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New terra base project

Wolf6

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Hey everyone,

My wife got me a DOOA terra base (the 11,8x28cm one) for christmas, so I'm looking to get started on it. I've ordered a low glass vase (30cm diamter, 8cm high) for it where I will place it on/in, with some sand or grit around the base. I plan to always have a few cm of water in the vase itself. I'll put some ludwigia and other plants around the base that can form a nice mound over time to hide the base in, but then comes the part where I'm hoping you guys can give some ideas :) Which plants will grow well on a terra base, in room temperature (around 19c here in winter, 16 at night), not surrounded by glass (so its not very humid outside of the terra base providing water). Which mosses can I use best for these circumstances, which ferns or orchids (or otherwise) would grow well? Light shouldn't be an issue, I can always add a small light up top but its most likely going to be close to a (southeast) facing window. I'd love a flowering small orchid and some lovely tiny ferns growing out of a few types of moss, but its my first foray into this sort of thing and I seem to be unable to find similar setups where the plants are listed, its always either high humidity or 'roots must dry up fast-ish'. I'd guess the terrabase will have relatively low air humidity (that is: normal living room where a fishtank is present) and moist roots (water seeping through the terracotta). Once the vase is in and the basic setup is done, I'll post some pics :)
 

Wolf6

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Alas its still standing empty, I did get a ONF nano+ to light it as it is going to be in a rather dark corner. But I've not found time and motivation yet to order plants and set it up. Corona lockdowns and personal stuff didnt help.
 

dcurzon

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I found Fittonia grew very well. Spiky moss as the base initially went well, but seemed to die off so not sure if it throttled itself, might be better with Java moss? Or better still, any local moss from the forest!
Hydrocotyle didn't do so well for me, although there's no reason it shouldn't work.
 
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