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New type of terrarium?

Posted by zdufran 7 ( on
Mon, Jul 2, 07 at 10:54

I am thinking of starting a terrarium with a different design from anything I have seen before. I assume that someone has done it before though and just wondering if anyone is aware of this style. Takashi Amano is a plant and aquarium enthusiast that made the planted "nature aquarium" famous. Sometimes these designs are very simple and are smaller versions of nature scenes (Iwagumi-style). You can see a picture here:

Similarly, the art of bonsai trees are usually very simple with a center focus on a single element, usually with a nice green moss surface to emulate a larger picture of nature on a very small scale. Here's an example:

This is what I would like to do with a terrarium. Rather than the common terrarium style that is very full and lush, I would like to create a small terrarium that highlights a single plant, surrounded by a rock or two and a "field" of moss. Has anyone done this before?

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RE: New type of terrarium?

Don't see why not . The great thing about terrariums is they can be or not whatever you want..IMO it's alway better to have a "theme " where you try to emulate a natural scene.whether tropical, temperate or whatever. Amano and the Dutch methods have turned these into works of art.
Have seen single orchids growing on driftwood , flue pipe
mineral specimens or even skulls. With or without other plants .Contained in a bell jar makes a fantastic display.
I particularly like the "whole" environment and favor paludariums. Water features make the display much more interesting.
Did you have a particulr Idea in mind?? gary

RE: New type of terrarium?

My idea is to make a sort of Iwagumi-style terrarium. I would like to have rolling hills of moss with some rocks jutting out and 1 small plant (off-center) that looks rather tree-like. Here's the link to a concept drawing I did.

Here is a link that might be useful: concept pic

RE: New type of terrarium?

Oops! Here is the correct link for the picture:

Here is a link that might be useful: CORRECT link for concept pic

RE: New type of terrarium?

Should be fairly simple to accomplish. What species did you want to use ? gary

RE: New type of terrarium?

I haven't decided on the plant to use. I'm still brainstorming. Do you have any ideas?

RE: New type of terrarium?

Well' there would be many choices ,What kind of temps will you maintain?? I can't keep anything but tropicals in my location. Would be a great setup for a dwarfed tree or any tree-like types maybe with selaginella as a ground cover. Maybe some mineral specimens showing through??
Since you want such a simple setup maybe select the "tree" and design around that?? gary

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