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  1. 125G Rotten Log

    New setup!

    Dead fallen and standing trees support more biodiversity than any other kind of terrestrial habitat feature. This kind of theme, with incorporation of wood-decay fungi and dead wood-inhabiting along with plants and other livestock, is fertile ground for development of model ecosystems. I have been working on a new setup with a large half-rotten Ulmus log as the main feature along with various living inhabitants.

    For future projects, I intend to experiment with introduction of fungal mycelia as a wood destroyer with fresh log pieces, but for this display I instead added a Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) fungus already established on a sawdust growing block.

    The tank is 48" wide with an approximate 125-gallon volume. One of the lid panels has a pair of integrated electrosonic misters, vent holes and a wire port. A pair of 5v case fans provide air circulation. Lighting is a pair of economy LED strips.

    There are some interesting plant and animal inhabitants in this enclosure. I'll post again with more details. Stay tuned!

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  2. On 4/16/2020 at 6:07 PM, Arthroverts said:

    That is impressive! Very cool looking. What else do you keep in there, both plant and invertebrate-wise?

    Thanks for sharing,


    Thanks. My plan was for this setup to emulate a tree fall in a tropical forest with rotting wood habitat and some of the plants you would find in that kind of situation. This kind of habitat is always a good place to find insects and other invertebrates as well. I placed a particular emphasis on vining plants because many of these are characteristic of forest openings. There are also a lot of botanically-interesting vines to collect and grow. Here is a quick list with most of the plants in there...

    • Aristolochia macroura
    • Banisteriopsis caapi
    • Cissus antarctica
    • Ficus sagittata
    • Piper sintenense
    • Passiflora aurantica
    • Passiflora sanguinolenta

    Another thing I had in mind was for the terrarium to be relatively easy care. While these vining plants can grow pretty fast, it is easy to trim them back and every time I do I have cuttings for propagation of new plants.

    In addition to the B. fusca I also added Porcellio dilatatus, Porcellionides pruinosus and Trichorhina tomentosa. I also recently introduced a group of Hemiblabera tenebricosa. These seem to be compatible and OK with the Blaberus so far.

    I link some photos to show the basic set up. The soil substrate is just a shale gravel blended with orchid bark and charcoal over an egg crate false bottom.

    I also have some newer photos to show the planting more grown in and I'll try to upload + link some of those as well.





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  3. 65-gallon Planted Vivarium

    I've been meaning to start a journal thread for this project for a while...   This is a 65-gallon tank I have set up as a model ecosystem vivarium for Blaberus fusca and a few other invertebrates. There are also some pretty interesting plants in there.

    I'll explain this with some more detail later on, but in the meantime here's a quick Instagram video to share. Every time a female B. fusca nymph ecloses as a new adult, all the males go wild with the scent of pheromones in the tank.


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