Ask a Question forum: tell me what I need to fill a 55 gallon fish tank terrarium.

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East Orange, New Jersey, USA
vinbis1
Feb 21, 2018 5:53 PM CST
I work for the Veterans Administration. I cannot have a 55 gallon fish tank, but I can make that tank into a terrarium. Please tell me what you think I need to purchase the items to give my deserving veterans an athmosphere of tranqulity and relaxation during our sessions. Most people or places do not answer this. I humbally ask you to help me in my quest. I work at the East Orange VA hospital and need all the help I can get. This will be coming out of my pocket, but if I can make it work, I may be able to replicate this to other sights.

Thank You,

Vincent Bisogno LSW
Veterans Administration
385 Tremont Avenue
Floor 12, Room 203
East Orange, NJ 07018
973-676-1000 x1142

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DaisyI
Feb 21, 2018 6:26 PM CST
Welcome!

The most important part is to pick out your plants and then get appropriate lighting - I use Sunblaster LED grow light strips because they do not generate a lot of heat and are bright enough to make my plants happy. DO NOT try to grow cactus or succulents. The plants you choose need to be happy in low light, and be small growing (unless you plan to replace them as they "age out") and like humidity. Ferns, Club Mosses, small growing Orchids (but not Phalaenopsis), air plants and Earth Stars (they can sit directly on the moss), Watermelon Peperomia, .....one of my favorites is Streptocarpus but they do need some periodic reigning in. Smiling

If you put a couple inches of gravel (I use black lava rock - its prettier) on the bottom, it will act as your water reservoir. Arrange your little potted plants on top of the gravel and surround the pots loosely with damp New Zealand Sphagnum moss. That will give your terrarium a nice finished look. When you water, the excess will drain into the gravel and evaporate into the moss.

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Christine
Feb 22, 2018 7:54 AM CST
There is a miniature forum here, if you do a search there you will find a lot of information, its a lot of work but will be worth it in the end if its built properly Thumbs up
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