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I am replacing a 100L fish tank and would like to create an indoor terrarium from the old one (80 x 30cm) which will be open (no lid).  I have read up on how to make the base layers and have read that I should use mini plants, such as ??  Has anyone made such a terrarium and can offer advice please.   Many thanks 


  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 4,495
    I just g***led 'Terrarium plants' and there were lots of suggestions (and suppliers).
    I have a nice hexagonal glass terrarium that I set up many years back and would like to get going again, but that will need much smaller plants than your fish tank - though I have one of those too... :) Back then I found lots of suitable little plants and it was great fun arranging them and easy to look after. You do need the right position though, good light but not direct sun or the poor things get cooked. You will need to turn it too, so they all get a go in the light, the hexagonal one was good for that.
  • Hi Buttercup. Thank you for your post.  I too g***led 'Terrarium plants'. Never thought that I would need to turn it, thank you for that tip.
  • mrtjformanmrtjforman Posts: 331
    I have filled my old fish tank with orchids - I mainly have small phalaenopsis or dendrobiums but there are thousands, some minitures very well suited for aquarium growing but it is a niche hobby which is not as easy as soil grown plants. Finding good suppliers and the right information is another major challenge which is a shame.
  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 2,986
    You could also go the desert route.. less work like turning and less pests to contend with.  I had one back in high school.. Cacti and such complete with cool looking desert type rocks.  Add a realistic rubber snake, and you're all set.  

    Alternatively, carnivores plants would be fun too.  Just find ones with similar requirements.
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  • KeenOnGreenKeenOnGreen Posts: 1,823
    Suggest avoiding carnivorous plants.  They are not suited to being kept indoors, need to be watered with rainwater and some must be exposed to Winter cold in order to regenerate.  

    Love the idea of cacti and succulents, if you can give them enough sun.  
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