Videos uploaded by user “SerpaDesign”
All About Springtails - Care, Culturing, Seeding & More
Springtails (collembolla) are tiny white arthropods that are often incorporated into terrariums and vivariums. They are one of the key components to creating a bioactive setup. They also help combat and eliminate common terrarium problems such as mold and algae. Springtails are extremely easy to keep and culture. Although they are not necessary for terrariums, anyone who wants to get serious with their hobby should really consider culturing these little critters.
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Making a Bottle Terrarium + Closed Terrarium Basics
I have been wanting to make a terrarium in this bottle for months. I figured in this demonstration I would take the time to answer a lot of very common questions while simultaneously building this terrarium. As I explained in the video the goal of this terrarium is for it to literally be packed with plants. When it's grown in I want it to look like a ball of plants. Anyways I hope you enjoy this video and thanks for watching! Additionally here are the links from the video, if you can't access the cards for whatever reason: Tropical Substrate Mix: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmSr17J2jho&t=43s All About Springtails: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7UgKFtSjD0&t=177s
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Tropical (Animal Safe) Substrate Mix - Terrarium Tips
Welcome to Terrarium Tips. In this series (if you want to call it that) I will give you tips and insights on various things related to terrariums. This terrarium tip teaches you how to make a substrate that is suitable for tropical plants and that is safe for animals. It's more or less my take on a classic ABG mix. Leave a comment for a request on a future terrarium tip.
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How to Propagate Your Own Moss
So you want to know how to propagate your own moss for use in a terrarium or vivarium? Well this video should give you a good foundation to build off of. This was by far one of the most requested videos by all of you. I apologize for it taking so long, but I wanted to wait till it got warmer out to do this demonstration. If there are other topics you'd like me to cover, definitely let me know! I'm also on Instagram @serpadesign
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Naturalistic/Bioactive Crested Gecko Vivarium Build (Housing Henry)
This video explains how to took a 20 gallon long aquarium and transformed it into a naturalistic/bioactive vivarium for one of my Crested Geckos, Henry. This project has been in the works for a few months and has now come to fruition. I will say that it's a somewhat touchy subject on what tank size is appropriate for a Crested Gecko. Although bigger is always better, I strongly believe a 20 gallon setup is sufficient for Crested Geckos. The main requirement is the height. Anyways, there is no comparison between this setup and what Henry was previously housed in. Enjoy!
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Succulent & Cactus Substrate Mix - Terrarium Tips
Welcome to Terrarium Tips. In this series (if you want to call it that) I will give you tips and insights on various things related to terrariums. This terrarium tip teaches you how to make a substrate that is suitable for succulent and cactus plants. Leave a comment for a request on a future terrarium tip.
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Jumbo 5 Gallon Closed Terrarium Build
As requested by you guys, here is a larger terrarium! My goal with this one was to create a minimalistic design that really showcases the plants. I will make terrariums larger than this as well, I just need to find the containers. Below is some additional material that could help you build terrariums. Check out this video on closed terrarium basics. It elaborates on a lot of what was covered in this video and sets a good framework for the basics of closed terrariums, including the purpose of a false bottom, how the water cycle works, why charcoal should be used and more. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Lg4tzkHgVo This is an extensive video about springtails. It explains why they are beneficial for terrariums and how to culture them for personal use. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7UgKFtSjD0 Check out my channel for material similar to what you just saw. Also you can get project sneak peeks on Instagram @serpadesign
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The Venus Fly Trap Terrarium
It's time for another experiment, the Venus Fly Trap Terrarium! A lot of you have been asking me to do a carnivorous plant terrarium for some time and here's one of them. As I expressed in the video, the likelihood for success here really isn't all that high given the nature of these plants. However, I do think that if I play my cards right I can get this to work. Venus Fly Traps require very specific care requirements. I tried to cover the basics the best I could in this video, but if this is something that interests you, I highly recommend doing your research ahead of time (as you should with anything). I really didn't cover all that much, just enough to explain what I was doing. Also, I'm not an expert with these types of plants, but I tried my best to make a terrarium that I felt could sustain these plants. Lastly, as I said in the video, I will document the whole process (on video) and release a follow up video in early-mid spring. If we can this thing going long-term, I will follow up with a more in-depth video. I will also do a less experimental, tropical carnivorous plant terrarium at some point in the future. - If you are completely new to terrariums then I recommend checking out the lineup of videos I have linked below. It may seem daunting at first and you may initially fail, but if you keep at it, terrariums are pretty simple and really fun! That said, understanding the fundamentals is key and these videos will help you with that. From there, you should be able to take your skills and make something amazing! Closed Terrarium Basics: https://youtu.be/7Lg4tzkHgVo Terrarium Builds: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGPT1t4CqpfhCpZH56JQfJuF6SvxCMrHL If you have any comments, suggestions or questions, leave them down in the comments! For additional content like this, photos of my terrariums and animals, projects sneak peeks and more, follow me on Instagram @SerpaDesign. https://www.instagram.com/serpadesign/ If you want to support me and are looking for some gear to make your own terrariums, then check out the affiliate links below. Theses are the same tools you see me use in my build: Aquascaping Tool Set: https://amzn.to/2LZoutj My Go-To Tweezers: https://amzn.to/2na0LIQ
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Making a 0.8 Gallon NANO RIPARIUM
In this one we'll make a Nano Riparium! I'm sure you could consider it many other things, but I felt that “riparium” best describes what this is. For those of you who remember, I build the aquarium back in March. I tried to do a different riparium before this one, but I just wasn't feeling it, so the tank has just been sitting off to the side. With this one I wanted to go for a sort of bog/marsh look, alongside other riparian elements. Believe it or not a lot of plants will work in this type of setting. Just look for things that like soggy/wet soil or grow in or near bodies of water in nature (i.e. marginal plants). Most aquarium plants will also do really well in a setup like this, but you will most likely have to gradually acclimate them to the open air. If you want to learn more about this topic then stay tuned. I'm working on a fairly in-depth video about it. Anyways, enjoy this little side project and let me know what you think! For additional content like this, photos of my terrariums and animals, projects sneak peeks and more, follow me on Instagram @SerpaDesign. https://www.instagram.com/serpadesign.
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Making TINY Native Terrariums
I've been getting a fair amount of requests to make some tiny terrariums. Well... here's 5 of them. Enjoy! If you want more specifics on how I made these terrariums, check out How To Terrarium episode 3. It gives more specifics on making your own native terrariums. See the link below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6DnKCnlSxE&t=452s One Month Update: https://youtu.be/MxiOSAVa128?t=39s
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Make an Easy Drainable False Bottom (Aquarium to Viv Conversion pt.3B)
Welcome to part 3B of the 10 gallon aquarium to vivarium miniseries. In this episode I will show you how to make an easy drainable false bottom. This is a crucial element to the long term success and health of your vivarium. You could incorporate this technique with the drainage element of your preference (Leca, Gravel, Egg Crate, etc.) In retrospect I should have shown this drainable false bottom method first since the other is more complex. Regardless, I still wanted to share this one with you. Other Method: https://youtu.be/tETyqgG6gQQ
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5.5 Gallon Vivarium Build & Time Lapse
This is a time lapse that I made of a tank that I did for my girl friends birthday. I think that this tank turned out pretty good. Materials Used - Black Silicone - Great Stuff Foam - Coco Fiber - Large Stones - Weed Blocker Plants Used - Ficus pumila (Creeping Fig) - Begonia 'Little Darling' - Pilea involucrata (Moon Valley) - Selaginella martinsii (Jori Spikemoss) - Dischidia ruscifolia (Million Hearts) - Pilea microphylla 'Artillery' - Cryptanthus 'Cafe au lait' - Reindeer Moss (lichen) - Various Mosses ***Subscribe and watch in 1080p*** Had to change the original song due to copyright issues. Sorry for how loud the audio is, can't change the levels on it since it's not the original track. Song Used: Crate Digger by Gunnar Olsen
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Naturalistic Burrowing Scorpion Vivarium
So many of you have been hounding me to do a setup for an insect, arachnid, etc. for a long time and it's finally here! Today we'll set up a naturalistic vivarium for my brother's Tri-Color Burrowing Scorpion. She's a beautiful animal and needed an enclosure to match and that's why I'm here. If you are looking for a scorpion that's always going to be visible than this isn't the one for you. It will spend most of its time in its borrows. That said, it will come out to feed and soak in the water dish from time to time. Also, like I said, this is not a care guide. If this is an animal you want to keep, go and do your research! They're not difficult at all, but you want to make sure you know what you're getting yourself into. These scorpions tend to be quite defensive/aggressive. I don't personally keep scorpions, but my bet for a beginner would be an Emperor Scorpion (that's what my bro started with). They're pretty timid and much more receptive to handling. Anyways, maybe I'll keep some "bugs" of my own some day and do more setups like this. Also, my brother is trying to get more critters like this, so I'm sure he'll let me make more enclosure for him. If this is something you'd like to see again let me know down in the comments and I can definitely do so! If you have any comments, suggestions or questions, leave them down in the comments! For additional content like this, photos of my terrariums and animals, projects sneak peeks and more, follow me on Instagram @SerpaDesign. https://www.instagram.com/serpadesign/
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DIY Naturalistic Expanding Foam Vivarium Background (Aquarium to Viv Conversion pt.2A)
Welcome to Part 2A of the 10 gallon aquarium to vivarium miniseries. In this episode I will show you how to make one rendition of a Great Stuff (GS) Foam Naturalistic Background. As I implied in this video, I will show you how to make upwards of 10 different types of naturalistic vivarium backgrounds. I began with this one because they're relatively easy to make, look great and are cheap!
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Expanding the Animal Room... Again!
Ah yes... the animal room, my forever work in progress. Although I've always known what I want it to be, it's just one of those things where my vision constantly changes. I'm always adjusting and building things, which makes me wonder if it will ever be complete. Likely not, but I suppose that's one of the things that makes it fun! Originally I had no intent on doing a lot of the things seen in this video, but as I said, my vision changes. That was largely because I couldn't put the rack in it's original location and the issue with my goldfish. I also think this is a good example of what you can do with a small amount of space. This is just a tiny chunk of my entire room, but there's a lot going on. So if your trying to keep animals and such, you really don’t need a lot of room to have a nice setup. Just think it through and make sure that you can can still easily do maintenance. Also, as I said in the video, modular racks like this one are a great long-term option (especially if you're just starting out), since you can always adjust them down the road. Now I have a few questions for you: 1. What should I do with the stock pond long-term? As I said in the video I have some cool plan for it now, but I'm open to suggestions and stocking options. 2. What do you want to see me do with the 10 gallon aquariums? Like everything else, I have a plan in mind already for the one. I am open to suggestions with the other though. Also, if you use the code "BobMoss" on https://www.h2oplants.com/ you can get 10% off your first purchase. If you have any comments, suggestions or questions, leave them down in the comments! For additional content like this, photos of my terrariums and animals, projects sneak peeks and more, follow me on Instagram @SerpaDesign. https://www.instagram.com/serpadesign/
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All About Terrarium False Bottoms (Purpose & Methods)
The False Bottom (aka Drainage Layer or Riparian Layer) is arguably one of the most important aspects of a terrarium. This layer is the foundation of your terrarium. Strong foundations lead to strong results and weak foundations lead to weak results. That said, you typically see me use the Mesh Barrier False Bottom (w/ Window Screen Mesh). From personal experience I have found it to be one of, if not the best method. However, you DO NOT have to use this method. I understand that a lot of you don't have access to the materials that I use or want to try alternatives. This video expounds upon the methods that I have found to be the most successful. If you are resourceful you can alter these methods to you specific needs or limitations. As long as the principals and techniques are understood, then you are golden. Not only will your terrarium have a strong foundation, but you will as well! :) Keep in mind that there are pros and cons to every single method. So whichever False Bottom you choose to make is totally up to you. If you have any questions or topic you'd like me to cover in the future, let me know in the comments section below. If you liked this video, please give it a big thumbs up! You can also follow me @serpadesign on Instagram for more content like this.
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Make a Drainable False Bottom (Aquarium to Viv Conversion pt.3)
Welcome to part 3 of the 10 gallon aquarium to vivarium miniseries. In this episode I will show you how to make a drainable false bottom. This is a crucial element to the long term success and health of your vivarium. As implied in the video, there are many other ways that you could do this, but this rendition is by far my favorite for many reason. 1. It keeps your vivarium light. 2. It allows room for more water than any other method. 3. In the long term it is cheaper than other methods. 4. Aesthetically it looks the nicest, IMO. If this seems to complicated for you, check out this easy version: https://youtu.be/NqT9TLfD6u0
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The ULTIMATE Fire-Bellied Toad Paludarium
You have been asking and asking for years now... and it's finally here! Hopefully this build exceeds your expectations because I think it turned out really well. Although this is the first paludarium on the channel it will not be the last. Paludariums are awesome because they combine two of my favorite hobbies (aquariums and terrariums). The possibilities are endless, but this one is intended to highlight my Fire-Bellied Toads. As I expressed in the video, choosing plants can be easier than you probably think. The majority of plants sold as "aquarium plants" will actually grow quite well in an emerged (out of water), humid environment. In fact this is how they are usually grown before you get them, which is why they have to acclimate to your aquarium. As a result, most aquarium plants are a great choice for this type of setup. Terrestrial plants that grow in soggy soil or near wetlands in nature also work just as well. Do a little research on the plants and I'm sure you can find a batch that suit your taste/intended purpose. As I kept saying in the video, take your time! There are a ton of variables at play with a setup like this, so it's very important to make sure that your setup is not a logistical nightmare. Although fairly basic, I hope this paludarium gives you an idea of what's possible. Good luck! Check out the complete plant list below: Anubias barteri Anubias 'Golden Coin' Anubias lancifolia Anubias nana 'Petite' Cryptanthus nubicola Cryptanthus 'Red Star' Ficus pumila 'Quecifolia' Fittonia 'Red Vein' Java Fern Java Moss Kangaroo Fern Peperomia 'Ruby Cascade' Pilea involucrata Purple Waffle Plant Rabbit's Foot Fern Rattlesnake Fern Selaginella 'Fairy Plume' Sphagnum Moss Syngonium podophyllum 'Creamsicle' Variegated Acorus gramineus Variegated Pothos Wandering Jew 'Purple' Wandering Jew 'Bolivian' Water Wisteria I recommend the below videos if you're new to the channel: DIY Jungle Vines: https://youtu.be/ISy54oWgLIE?t=394 Terrarium Substrate: https://youtu.be/bmSr17J2jho Also, if you use the code "BobMoss" on https://www.h2oplants.com/ you can get 10% off your first purchase. If you have any comments, suggestions or questions, leave them down in the comments! For additional content like this, photos of my terrariums and animals, projects sneak peeks and more, follow me on Instagram @SerpaDesign. https://www.instagram.com/serpadesign/
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Vertical 10g Naturalistic Vivarium Build
This is the same vivarium from episode 2B and 3B of the vertical vivarium mini-series. This is not intended to be an inclusive guide on building a vivarium. This is simply an outline of the general principals and a look at my process. Obviously a lot of things I show are specific to this vivarium, but the methods can easily be adapted for you intended purpose. For more on building vivariums, check out this playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCnMiLnc_1g&list=PLGPT1t4CqpfieoohuiuDh5oVJUJSwt2Nz Also, follow me on Instagram @serpadesign for project updates and additional content.
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Make an AWESOME Terrarium for FREE!
Terrariums are great fun and I honestly think the world would be a better place if everyone would make one! I could list a number of reasons why I think this, but that's not the point of the video. I get a ton of comments and excuses from people as to why they can't make a terrarium. Some say that they don't want to kill any plants and others say that they don't have any money. My response generally is something like, “They don't cost much to make and are easy to maintain. You should create one.” That said, I don't believe in making excuses for anything and in this video, I wanted to take down the myth that terrariums are expensive to construct. In fact, you could make one for $0 if you are still on the fence. It should go without saying that there are a number of ways to make an effective terrarium. The methods that I show in this video are simply adaptations of what I find to be extremely effective. So if you have not yet jumped into the world of terrariums, now is your time! Seriously, go outside and get it done already... you'll thank me later. On a side note, if you're not good with plants or live in a temperate area, I recommend starting out with moss, liverwort and selaginella (spike moss), if you can find it. Mosses are in most cases bullet proof and work extremely well in terrariums. Also a lot of temperate plants just won't work in a terrarium. You may think you're doing something wrong, when in actuality it's the plants. Also, I'm not saying that you're guaranteed to have success the first time. If for whatever your first terrarium fails, don't be discouraged! It happens to a lot of people. The whole process is a beautiful learning experience, if you choose to embrace it. For additional content like this, projects sneak peeks and more, follow me on Instagram @SerpaDesign. https://www.instagram.com/serpadesign/
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Setting up a Naturalistic Kingsnake Enclosure
In this video I set up the 190 gallon (48x24x38”) plywood tank from the DIY build. If you haven't seen that video, check out the link below. DIY Plywood Reptile Enclosure (Large Version) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CJwisimp5o When creating this setup I really wanted to keep it functional, while also striving to create a natural aesthetic. That said I used a combination of live plants, common reptile supplies and ingenuity to create something which does exactly that. With all of this in mind there were some serious limitations at hand, most of which are discussed in the video itself. I'm sure I will get comments about it, so I will make a brief mention on bioactivity. Typically when we think natural, we think bioactive. In my opinion bioactivity is not the best option for a 6.5 foot long snake. Not to say that it can't be done, but it's just not as advantageous for an animal of this size. So if you're disappointed that I didn't set this up as a bioactive enclosure, I will discuss more about that in the “Behind the Build” for this set of videos. A final note that I will leave off on is that if you are new to reptiles and want to get a Kingsnake (my personal recommendation) you DO NOT need to make a set up this elaborate. Sure it looks nice and provides all of the necessary requirements for the well being of the snake, but it's simply over the top. I have kept Dean for over 10 years in setups with fake plants, common supplies, etc. and he never acted strange due to the lack of natural elements. If you want to do something like this, by all means do it. Just know that it's really not necessary unless you want something nice to look at other than the snake. As stated above, I will upload a final video about this build shortly. There's a lot that I didn't discuss in the DIY build and this setup video that dictated a lot of went down. Anyways enjoy the video! You can follow me on Instagram @serpadesign for project sneak peaks, updates and more content like this.
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Making a Blackwater Betta Aquarium
I've been talking about it for awhile now and here it is, my betta's new blackwater aquarium! Like I said in the video, at this current time the water is hardly tinted at all. So you could argue that it's not even a blackwater setup, but it does use all of the elements of a typical blackwater setup. That said, I will definitely tint the water more as time goes on. With this one I really wanted to make something that I knew the betta would like and benefit from. That's largely why I added the botanicals in the first place. They not only look cool and natural, but are really beneficial, especially to bettas. Bettas have delicate fins and if damaged can be easily infected. Leaf litter and other natural goodies will actually help combat this and most likely make it a non-issue. I honestly would like to see this become the standard with bettas because I know I've had issues with it in the past. I also think that people are finally warming up to tannins, which is great. I was very much a part of the camp who thought tannins made your tank look dirty and undesirable. I used to waste so much money on carbon and do relentless water changes just to remove them. I also used to dislike the aesthetic of leaf litter in vivariums. My perspective on both has changed though and I think that fishkeepers at large are really starting to warm up to them, which is great to see. Anyways, hopefully you enjoy this setup as much as betta does! Btw, in case you're wondering where I got the botanicals, check out the links below: Catappa Leaves: https://amzn.to/2UL7Ajz (affiliate link) Misc Botanicals from Enigma Pack: https://tanninaquatics.com/ (not sponsored) For additional content like this, photos of my terrariums and animals, projects sneak peeks and more, follow me on Instagram @SerpaDesign. https://www.instagram.com/serpadesign.
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Make a Closed Tropical Terrarium - How To Terrarium ep.2
This is the Second episode of How to Terrarium. In this episode, you will learn EVERYTHING you need to know in order to make a "natural looking" Closed Tropical terrarium. This video is long, but it explains things in depth; ie. what to buy, how to make your own soil, how to make a false bottom, etc. Eventually we will go over how to make a terrarium suitable for reptiles/amphibians. You could use the principles explained in this video, to create one on your own. However, some of the things done in this are not optimal for larger setups. *Difficultly Level: Beginner* A closed tropical terrarium is one of the easiest terrariums to care for. They require minimal watering and aren't demanding in other aspects either. Therefore, this project is perfect for beginners. Even still, don't get discouraged if yours doesn't work out right the first time, it takes practice and patience. A final thing to mention, is that your terrarium WILL mold. This always happens shortly after your enclosure is setup. It is very normal and will go away within a few weeks. As explained in this demonstration, Springtails will help speed up this process and can even prevent it in the first place. I also will be selling spring tails, tropical plants and other terrarium resources in the near future. If you are interested, let me know. Unfortunately the site where I got the tropical moss doesn't sell it anymore. You can use aquatic mosses such as Java Moss or Christmas Moss and tropical moss if you can find. One Month Update: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJDO-jhwtnc Three Month Update: https://youtu.be/Hjz6G-Mm-tc Six Month Update: https://youtu.be/MxiOSAVa128?t=19m54s One Year Update: https://youtu.be/a1R2QkWYKt8
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Make a Terrarium w/ Local Materials (Native Terrarium) - How To Terrarium ep.3
This is the Third episode of, How to Terrarium. In this episode, you will learn EVERYTHING you need to know in order to make an all natural Native Terrarium. We will call this a native terrarium because all of the items that it is made of are found locally or native to you. This video is long, but it explains things in depth. Eventually we will go over how to make terrariums suitable for reptiles/amphibians. You could use the principles explained in this video, to create one on your own. However, some of the things done in this are not optimal for larger setups. *Difficultly Level: Beginner* A closed native terrarium is pretty easy to care for and are cheap to make. They require minimal watering and aren't demanding in other aspects. The difficultly in this terrarium comes with making proper plant selections. Even still, don't get discouraged if yours doesn't work out right the first time, it takes practice and patience. A final thing to mention, is that your terrarium will likely mold. This usually happens shortly after your enclosure is first setup. It is very normal and will go away within a few weeks. 1 Month Update: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdgR9EzDj9E&t=1s 3 Month Update: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_d6qOhc37M 4 Month Update: https://youtu.be/MxiOSAVa128?t=12m53s
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Make a Cactus Terrarium - How To Terrarium ep. 4
This is the Fourth episode of, "How to Terrarium." In this episode, you will learn EVERYTHING you need to know in order to make an effective and natural-looking Cactus Terrarium. Cacti aren't typically plants that would be housed in a terrarium. Therefore, if there were a cactus terrarium, this is it! As mentioned in the video, although you may see cactus terrariums online that look cool, they might not be tailored to the cactus plant (as they should be). In this series we are trying to make effective terrariums that not only look good, but are well-suited to the plants and animals they house. *Difficultly Level: Beginner/Intermediate* Cactus terrariums are pretty easy to care for and maintain as cacti are low maintenance plants for the most part. The difficultly with this terrarium is finding the proper container. Remember to put this terrarium in a bright and warm location. Note: Visit this link for the substrate mix. See the One Month Update for this Terrarium: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNrch7Xd37E
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Make a Succulent Terrarium - How to Terrarium ep. 1
EVERYTHING that you need to know, in order to make a "natural looking" Succulent terrarium. This is the first episode of my series, "How to Terrarium with SerpaDesign". Each episode will be packed with loads of information. *Difficultly Level: Beginner/Intermediate* Succulent plants can be relatively difficult to keep alive, compared to other plants. Therefore, this project is in the Beginner to Intermediate range of difficulty. This video is long, but it will teach you how to make a Succulent terrarium, from start to finish. What to buy, how to make your own soil, how to make a false bottom, and the basics of how to care for your terrarium. Video Part Selection: Part 1 - Necessary Equipment 0:31 Part 2 - Mixing Your Soil 3:04 Part 3 - Making a False Bottom (optional) 5:26 Part 4 - Putting in Your Soil 7:06 Part 5 - Planting Your Succulents 8:25 Part 6 - Add the Finishing Touches 12:14 Part 7 - Watering Your Terrarium 16:26 Part 8 - Conclusion 17:10 Where to buy Succulents: http://joshsfrogs.com http://blackjungle.com http://glasshouseworks.com Good luck making your succulent terrarium and subscribe to see new episodes as soon as they are released! Thank you for watching! Music Credits: Song 1 “Helios” by Javier Polo Picasso https://soundcloud.com/javier-polo-picasso Song 2 “Life is a Miracle” by The Tinkerbell Effect https://soundcloud.com/thetinkerbelleffect Song 3 “fast2” by Unknown Song 4 “Old Pond [Original Acoustic Instrumental]” by Asher Isbrucker https://soundcloud.com/asher-isbrucker Songs 5 & 6 “La Encrucijada” & “Drema Away” by MickyBlues https://soundcloud.com/mickyblues Song 7 “Siphon” by Arpeggio Creative https://soundcloud.com/arpeggio-creative
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Making a Florence Flask Mossarium
This brief demonstration explains how I took a look-alike Florence Flask and turned it into a nice Mossarium. A mossarium is simply a terrarium that houses only moss. For additional content follow me @serpadesign on Instagram.
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Rescaping My Betta's 10 Gallon Riparium/Aquarium
My Betta was in need of a much needed rescape. As stated in the video, that was the plan all along. This was not intended to be a groundbreaking aquascape or an inclusive guide. This video simply illustrates how I designed a simple aquascape, with riparium elements, for my Twin Tail Half Moon Betta. I can't wait until the plants grow in and make this setup look even better. I will also be doing more aquascapes in the future. If you like this sort of thing, let me know what you'd like to see me do in the future. Want to know how I made the light for this aquarium? Check out this demonstration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onTMQ2dvLR4 See all of my other animals in the latest tour of my animal room: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BCGu2gakYs Follow me on Instragram @serpadesign for project updates and additional content!
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Putting Terrariums in a Terrarium's Terrarium (Terraception)
Yo dawg I herd you like terrariums so we put terrariums in yo terrarium's terrarium so you can terrarium while yo terrarium terrariums... or something like that! Sorry SerpaSquad I had to do it again lol. Don't expect to see that meme from me again any time soon. Anyways, a ton of you commented on the Terrarium in an Aquarium video that you wanted to see me put a terrarium in a terrarium and so on. There were other, similar suggestions, but this was the only one that I felt like doing right now. I kept it fairly simple overall, so that the focus stayed on the smaller terrariums and the inhabitants. On that I expect some comments on who I put in the terrarium. Isopods and Springtails are pretty standard, so there's not much to say about them. Millipedes are a great addition, that I've simply not really shown before. Snails on the other hand are a bit of an experiment, along with the uninvited ants. We'll see if either cause any issues, but I think it should be fine. ALSO, if you intend on adding these inhabitants into your terrariums, expect them to eat your plants! That's just what they do. My advice is to use a lot of moss and/or add some leaf litter to keep them preoccupied. For additional content like this, projects sneak peeks and more, follow me on Instagram @SerpaDesign.
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Naturalistic + Bioactive Crested Gecko Vivarium (Housing Henry 2.0)
Here we go again... another naturalistic/bioactive vivarium build! In this demonstration, I show you how I made a new and improved setup for my Crested Gecko, Henry. Henry was my first Crested Gecko and the reason why I like these little guys so much. I felt like I owe it to him and Crested Geckos at large, to make another video demonstrating how to set up a suitable vivarium. As I usually say, you do not need to make something this elaborate to keep a happy and healthy animal, but there's no reason not to! I'm making three more videos for this series, so if I didn't cover something in this video, chances are that I will in one of the others. I will say though that I have a fan and UVB lighting included in this setup (I know those will be two common questions). I'll expound upon these items in a later video. Understand that Crested Geckos are arboreal (spend most, if not all of their time in trees), so when creating a setup, design it in a way that accommodates this aspect of their habitat. Although this tank might not look like it just yet, when it grows in, it will very much mimic a dense canopy. You can't go wrong creating a setup that mimics an animal's natural habit. Good plant choices include large leafed plants and hardy plants that can take a beating. Do a little research and you can easily pick out a good selection. Something else I should mention is that this type of background can be done without making three panels. If you want to make a single background panel, follow the same procedure, but make it slightly larger than the width of the inside of your enclosure (roughly 1/8” wider). You could also create it outside of the enclosure like this and silicone it in place. This of course will attach it to the tank, but you could still get the benefits that come with making a background outside of the enclosure. If your wondering what tank this is, it's a DIY plywood enclosure that I made myself. If you want to learn how I made it, check out this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbbhz2XtX34 Below are some links that could be of use: Tropical (ABG) Substrate Mix: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmSr17J2jho Background Tutorials: https://youtu.be/cOb4uLQz-Dk?list=PLGPT1t4CqpfjjZtOScSnR-AmvX-ojvDqK Housing Henry 1.0: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFwpeg-gxSI Vertical Vivarium Series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCnMiLnc_1g&list=PLGPT1t4CqpfieoohuiuDh5oVJUJSwt2Nz Culture Your Own Springtails: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7UgKFtSjD0 You can follow me on Instagram @serpadesign for project sneak peaks, updates and more content like this.
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World's First Closed Terrarium in an Aquarium
Yo dawg I herd you like terrariums so we put a terrarium in yo aquarium so you can terrarium while you aquarium. Thanks for introduction Xzibit, now let's make the world's first closed terrarium in an aquarium! Many of you have requested this build and here it finally is. I really hope you enjoy it because I think it's some of my best work yet. For additional content like this, projects sneak peeks and more, follow me on Instagram @SerpaDesign. - Information on Sealing the Jar - In this demonstration, I used a jar that already comes with a gasket and it worked great. However, what if you can't get a hold of this jar or want to use something else? Well if your using a container that is sealed with a cork, you can simply use a “Rubber Stopper.” If you already have container with a lid and it's not leak proof, then you can use the DIY rubber gasket, shown in the video. If none of those options interest you, then you could also make a DIY Oogoo cap. If done properly, I have no doubt that it would work. More information on each item in the links below. Jar Used in the Video https://www.amzn.com/B075JR6H11 Example of Rubber Stoppers https://www.amzn.com/B00ES3UE9C Rubber for DIY Gasket https://www.lowes.com/pd/Plumb-Pak-6-in-Rubber-Washer/1082955 Learn How to Make an Oogoo Lid https://youtu.be/8IdOaN8GD14 I also recommend that you only use a glass jar. Silicone doesn't readily adhere to plastic, but it sure does work for glass! On that, any sort of 100% silicone (I usually use GE Silicone I) will work fine for this application. Also, you'll do best to stick with a plastic lid, if you're using something ready-made. Metal lids or anything that will contaminate the water column are not advised. -Plants- Below is a complete list of the plants used in this video. I know that many of you will ask where I get my plants. Most of the plants used in the terrarium were sourced locally. The aquarium plants on the other hand were purchased at a few local fish stores and given to yours truly by Justin at H2O Plants. I met up with Justin a few months back to build a terrarium. In return he gave me some of the awesome plants in this video, such as the Hygrophila polysperma 'Sunset' (which you most likely won't be able to obtain in the US, given the nature of this plant). Anyways check out the link below to see what plants he has (this isn't a sponsored video and he didn't ask me to plug this). https://www.h2oplants.com/ Anubias barteri 'Short & Sharp' Anubias nana 'Petite' Baby Tears Badge Moss Bolbitis heteroclita 'Difformis' Bucephalandra 'Arrogate Blue' Bucephalandra 'Wavy Green' Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Red' Dwarf Aquarium Lily Ficus pumila 'Quercifolia' Guppy Grass Hygrophila difformis Hygrophila polysperma 'Sunset' Hypnum Moss Java Fern Java Moss Marimo Moss Ball Pellia Sphagnum Moss Star Moss Thread Moss - What Happened to my Fish? - So I'll keep this brief, but basically here's what happened with my fish. A few months back when it started getting warmer I had to go on a business trip. Before doing so, I did the usual maintenance on all of my aquariums, but something was off with the ones that require warm water. That said, I also have two cold water setups, which weren't affected by this issue. Anyways, I noticed that water was coming out of tap with a lot of white particles in it or that's what it looked like at least. Unfortunately I couldn't find my test kit and I didn't have time to get one because I was leaving the day after. I was concerned for my fish, but I let the aquariums alone and hoped that the water just needed to clear up. The next day, which was the day I left, the aquariums looked perfectly clear. So I left for my trip, with some peace of mind. However, upon my return I was greeted by a betta and knife fish that had passed. Those were really the only two sensitive fish that I had and unfortunately they are now lost. It's sad, but it's a reality that comes with these hobbies. When I returned, I did maintenance again and nothing was wrong with the water this time. So once I got a chance to finally test it, nothing seemed out of the ordinary and I haven't had issues since. I trust my brother did take of the animals well, so I strongly believe that this was due to the water. I don't know if the township did something different with the water because of the weather change or if there was something up with my water heater, etc. If you've had this issue before, leave a comment about it below. I've never seen something like it before in the 11 years I've kept fish and they were seemingly healthy the days before my departure.
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DIY Concrete & Foam Background
In this demonstration I show you how to make a foam and concrete rocks background. This is a simple background to make and it's pretty cheap as well. However you won't be able to get the most realistic looking background with this method. This type of background is also quite versatile. It can be used in a vivarium or aquarium to name a few. Additionally these same principles can be used to make various decorations if applied correctly. You can use your imagination for that or I can show it in the future, but I'm only covering how to make a background in this video. This is a tried and true background method. I'm not sure who pioneered the idea, but people have been doing this for a really long time. The way that I create it in this video has worked well for me, but there are many ways to pull off a similar look. If you are looking to create a more realistic looking background, check out this video that I posted a few months back: https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=bnliXuYzlbg You can follow me on INSTAGRAM @SerpaDesign for project sneak peaks, updates and more content like this.
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DIY Hassle Free PVC Light Fixture (Vivarium, Terrarium, Aquarium, etc.)
Whether you keep fish, reptiles, amphibians or plants, light is a universal consideration. Trying to choose the right bulb or fixture is something that all of us do and often times it's quite expensive. I'm always working on budget as I'm sure many of you are, which means I must be resourceful. With that said, I aim to come up with plenty of DIY lighting solutions that are cheap, effective and in most cases easy to make. These PVC light fixtures are something that I came up with a few weeks ago. Each one only cost about $25 to make and are extremely easy to make at that. Plus it can be used on pretty much any type of setup with any kind of bulb.
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Aquarium to 10 Gallon Vertical Vivarium
Welcome back to another vivarium build! I can't say this is my favorite viv, but it looks much different than some of the others I've made over the years. This setup came with a lot of obstacles, but that allowed me to demonstrate new techniques that I haven’t shown yet. Of course you get a little update on the other two vivs from the conversion series as well, which are doing great. CAUTION: If you ever end up using super glue, make sure that it is completely dry and that all of the fumes have dissipated before adding any inhabitants. If you follow the rule of not adding the inhabitants for awhile, you should be in good shape. Below are some helpful links of things that I mentioned in this video: 10 Gallon Aquarium to Vivarium Conversion Playlist https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCnMiLnc_1g&list=PLGPT1t4CqpfieoohuiuDh5oVJUJSwt2Nz False Bottom Techniques - Egg Crate False Bottom https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tETyqgG6gQQ - Leca False Bottom https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqT9TLfD6u0 Naturalistic Background Tutorials - Expanding Foam BG https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svEB0eTe5Cg - Coco Fiber Liner BG https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIxlwAjbKfU - Realistic Concrete BG https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnliXuYzlbg All About Springtails https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7UgKFtSjD0 I think that's enough links for now! You can check out my channel for additional content or leave a comment on a topic you want me to cover or if you have any questions. I only answer questions 1-2 times a week, but I try to answer every comment. You can also follow me on Instagram @serpadesign
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DIY - How To Reseal An Aquarium
Ever want to buy an aquarium for pretty cheap, but it doesn't hold water? Or maybe you've had a tank for years and it needs resealed. Either way, knowing how to reseal an aquarium is a very useful skill for anyone who is into aquariums, herping, vivariums, etc. Believe it or not, its a very simple and cheap process. In this demonstration I will teach you how to reseal a 90 gallon aquarium. Good luck and subscribe for more DIYs coming soon! Thank you for watching!
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Can I Set Up a Vivarium for $75?
Welcome back to yet another vivarium build. This one focuses mainly on techniques that could help you reduce the overall cost of you project. That said, I feel like using the term “budget vivarium” is somewhat subjective. As I eluded to in the video, I could and do make vivariums MUCH cheaper than this on a regular basis because I buy things in bulk. However, I know the average hobbyist doesn't make as many setups as myself and buying things in bulk is more expensive upfront. Regardless, making a successful vivarium doesn't require a ton of money. Jefferey of Reptile Edge supplied me with the Rept-Viv Pro and $75 to set up this vivarium. Reptile Edge is a Canadian based reptile supply company. They sell reptile ledges, enclosures and much more. Check out the below links for more on Reptile Edge. Website: https://reptiledge.com/ Repti-Viv Pro: https://reptiledge.com/collections/terrarium/products/repti-viv-pro-arboreal-reptile-terrarium Like I said in the video, I'm not endorsing this product. I'm simply showcasing it and showing you how I built a decent budget vivarium within it. That said, overall I do think it's a solid enclosure. *Here are the list of items that I used to make this vivarium - Cork Bark, Coco Husk, Coco Fiber, Knitting Mesh, Plants (Cryptanthus 'Pink Star', Ficus pumila, Pilea 'Dark Mystery', Fittonia 'White Vein', Syngonium podophyllum 'Regina Red' ), Lumpwood Charcoal, Pea Pebbles (Gravel), Sphagnum Moss, Sand, 100% Silicone and Cork Tiles. I linked up all of the items that I could. Cork Tiles: https://www.hobbylobby.com/Crafts-Hobbies/Painting-Surfaces/Cork/12-x-12-Dark-Square-Cork-Tiles/p/28854 Knitting Mesh: https://www.hobbylobby.com/Yarn-Needle-Art/Needle-Arts/Plastic-Canvas/10-Count-Clear-Plastic-Canvas-Sheet/p/34722 Lump Wood Charcoal: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Royal-Oak-15-44-lb-100-All-Natural-Hardwood-Lump-Charcoal-198228021/206732872 Pea Pebbles (Gravel): https://www.homedepot.com/p/Vigoro-0-5-cu-ft-Pea-Pebbles-54255/202523000 Sand: https://www.lowes.com/pd/AKASHA-5-lb-Decorative-Sand/50190967 Silicone: https://www.homedepot.com/p/GE-All-Purpose-Silicone-I-10-1-oz-Clear-Window-and-Door-Caulk-GE012A-12C/100091111 Sphagnum Moss: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Mosser-Lee-432-cu-in-Sphagnum-Moss-110/202745057 *Also, I forgot to put the prices for my light in the video. Here are the links and price for it. Clamp Light: https://www.homedepot.com/p/HDX-75-Watt-Incandescent-Clamp-Light-with-5-1-2-in-Shade-HD-200PDQ/205139241 + Light Bulb: https://www.homedepot.com/p/EcoSmart-60-Watt-Equivalent-A19-Non-Dimmable-Basic-LED-Light-Bulb-Daylight-5cSA800STQ103/300411815 = $8.85 *Below are a few videos that could be of use: DIY Leaf Litter: https://youtu.be/urFpw43vDI0 Tropical (ABG) Substrate Mix: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmSr17J2jho Background Tutorials: https://youtu.be/cOb4uLQz-Dk?list=PLGPT1t4CqpfjjZtOScSnR-AmvX-ojvDqK Vertical Vivarium Series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCnMiLnc_1g&list=PLGPT1t4CqpfieoohuiuDh5oVJUJSwt2Nz You can follow me on Instagram @serpadesign for project sneak peaks, updates and more content like this.
Views: 135765 SerpaDesign
AWESOME Zebra Stone Aquascape
A lot of you have been wanting aquascapes... so here's one! This is a scape that I've been talking about for the past two videos, so I'm excited to finally release it! I think it turned out really well, but like I usually say, “It's gotta grow in a lot” so give it time! I know we want them to look a certain way immediately, but it takes time and patience before these things fill and look proper. That said, I will add some more plants and other elements later on, but nothing major. I know you may be wondering, “when will you stock it.” I will most likely do that in a few weeks, but it really all depends on how long it takes for the aquarium to establish. Like I said we will for sure add the blue dream shrimp, but I suppose that we could add other inhabitants down the road. Part of me wants it to be a dedicated shrimp tank, but I'm open to the idea. Let me know down in the comments what you think I should do! Lastly you may be wondering about lighting. I'm just using an LED shop light for this aquarium. That said, I used a different light in the footage (which isn't as bright) because I was getting LED flickers. I tried a few methods to get rid of them without luck. If anyone knows how I can get rid of them please let me know! Here's a complete list of plants used in this build: Bolbitis heudelotii Cryptocoryne hudoroi Cryptocoryne wentii ('Green' & 'Bronze') Fissidens (Fox, geppi and nobilis) Ludwigia repens 'Rubin' Red Tiger Lotus Rotala wallichi Subwassertang In case you're wondering I got most of these from my LFS. However, if you use code “BobMoss” on H2OPlants.com you can get 10% off your first order. Also, check out Mossy Jake on Instagram! He posts pics of some really awesome aquarium plants: https://www.instagram.com/mossy_jake/ If you have any comments, suggestions or questions, leave them down in the comments! For additional content like this, photos of my terrariums and animals, projects sneak peeks and more, follow me on Instagram @SerpaDesign. https://www.instagram.com/serpadesign/
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DIY 10g Aquarium to Vertical Vivarium Conversion - pt.1 Conversion
If you're like me, you probably have dozens of empty aquariums that are just begging to be stocked. If I see tanks for cheap I will always buy them. For example, the one used in the demonstration I got for $5. I have been planning on setting up some smaller vivariums for awhile... and now is the time! I'm not trying to spend over $80 for an enclosure though. That's when I came up with this series. In this series you will learn how to construct a naturalistic vivarium from start to finish, using a 10 gallon aquarium. These principles can be used on a vivarium of any size, even if you aren't converting an aquarium to begin with. Everything else is explained in the video. Enjoy!
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My NEW House & The FUTURE
So here's what all the fuss is about! We finally closed on our new home and have been diligently working to get it all fixed up and ready to live in. There's still a lot to be done, but it's really starting to shape up and in this video, I show you all of the pertinent details. I should also say that I wanted to show more of the process itself, but it was tough to film, while trying to do things efficiently and with our families around (not everyone wants to be on camera). Anyways, moving is somewhat stressful, but it's mostly time consuming. So I haven't had much of a chance to finish up making some tutorials that I have in the works and/or put out the content that I know you want to see. As I mentioned in the video I'm working on a few paludariums, a pond and even some fish tank updates among other things. I also know that you want to see how I move my animals and terrariums, so expect that very soon. Next week's video will most likely be about moving the animals or the terrarium shelves. So we won't return to my “normal” content for at least a few weeks. Believe it or not, the hardest part about the process is being separate from my animals and everything else (aka my sanctuary). It's also tough not working on projects. It's programmed in my being that I need to make stuff. So although updating the house fits that category, it's not quite the same (yet). Lastly with all of that in mind, I want to apologize for being vacant in the comments. I just haven't had a time to catch up yet. I'll probably go through and answer them all this evening or tomorrow morning. If you have any comments, suggestions or questions, leave them down in the comments! Also for additional content like this, photos of my terrariums, projects sneak peeks and more, follow me on Instagram @SerpaDesign. https://www.instagram.com/serpadesign/
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My 180 Gallon Vivarium is Taking Shape
Let's set up the all new 180 gallon vivarium! I believe that I said previously it was 190 gallons... not sure where that came from, but it's definitely 180. If you remember I just recently took down my old 125 gallon vivarium and this is its replacement. I think that it turned out great, but it's an unfinished canvas. There's still so much work to be done. Regardless, I wanted to share my progress thus far. Since I've explained most of the things I've done in this video before, I wanted to take a different approach for this demonstration. I thought that it might be helpful to give more insight on how I make aesthetic decisions (placing plants, hardscape, etc). I didn't want to bore you, so I did my best to keep it at a minimum... I know, I can get quite “ranty” about it! I also want to circle back to something I talked about in the video, that I may not have elaborated on well enough. Originally I had two lights in the enclosure, an LED shop light and a CFL heat lamp. I accidentally left both lights on for the first day and I quickly realized that the plants were getting cooked! So any acclimation issues with the plants happened in less than 24 hours! Everything has been fine since then, but unfortunately I lost a few plants and others took a beating (ficus pumila and anubias). However, they are already showing off a lot of new growth. I'm sure the change in humidity (70% to 95%+) took its tool as well. Anyways, after I removed the light and added some more ventilation holes (I will show those in a different video), everything has been great. I was pretty bummed about all of this, but I try not to have unreal expectations about my work. Stuff happens, you just gotta take it and find a solution. Also, in case you're wondering, I'm keeping this setup at a consistent temp of 76° F and a humidity of 95%+. I will talk more about that and how this vivarium works in the follow up video. Let me know down in the comments what you think about this setup thus far. Do you like it better than the old or did you like the 125 better? I suspect that many of you will miss the 125, but give this one some time. That setup didn't get that strong overnight! Plants Used: Acorus gramineus Alocasia amazonica (dwarf) Aluminum Plant Anubias barteri Badge Moss Bucephalandra (red) Bulbophyllum antenniferum (Orchid) Calathea lancifolia Callisia repens Cryptanthus bivittatus Cryptanthus 'Mars' Cryptanthus 'Red Star' Dieffenbachia compacta Dwarf Baby Tears Ficus pumila Ficus pumila 'Quercifolia' Fittonia 'Pink Vein' Fittonia 'White Vein' Java Moss Pellia Peperomia campylotropa Peperomia fraseri Pilea 'Creeping Charlie' Pteris cretica 'Mayii' Pilea glauca Purple Passion Plant Neoregelia 'Fireball' Neoregelia 'Tiger Cub' Rabbit's Foot Fern Rosy Maidenhair Fern Sphagnum Moss Strawberry Begonia Syngonium podophyllum Syngonium podophyllum 'Mini Pixie' Tillandsia ionantha (orange) Tillandsia velutina Wandering Jew 'Fuzzy' Wandering Jew 'Rainbow' For additional content like this, projects sneak peeks and more, follow me on Instagram @SerpaDesign. https://www.instagram.com/serpadesign/
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Will This Plant Return to Life in 3 Hours?
According to the package, this plant will return to life in only three hours! It turns out this claim is completely true. However, the plant was alive the whole time. Selaginella lepidophylla (aka the Dinosaur Plant) is a very unique plant. It's a desert plant, native to the Chihuahuan Desert, that is specialized in "returning to life." Basically this plant goes into a dehydrated state when exposed to dry conditions, until stimulated by water. With enough moisture the plant will return to its true form in about three hours time... Incredible! I am fascinated by plants and this one is no exception. If you want to see more plant highlight videos, leave a comment below. I will choose ones that a lot of people like (assuming you liked this video). For additional content like this, projects sneak peeks and more, follow me on Instagram @SerpaDesign. https://www.instagram.com/serpadesign/
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Make a Levitating Mossarium
Welcome back to another terrarium build! In this demonstration I build an actual levitating terrarium! Although the terrarium itself is somewhat a gimmick, there's no gimmick behind the fact that this terrarium is actually suspended in mid air. No strings, no tricks, just magnets. As I said in the video, I have to give credit to Matthew for this idea. He showed off his terrarium in the November 2017 Terrarium Contest, using this technique. I thought the idea was so cool, that I had to make one for myself. Thanks again for the inspiration Matt! I do like this terrarium, but there's one thing that I don't care for. You'll notice that the power cord is on the left side of the platform. Unfortunately, the viewing side of the terrarium defaults to this location, so there was no way around it. - If you want to learn more about terrariums, check out these links or my channel: Closed Terrarium Basics https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Lg4tzkHgVo&t=1s All About Terrarium False Bottoms https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slDOiWyKWu0 How to Terrarium - The Series https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGPT1t4CqpfiwUa1wQJJqzKWsuOiAMGF5 Make a Terrarium for Free https://youtu.be/KR2Lo0rOF7g Propagate Your Own Moss https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CleZGsQGIOI - For additional content like this, projects sneak peeks and more, follow me on Instagram @SerpaDesign. https://www.instagram.com/serpadesign/ - Levitating Platform https://amzn.to/2C8WEac
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DIY Naturalistic Coco Fiber Liner Background (Aquarium to Viv Conversion pt.2B)
Welcome to Part 2B of the 10 gallon aquarium to vivarium miniseries. In this episode I will show you how to make one rendition of a Coconut Fiber Liner Naturalistic Background. This background is very effective for mosses and vining plants because the can actually root into the background and not just on it. Think of it as the cheap alternative to epiweb, treefern, etc. I will show you how to make upwards of 10 different types of naturalistic vivarium backgrounds. So stay tuned for additional background ideas!
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ALL of My Terrariums!
Let's a take a look at all of my personal terrariums! Before you go and say that you thought I had more, realize that I give a lot of them away or keep others separate from my collection. As I say at the end of the video, terrariums are so fun and that's why I put so much into this content. I believe that making these videos is about much more than showing you how to make terrariums, so I take it very seriously. For additional content like this, photos of my terrarium, projects sneak peeks and more, follow me on Instagram @SerpaDesign. https://www.instagram.com/serpadesign/ Anyways if you want to learn anything about these terrarium, see the links below, Bottle Terrarium: https://youtu.be/7Lg4tzkHgVo Chambered Terrarium: https://youtu.be/ZYPuIdGcHjU Closed Tropical Terrarium: https://youtu.be/d8AbbNnkS90 Florence Flask Mossarium: https://youtu.be/kpfZfyUBQi0 Free Terrarium: https://youtu.be/KR2Lo0rOF7g Jumbo 5 Gallon Terrarium: https://youtu.be/O4wF6VE1MIk Levitating Mossarium: https://youtu.be/5P8m1RKmeqA Native Terrarium: https://youtu.be/urFpw43vDI0 No Opening Terrarium: https://youtu.be/BxTIguvthWg Ship-in-a-Bottle Terrarium: https://youtu.be/MUyv2lUJxaQ Tiny Native Terrariums: https://youtu.be/jNnsbfslxxc Terrarium in an Terrarium: https://youtu.be/kst45ama-wE Terrarium in an Aquarium: https://youtu.be/h9rKepQaCXE If you are new to terrariums I also recommend searching through my videos or seeing the videos below: All About Terrarium False Bottoms: https://youtu.be/slDOiWyKWu0 How to Terrarium - The Series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGPT1t4CqpfiwUa1wQJJqzKWsuOiAMGF5 Propagate Your Own Moss: https://youtu.be/CleZGsQGIOI
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Rubber Ducky Isopods?! Yes that correctly, I seriously just got some isopods (pill bugs, rollie pollies, wood louse, wood lice, etc) that look like rubber duckies. These were newly discovered last year in Thailand, so they're still pretty new to the hobby. You may think that they're overrated or that they're not worth it, but let me tell you, these are incredible! I have been trying to get them since that time and I didn't know what to expect, but I was honestly astounded when I saw them in person. A special thanks to my man ReptileNerd, who reached out to me and directed me to the site that I bought them from. If it wasn't for him, I probably wouldn't have found them! Full disclosure, I paid for these and this not a sponsored video. Anyways my isopods came in great and super quick at that! So if your looking for isopods, I definitely recommend that you check this site out: https://www.isopod.com/product-page/cubaris-sp-rubber-ducky I know that a lot of you have been wanting to see some content with isopods for awhile, so hopefully this holds you down for a bit. I will of course make care videos and everything like that when I have the time, but it's not on my immediate radar. If there's any other content that you would like to see regarding isopods, definitely let me know. In regard to content, let's circle back to some questions that I had in the video: 1. What should I stock the stock pond with long-term? As I said, I'm thinking something small, colorful and active. It doesn't have to be that, but for some reason that's all I can picture at this time, especially once I get more emerged plant growth. 2. What would you like to see me discuss in the aquascape videos? I already know how I want the scapes to look. However, I wasn't sure if there was something specific you'd like me to detail. Let me know if there is! Also you probably couldn't tell from the video, but those blue dream shrimp for Lucas Bretz are seriously beautiful (and BLUE)! Lucas is a fellow hobbyist, who has over 200 tanks and breeds/sells aquarium livestock, plants, etc. If you're not following him, I definitely recommend that you do. He's a serious gem in the aquarium hobby! Tell I sent you, if you feel inclined to do so. Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/lbknuggs Website: https://lrbaquatics.com/ Lastly, if you use the code "BobMoss" on https://www.h2oplants.com/ you can get 10% off your first purchase! If you have any comments, suggestions or questions, leave them down in the comments! For additional content like this, photos of my terrariums and animals, projects sneak peeks and more, follow me on Instagram @SerpaDesign. https://www.instagram.com/serpadesign/
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DIY Plywood Reptile Enclosure (Large Version)
Have you ever wanted to make a large plywood enclosure for your amphibian or reptile? Well this demonstration shows you how I built a really cool plywood enclosure for my 10 year old Kingsnake Whodini. You could modify this design for smaller enclosures as well (I will show that in a different video). This tank could be used for an array of different environments such as tropical, desert or semi-aquatic environments to name a few. Additionally this type of enclosure is suitable for various animals because of how it's made. Also modifications can be easily implemented to create something that fits your animal's specific requirements. I know this video is long, but I really wanted to show the project in its entirety. I also wanted to show as much of this process as I possibly could. As stated in the intro this is a project that was conceived about 3 years ago. I started working on it nearly 3 months ago and it is finally complete. Enjoy! If you want to see an abridged version of this build, follow the link: https://youtu.be/lbbhz2XtX34 If you have any questions let me know in the comments and I will do my best to get back to you. You can follow me on Instagram @serpadesign for project sneak peaks, updates and more content like this.
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My Crested Geckos Are FINALLY HOME
My Crested Geckos (Henry and Delilah) are finally in their new homes! I built their vivariums back in March, which doesn't seem like that long ago, but it really is. I know it can be tempting to stock your enclosures immediately, but it always pays off to wait. Whether that be a bioactive vivarium or an aquarium, waiting is ALWAYS the right thing to do! In this case, I mainly wanted the plants to grow and become established. That can only happen with time/patience. Of course I also wanted the clean up to crew to become established, but more can always be added, so they're not as important in this equation. If you want to see the original build videos for all of this and learn how to do it for yourself, check out the links below: DIY Plywood Enclosure https://youtu.be/lbbhz2XtX34 Henry Vivarium Build https://youtu.be/aSGq-9kbaxM Delilah Vivarium Build https://youtu.be/5qkq9XQXac0 This video was not intended to be a full blown update on everything or a care video, so I covered very little about what goes into these vivariums. However, they are very easy to care for and the geckos seems to like them. They're live planted, bioactive (contain springtails and isopods) and 100% DIY. The enclosures measure 24x24x32”, which equates to roughly 80 gallons, but only 60 gallons of that space is usable. I keep the temperature at 81°F in the day and 76°F at night. The humidity also varies depending on when I spray the enclosures, but it fluctuates between 60-75%. I also use a 26w Exo Terra Tropical UVB bulb and a standard LED bulb from. UVB is generally not seen as a requirement when it comes to Crested Geckos, but I highly recommend it. Also, as I expressed in the video, I think its very important to provide a lot of cover for your gecko. If you want a happy and content animal, I believe that it's an absolutes necessity. Keep in mind that the personality of the gecko will play a part in all of this, but you shouldn't bank on ending up with a gecko that feels secure with minimal coverage (some are skittish and some aren't). That said, you may get discouraged if your animal hides and you can't see them. Not to come across the wrong way, but if that's why you're keeping a gecko in the first place, then you have the wrong pet. What I mean is that you shouldn't force behavior at the expense of the animal. Provide a natural environment and receive natural behaviors or vise versa. Anyways I figured I'd give you a little insight on these enclosures, but we'll do a proper update and in-depth look at some point in the future. Enjoy! For additional content like this, photos of my terrarium, projects sneak peeks and more, follow me on Instagram @SerpaDesign. https://www.instagram.com/serpadesign/
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DIY Plywood Reptile Enclosure (Small Version)
Welcome back to the second installment of the Plywood Enclosure build. As I stated in this video, I highly recommend watching the original build first (if you haven't already), so that you know exactly what I'm doing in this video. To avoid redundancy this build is presented in an abridged format. Follow the link below if you want to see the original build. Original Plywood Enclosure Build (Large Version): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CJwisimp5o The enclosures that I built in this video are best suited for tropical environments. If you are looking to make something like this, for an animal that requires more airflow, you could easily modify the design to include more ventilation. I realized that I failed to mention the size of these enclosures in the video itself. That said, they measure 24"x24"x30" so they are each about 75 gallons. However, the light compartment takes up 15 gallons, which leaves 60 gallons of usable space. You may wonder why I would go through the trouble to make something like this instead of buying a commercial enclosure. Well in making something like this, I was able to get exactly what I wanted. Plus I don't really care for the viewing panels on most enclosures. My 125g vivarium taught me that I want max visibility and won't take anything less (that tank is ridiculously hard to see in), so I came up with this. If you have any questions let me know in the comments and I will do my best to get back to you. You can follow me on Instagram @serpadesign for project sneak peaks, updates and more content like this.
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Make a Freshwater Aquarium Sump (150g Redo pt.1)
Welcome to Part 1 of my 150 Gallon Cube Aquarium redo series. In this session, I reseal the aquarium and deal with filtration. Have you ever wanted to build a sump for freshwater filtration? Well it's quite simple and that's the main focus of this video. As stated, this isn't an all inclusive guide, but it does cover the topic in great detail. Understand also that there are several kinds of sumps (i.e. trickle tower, fluidized, etc.). This is just a simple/traditional sump design. If you are on the fence about building one for yourself it, I highly encourage you to give it a try. I have several video coming out for this series and the format will be pretty consistent throughout. I'm taking you on the journey of this aquarium's transformation, by explaining it great detail. Most of the concepts aren't ground breaking, but you should know by now that I'm putting my own creative spin on the whole thing. - - Why should you get or make a sump? - - The great thing about sumps is that they increase the volume of water in your system. The more water in your system, the easier it is to keep a stable environment for your fish friends. Sumps are also extremely versatile and can be customized to meet your specific requirements. All of your hardware, like heaters and thermometers, can easily be hidden in a sump. Finally if your pump breaks, it generally easier and cheaper to replace a pump instead of some obscure part or an entire filter. - - How much water will drain out from my overflow? - - It's extremely important to account for equipment failure or power outage when making a sump. When this occurs, your aquarium will drain down to the overflow and if it's not accounted for in the sump, it will end up on your floor. The easiest way to do this is to measure from the top of your overflow (in my case a street elbow) up to your desired water level, this will be your height. Then measure the length and width of the aquarium. Once you have obtained your measurements, use this link to calculate the volume. http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/converter/volume-calculator.php For example mine is 36” x 36” x 2” which equals roughly 12 gallons. However, my return nozzle also drains a little bit of the water, so my measurement is actually 36” x 36” x 2.5” which is 14 gallons give or take. This method won't be 100% accurate, but it will give you an educated decision on how to scale your sump. Again, the height of your first baffle will dictate the volume of the sump to a large degree. - - What pump should I chose for my sump? - - First things first, spend the extra cash and get a reputable pump! Don't try to save a buck and get some cheap off brand pump. Been there and done that, it's no fun. You will end up wasting money long term and it could end up being detrimental in other ways. How do you determine the right size pump (measured by GPH) for your aquarium? It depends on who you ask, but the general consensus seems to be that a pump should turn over 4-6x the volume of your aquarium per hour. My aquarium is 150 gallons and my sump holds about 25 gallons, so in total I am running a 175 gallon system. The SP4 is rated at 1,800 GPH, but based on the head height, it's actually pushing closer to 1,600 GPH. I tend to lean toward more power because of the way that I stock tanks and I don't completely trust the company ratings because of how many variables can be present. Regardless I need a pump that turns over at least 1,050 GPH (175g x 6). If the pump rating is correct I'm actually turning over around 9x the volume per hour. That's a lot more than what's typically recommended, but that's generally how I roll. - - Reseal an Aquarium - - I've been “officially” in the aquarium hobby for over 11 years. Learning how to reseal an aquarium was an early, yet pivotal turning point to my hobby. I started working at 14, but I wasn't making much money. In order to get larger aquariums for cheap I had to learn to repair them. I got most of my larger for pretty cheap It's still going strong to this day. Check out the older video of mine below for an extensive look on how to this. It's amazing to see how much my videos have developed since this upload. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDrTFy8WB2E You can follow me on INSTAGRAM @SerpaDesign for project sneak peaks, updates and more content like this.
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DIY Standing Light Fixture (Vivarium, Terrarium, Aquarium, etc.) for $30
This is a brief DIY video which explains how to make a standing light fixture suitable for a terrarium, vivarium, aquarium, etc. I got the idea to use the planters as lamp shades from the King of DIY. Otherwise, this design is totally original and works great! It also is probably best suited for a 20 gallon long aquarium or larger. Thanks for watching! If you have any questions leave them below.
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