Natural History Society - 5/26/2023

Life Skills

I'm delighted to share some exciting news with you in this week's newsletter. After much anticipation and hard work, we are thrilled to announce that our bioactive vivarium project is finally complete! It has been a remarkable journey, and the results are truly impressive.
In the past week, our dedicated team focused on several essential tasks to create the perfect environment for our vivarium. We began by sanding the wood meticulously to ensure a smooth and bark-free surface. This attention to detail was crucial in providing a comfortable habitat for our vivarium's inhabitants.
Next, we fitted the vivarium with beautifully carved and painted polystyrene backs. These additions not only enhance the visual appeal of the vivarium but also provide texture and depth to the overall design. The craftsmanship and artistic skills displayed by our team were outstanding.

We also paid careful attention to the substrate composition to ensure the ideal conditions for our vivarium's ecosystem. We used LECA (Lightweight Expanded Clay Aggregate) for the false bottom, followed by layers of geotextile fabric, coco fibre, sphagnum moss, and activated charcoal. This combination provides a healthy and supportive base for the plant life within the vivarium.
Speaking of plants, we are proud to share that we've already planted a variety of species, including orchids, bromeliads, and spider plants, just to name a few. The vivarium is already showcasing an array of vibrant colors, and textures, creating a stunning visual display. Rest assured, there are more plants to come, as we continue to curate a diverse and thriving ecosystem.

Lastly, we would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the boys who contributed their hard work and dedication to make this project a reality. Their efforts have truly paid off, and we couldn't be prouder of the results. We would also like to give a special shoutout to Ned A, the society's president, for generously donating some of his plants to enrich our vivarium.

Helix, our vivarium's resident, seems to be thoroughly enjoying his new home. The progress we've made is a testament to the collective effort and commitment of our team. We are incredibly grateful for the support and encouragement of all the parents throughout this journey.

Best wishes,
Mr. Fyfe