part sphagnum anyways? is the sphagnum that brownish yellowish greenish mossish stuff? mann.. this is the hardest project of my life and i havnt even started.