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How To Turn an Aquarium into a Terrarium

By threegardeners
January 20, 2012

There seems to be a lot of mystery involving terrariums. Mention one and people run away in fear. I don't know why, it's really quite simple. Let me show you.

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plantladylin
Jan 20, 2012 9:04 AM CST
Lee Anne: Wow, that is a very large terrarium and it sure sounds like a lot of work went into the change over from aquarium to terrarium ... great job! I like how you placed the smaller aquarium with fish inside the large terrarium. I've always enjoyed terrarium gardening and I have a few. One is an old hexagonal fish tank that my friends son gave me and then I have a 10 gal fish tank planted up, as well as a couple of jars with lids. Terrariums require so little care once they are planted ... it's a fun way to garden!
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This is a glass jar terrarium that got broken when I moved recently. I hope to find a replacement glass container to fit the base and lid:
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And, a 10 gal aquarium/terrarium:
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Jan 20, 2012 1:31 PM CST
Yes, thanks for the tutorial.
I usually run away in fear because I remember them from the 70s and they were almost always FULL of so much humidity that they looked seriously untidy.
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plantladylin
Jan 20, 2012 3:26 PM CST
We have lots of humidity down here in Florida and I rarely ever have to water the terrariums. The humidity does build up in the enclosed containers so I raise or remove the lids every so often to allow for fresh air to circulate ... otherwise I'd have rotting plants.
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Dutchlady1
Jan 21, 2012 5:26 AM CST
Yes, definitely reminiscent of my younger days, and they appear to be making a serious comeback. I was at a plant trade show yesterday and there were a few of them in evidence,
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Boopaints
Jan 21, 2012 11:26 AM CST
Lee Anne, I really enjoyed the process of your experience with the change over. Hurray! Hurray! Giggling throughout it, Rolling on the floor laughing I was excited to see the end result!! Please share with us another photo in a few months so we can see how the plants grew and adapted to their new home. WOW, that was a lot of work but so worth it!!!

Grat article and something for my to-do list. Lin, I like your terrariums a lot. Hurray!
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Ridesredmule
Jan 21, 2012 3:58 PM CST
I guess I had a terrarium and didn't even know it. I have a begonia and a small fern in one of my aquariums and they seem to like it pretty wellI try not to overwater...
This was a very good article. Thank you...
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goldfinch4
Jan 23, 2012 1:26 AM CST
Nice article Lee Anne! That's one large terrarium you have. Thumbs up Like Becky said, I'd love to see progress pictures of it in a few months.
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Lazzar
Jan 26, 2012 10:07 PM CST
Has anyone tried to grow vegtables or herbs in a terrarium? and if so how? I have a few fish tanks gathering dust. Thanks Lazzar
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Sharon
Jan 26, 2012 10:15 PM CST
Herbs. I never thought of that, Lazzar, but what a novel idea for herbs, particularly this time of year. Thanks.
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