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Hermit Crab Vivarium w/ live plants, 101 gallons

Posted: Wed Jul 29, 2020 8:58 pm
by sugarselections
I was able to get the new vivarium set up earlier than anticipated. I love it and so do the crabs!

The tank is a 36" x 36" x 18" Exo Terra terrarium. There's 11" of coco fiber substrate with UV bulbs in the hoods and a Reptifogger above.

The plants on the substrate are planted in completely enclosed containers to keep them separate from the substrate because I rehydrate my coco fiber with diluted salt water. The plants include calathea freddie, snow white zebra plant, bird's nest fern, and monstera adansonii (narrow leaf form.) I cleaned and quarantined the plants after I got them. They are all from my favorite local greenhouse, which has been in business for over 120 years. Because potting soil is unsafe, I used a mixture of coco fiber and worm castings for planting.

Except for the manzanita centerpiece, practically everything changed as I was designing this project. I started with plan A and I'm at about plan Z now.


Here's a short video tour on YouTube: https://youtu.be/dpj5syb6ZM8

full view
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left side
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Mutsu in the calathea
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Kola on the manzanita
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left side
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Mutsu
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right side
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before the decor
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finalizing the mock-up on my work bench
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Re: Hermit Crab Vivarium w/ live plants, 101 gallons

Posted: Wed Jul 29, 2020 10:39 pm
by aussieJJDude
I think it turned out awesome. I love the plants you have in there! :)

Cslatheas are such a pain, and hate tap water. Be interesting to sed how they'll turn out in the tank. They so finicky!


How many crabs do you have in there Sugar?

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Re: Hermit Crab Vivarium w/ live plants, 101 gallons

Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 8:33 am
by Wlfwo
It turned out fantastic.

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Re: Hermit Crab Vivarium w/ live plants, 101 gallons

Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 2:45 pm
by Maddamay32
Everything looks beautiful, including your crabs! What a beautiful tank to have in your home

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Re: Hermit Crab Vivarium w/ live plants, 101 gallons

Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 6:23 pm
by Links
Inspiring!!!

Re: Hermit Crab Vivarium w/ live plants, 101 gallons

Posted: Fri Sep 11, 2020 10:53 pm
by sugarselections
aussieJJDude wrote:
Wed Jul 29, 2020 10:39 pm
I think it turned out awesome. I love the plants you have in there! :)

Calatheas are such a pain, and hate tap water. Be interesting to sed how they'll turn out in the tank. They so finicky!
Thanks! I think there will be a long adjustment period to find out which plants work the best for me and the crabs in this setting.

I recently removed the calathea and replaced it with a ribbon fern because if there is one thing this vivarium has taught me it's that hermit crabs love ferns. The calathea was very healthy, probably because the crabs didn't really care about it. They were too busy eating the entire birds nest fern and tearing apart the adansonii.

Re: Hermit Crab Vivarium w/ live plants, 101 gallons

Posted: Fri Sep 11, 2020 10:53 pm
by sugarselections
Wlfwo wrote:
Thu Jul 30, 2020 8:33 am
It turned out fantastic.

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Thanks!

Re: Hermit Crab Vivarium w/ live plants, 101 gallons

Posted: Fri Sep 11, 2020 10:55 pm
by sugarselections
Maddamay32 wrote:
Thu Jul 30, 2020 2:45 pm
Everything looks beautiful, including your crabs! What a beautiful tank to have in your home Image

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Thanks! The crabitat is in my home office where I spend most of the day so I get to appreciate it and watch the crabs' antics a lot.

Re: Hermit Crab Vivarium w/ live plants, 101 gallons

Posted: Fri Sep 11, 2020 10:56 pm
by sugarselections
Links wrote:
Thu Jul 30, 2020 6:23 pm
Inspiring!!!
Thanks!

Re: Hermit Crab Vivarium w/ live plants, 101 gallons

Posted: Sun Sep 13, 2020 12:08 am
by GotButterflies
WOW!!! This is so BEAUTIFUL!!! I love it!!! I love all of your live plants too!! I also have a green thumb, but not brave enough to put beloved plants in with my hermies! ;) LOL!!! I know they would DESTROY them!

Just out of curiosity, is there a reason why you don't aerate your pools?