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set up a vivarium a couple weeks ago and finally put my D. ensatus in... thought I'd post some pics.
 

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I agree with Nathan, we need more pics! It looks great, I'd love to have those ferns in my setup. Are they all silk? They right one looks pretty real.

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all the plants were collected with the exception of the five finger fern which was about 5 bucks...
all native plants... I have found that wild strawberries do very well in vivarium as do the sword ferns... they both seem to stand up to "heavy" caudate trampling...
 

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oh, another note... The light is not as intense at it seems in the pictures. The brightness of the photos comes from the long exposures it took to pick up enough detail...
oh and sorry for the graininess of the close up... my film speed was set pretty high.
 

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thanks chip! it didn't come out quite as I envisioned but I'm pretty happy with it... things always have a way of changing once you stuff two tree roots and a filter-pump in the tank... gotta go with whatever fits...

Hunting down everything for a vivarium like this is too much fun... probably my OCD kicking in...
 

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I love naturalistic set-ups and yours looks great...however i´d say it´s quite an small tank isn´t it?
 

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yes, it is a bit small for this guy at 12X12 but it's kind of a short term thing... I have a 20 gallon long that houses a D. tenebrosus larva of about 3 inches... I hope to swap the tanks eventually, but the larger tank has no top and I need to fabricate one out of acrylic (which is going to be a little tricky) before I make any changes... It's also been very warm here in Cali and having him in a semi-aquatic rather than the slightly larger, terrestrial set up he was in helps with the heat.

I also have a huge 40 gallon wide that has been collecting dust for a couple years, I really, really want to make a huge river/stream vivarium with it but I just don't have the space... even in my new place...
 
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Looks like an excellent setup for a Dicamptodon, very naturalistic. I am glad you realize that it is a little on the small side for that salamander.
 
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