As most of you know, I am not a 'normal' houseplant person. I am almost exclusively a tropical gardener, and am fortunate enough that I can grow many things in my yard. What I can't, I grow in my greenhouse. But there are some things that I really don;t want to put in the greenhouse, either because they were get lost, or because the winter climate, even though I keep it warm, would still not be 100% beneficial for the plants. So I am building another indoor habitat for these plants. Its not really a terrarium, because its not enclosed. Its not really a vivarium, because I will be keeping no animals. Its more like a riparium, a planted aquarium, but its not all water. So I call it an indoor houseplant habitat.
Its 75 gallons, 50 inches long, 21 inches deep and 21 inches tall. I have put in the back ground (large cork bark slabs I had laying around) and the false bottom (a thick layer of aliflor and pea gravel) that holds water for recirculation, I have run the hoses for the water features, and covered that with landscaping fabric to separate the water from the soil substrate. Later today I will start filling in with sphagnum moss and soil substrate, install the water features and decorations, and then the fun really starts: adding the plants I have collected and so far been growing in a 10 gallon holding tank! Still have to go get my lights, but thanks to my daughter, I have all the fixtures already. I did not have to buy any of the things that I am using to make this except the wood pieces. I had it all laying around the greenhouse, my daughter gave me the aquarium. I even already had the pond pumps from past water setups. So its a pleasure to repurpose stuff I already had into a new idea for growing plants in my house.
This is the set up so far. The tank
The water circulation layer with landscaping fabric on top
part of the cork and coir sheeting background