I have a glass terrarium I’m looking to fill with fancy isopods. However, I’d like to find a local breeder or seller with good quality stock in the Portland, OR area. I’ve never kept before, but I’m interested in the trade. I have my terrarium set up to keep moss in a bioactive way. I’m concerned that it might not be the best enclosure for isopods because they may eat all of the moss, or it may be too humid and not ventilated well enough. The moss needs to stay very moist, and doesn’t need ventilation so I have a cork in the top of the enclosure. It is a large bell shaped dome, about 12″ in diameter, with a 4″ opening in the top. There is plenty of space within the dome, though it is filled with about 2″ of soil, with charcoal and rocks underneath and a mesh to keep them separated. Wild springtails came with the moss, though I’m uncertain if they are still alive. I maintain the enclosure about every 6 months to keep the moss short and to weed out any mold or wort that appears once in awhile. I think some isopods would help maintain this if I kept a slow growing breed, but they would need to appreciate moisture. I would of course add a dry hide and wood for them to chew on, and there are plenty of magnolias and oaks in my neighborhood, so I can collect additional food for them as well. The only thing I would need to buy is a calcium source.
Just saw Vivarium starring Imogen Poots and Jesse Eisenberg — spoiler alert — as a couple abducted by aliens.
Interesting concept. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Could do with a bit more of that descent to madness, a bit more fleshed out plot (like why are they forcing human couples to raise their babies only to become realtors?), but otherwise loved it. I love myself a self-contained, truly focused story. Standout performances from our creepy lil mutants a.k.a. the very talented Jonathan Aris, Senan Jennings, and Eanna Hardwicke.
I drew a miniature person in a vivarium, who eventually leaves its safety to traverse their world, not too dissimilar to the Little Prince (which I was intrigued at when I was in grade 9). I only managed to finish only one other drawing, the vivariums never fully realized and my drafts for the story was gone forever when I lost my old phone. I think from what I recall, I named them the Traveler, and and was technically the basis for the idea of the Amare, although they are more different in many ways than one. Perhaps there is a possibility these two to meet in the future? :)
not studyblr content but last week i got a frog! he's an 8 week old white's tree frog and my whole life is now about providing him the best care possible 😭 we're waiting on some plants and isopod/springtail cultures before building him a vivarium so he can have some more enrichment, and i'm doing a lot of research in between classes on cricket care so he eats the best food he can 😍😍 any frogblr suggestions are welcomed!
Still letting this vivarium grow in before I move Sunny in to it. The baby tears are spreading a lot! Haven't been able to get springtails to noticeably establish yet, but maybe they're down in the false bottom? I'll be trying isopods soonish. I can confirm microfauna survives in here, based on the tiny moths I keep having to shoo out. I guess they're just hatching in there?
Whenever leaves drop off of my non-vivarium plants or i thin out seedlings, i toss them in there to decompose on the bottom. Gotta get that bioactivity going. Here's what the tank looked like last time I posted it. Aside from various plant debris, there's mood moss and baby tears growing along the bottom. This is the first time I've had mood moss that didn't completely die in a month (but it did half die, and there's a weird flaky white fungus that keeps growing on it and necessitating me to throw some of it out). It's very... moody.
I move the light around every week or so to different spots of the tank so that everything gets a chance to grow. The baby tears just stretch out to reach wherever the light is, and the bromeliads lean one way or another depending on where the light is positioned at the time. The side closest to the door hasn't had a chance to get the light directly yet, so it looks a little sad comparatively.
Oh, also, I still need way more branches in there, and preferably sturdy ones. Sunny needs space to climb. I'll probably be adding more after pruning trees this spring.
Leucomelas tank update: moss. So much moss. That branch is just covered in it. The leftmost side of the tank has flame moss growing on the substrate, too- I did not intentionally plant that, so who knows where that came from.
There's also a fair bit of algae that keeps growing on the glass, rocks, and slower growing plants (like the cryptanthus). Not sure what to do about that- I'm just leaving it on the plants and wiping it off when it grows on the front glass. All of the bromeliads have multiple pups now.
The pilea and begonia are getting increasingly leggy and weird, and aggressively root on to everything (including branches and other plants), so I might be pulling them out soon- not sure.
I didn't really clean it up before photos this time, so I guess now you see what it looks like when I don't manicure all the plants, scrub the glass, pick up debris, etc first.
Added a pretty potted Lotus Vine to Badger’s viv! He approves of the new hidey spots under the cork round and behind the pot. I wanted to get rid of that fake vine but still wanted some cover so I decided on this one. I don’t have enough depth in the available space and the Pothos needs more water than the Lotus Vine so I’ll keep it potted until Badger gets a 40B.