Finally, some work on the tank! The pump is in place and running. I started by adding some moss. It always looks kinda awkward to me at that stage, but it’s not so bad when I step back and take a look at the whole thing. I can hardly wait for the moss to fill in though. It’ll look MUCH better then. My vivarium plants have been living in small jar terrariums, awaiting this step.
After the moss, I started adding plants.
I have more lights ordered, but for now I just have the one going.
Neoregelia “Chiquita Linda” bromiliads on either side of the waterfall where I seeded some Riccia. I need to put some more Riccia in, but my goal is to have the entire background covered in moss and Riccia.
I added some small bits of riccia from the Jewel Orchid terrarium. These contain some small fern gametophyes as well.
Neoregelia “Chiquita Linda” bromiliads, Ficus villosa, Syngonium rayii, and fern moss.
Oak leaf ficus on the background. The fuzzy Ficus villosa in the foreground.
Ficus villosa and Syngonium rayii. The plants are a bit over-exposed, but the Syngonium rayii is a beautiful very dark velvety green.
I have multiple empty pots still. I have to figure out what to put in them. I think that’s a pretty good reason to order more plants!
Neoregelia “Chiquita Linda” bromiliads and fern moss.
This little vine is known as “Manuran’s mystery vine” on Dendroboard. I don’t know what it is, but it’s one of my favorites. A lot of this is new growth since I got it. Most of the leaves it had during shipping have died, but it really took off after that.
Marcgravia rectiflora is a really cool shingling plant. This little cutting should be really impressive once it starts climbing.
I used pins to hold things in place temporarily.
The water feature isn’t quite done. I’m not sure what it needs yet, but I’m not totally happy with it yet. It’s definitely better than before, because I wasn’t able to have the depth I wanted between the two “roots” in the smaller tank. The taller tank gives me a lot more to work with.
Live Sphagnum moss and “tropcal moss” from Blue Pumilio.
Another shot of “Manuran’s mystery vine”. You can kinda see the moss that piggy backed in on it. It’ll be interesting to see how that spreads.