The Aquatic Experience is excited to present Vivariums In The Mist, an innovative New York-based company specializing in custom vivariums, terrariums, paludariums, planted displays, and supplies. With unique specialties such as poison dart frog vivariums and bioactive enclosures, the company’s mission is to bring a piece of the jungle to customers’ homes or places of business. In addition, Vivariums In The Mist is an experienced vendor of tropical plants—including bromeliads, orchids, and much more—as well as over 20 species of isopods and springtails for customers seeking bioactive benefits. The company is also an authorized dealer of several brands, including Biopod, EcoTech Marine, Zoo Med, Exo-Terra, MistKing, Repashy, and Andy’s Orchids.
Vivariums and terrariums serve as tranquil, mesmerizing displays in numerous contexts, such as homes, offices, schools, hotels, and medical office waiting rooms. They offer the benefits of aquariums, but require minimal maintenance and are far more cost-effective. At the Vivariums In The Mist showroom—conveniently located at the border of Long Island and Queens—customers can view nine planted vivariums, which range in size from 20 gallons to a staggering 210 gallons! The showroom was recently renovated and expanded to include plant rooms and a microfauna. In addition to the items on display at the showroom, Vivariums In The Mist works closely with customers to design unique, customized habitats.
For Paul Demas, owner of Vivariums In The Mist, a passion for frogs and other herptiles (“herps”) was sparked during family vacations to New York’s picturesque Catskill Mountains when he was a child. Paul and his brother enjoyed spending their days catching frogs, fish, turtles, newts, and even snakes. Paul built his first pond using a kiddie pool buried in the ground—but this soon expanded to a custom cement pond that spanned nearly the full width of his family’s backyard. By striving to replicate the flora of his creatures’ natural environments, he was able to create an oasis in which frogs and other herps were thriving and breeding each year. He was also fascinated by a wide variety of plants and their miniature eco-systems. These hobbies, as well as Paul’s professional experience in appliance repair and pet product sales and manufacturing, laid the foundation of his talent for terrarium and vivarium building. In fact, products that he developed when working for a major pet product manufacturer won awards in the New Reptile Product category at the Global Pet Expo, the largest pet industry trade show in the country.
Additionally, Paul’s articles on topics related to aquariums and reptiles have been published in a variety of magazines, including Tropical Fish Hobbyist and Aquarium Fish International. His article, “The Great Vivarium Build of 2012,” was the catalyst for Vivariums In The Mist after it appeared in Reptiles Magazine and yielded a cascade of support, questions, and requests for custom vivariums from readers.
The Vivariums In The Mist team is looking forward to showcasing their unique products at the Aquatic Experience, Booth #611! For more information, visit.