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Carnivores terrarium

Posted: Sun May 22, 2022 7:46 pm
by WhitePanther93
So I’m planing on setting up a mostly carnivorous terrarium including an assortment of sundews, andVenus flytraps .
I have a couple of questions to ask here.

1)what other plants will do well in the kind of soil that carnivorous plants thrive in.
In my case it’s 1:1 peat moss and silica sand.

2) can I add springtails and isopods and make this bioactive,or would they make the soil too fertile?

Any input is welcome.

Re: Carnivores terrarium

Posted: Sun May 22, 2022 7:52 pm
by WhitePanther93
Some pics
The container is just a rimless 5 gallon aquarium
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The future inhabitants: including some still small sundew seedlings
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Re: Carnivores terrarium

Posted: Sun May 22, 2022 10:21 pm
by Sundews69
Spring tails should be fine, but I don't know about isopods. Venus flytraps will not do well long term in a terrarium. They need a winter dormancy to survive. They may survive for a year or two without dormancy, but not much longer than that. And make sure to only use sub tropical and tropical sundews. Temperate sundews will give you the same problem as the Venus flytrap.

Re: Carnivores terrarium

Posted: Sun May 22, 2022 10:39 pm
by WhitePanther93
Okay so hold off on Venus fly traps.

My sundews are d. Natalensis, nidiformis , and different variations of d. Capensis
Should be done there

What about non carnivorous plants? I’m looking for some good looking plants that can also survive in the same conditions as my sundews.

Re: Carnivores terrarium

Posted: Sun May 22, 2022 11:11 pm
by Sundews69
I have little to no knowledge about non carnivorous plants, but some philodendrons, anthurium, begonias, and air plants could do well. Just add some more ingredients to the soil such as orchids chips, coco coir, and tree fern fibre for the philodendrons, anthuriums, and begonias to increase drainage. If I were you, I would make a new thread to get other people's advice.

Re: Carnivores terrarium

Posted: Sun May 22, 2022 11:55 pm
by Bug_cemetery
Tropical Pinguicula could do well in a less peaty zone- you could consider adding a pumice or lava rock to grow them on. I’ve had difficulty finding non-carnivorous plants that can take the high light and humidity but won’t get too big.

Re: Carnivores terrarium

Posted: Mon May 23, 2022 5:29 pm
by specialkayme
Bug_cemetery wrote: Sun May 22, 2022 11:55 pm but won’t get too big.
Nothing a pair of scissors won't fix.

Live moss works well as a companion to sundews. I threw in a few of these ( ... ch_click=1) in a terrarium I made for a nepenthes and some cape sundews. Overall they do well. I trim them back every now and then when they get too bushy.

You could also throw in some smaller orchids. Not all orchids grow huge spikes like the kind you find in Home Depot. But type of orchids can run you down quite the rabbit hole . . .