Setting up a terrarium

How do you set up a terrarium?

Here the first priority is the choice of animals you want to keep and what sort of habitat these animals need.

We make a basic distinction between rainforest and desert terrariums. But of course there are many subcategories within this rough classification. In a rainforest terrarium, for instance, it’s very important whether the animals live on the ground or in trees, and thus need climbing options.

For a desert terrarium, similarly, it is important whether the animals come from a sand desert and need fine sand or they live on hard desert ground and stones, like the popular leopard gecko does. Furthermore it’s important whether the animals are day, dusk or night active. This impacts on the temperature and the lighting.

Another type of terrarium is the so-called aquatic terrarium, also called paludarium. It is a combination terrarium, with a water part and a surface part.

You need to consider the following basic questions and act on the answers when setting up your terrarium:

  • Keeping of animals

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  • space requirements

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  • Substrate

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  • Environment

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  • Safety

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  • Light sources

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  • Heat demand

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  • Humidity

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  • Nutrition

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