The Ideal Vivarium: An Introduction
by, May 1st, 2012 at 10:29 AM (170 Views)
Planted vivariums have a long, rich history dating back to the 19th century. Early vivariums include the Wardian Cases developed by Dr. Ward, which were beautiful glass vivariums in various shapes and sizes. Many Wardian Cases are still in use today.
During the mid-1800s, as the relationship between oxygen, plants and animals became better understood, the concept of creating a “balanced” vivarium (particularly the aquarium at the time) took root. Unfortunately, today, many of those early advances in keeping plants and animals in a sustainable, healthy environment have been discarded for plastic plants, colored gravel, and cheap containers that end up creating a toxic environment for the plants and animals.
In this series of articles, we explore how to recreate a balanced vivarium for the plants and animals you wish to keep, with particular attention to function, control and design. We bring the vivarium into the 21st Century, showing you how to utilize current technology to create an enclosure that is sustainable and healthy, but also surprisingly easy to maintain.
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