Pics of my first terrarium
I posted this on a UK forum. it has some current pics of my first terrerium. I am going to take pics and document the next one I build.
First, it is a 29 gal fish tank. the opening is at the top. I started with the false bottom and the walls. I made the floor of the terrarium a few inches higher than the bottom of the tank.
For the walls, I used foam and spread a mix of peat and a concrete bonder fortifier available at any hardware store. this mixture is spread on and left to dry. It takes about 3 to 4 weeks to dry completely.
I made roots out of mixing mortar with peat and the concrete bonder. I then painted them with 'Patio Paint' available at local arts and craft stores. it's waterproof and comes in many colors.
I have a fish pump that pushes water up from the bottom to a small manifold that 5 small irragation hoses are attatched to. The water drips down the walls keeping them wet at all times.
I made the hood out of some bamboo I had and cutt slits in the top for heat to escape.
The inside of the hood has foil glued to it for reflection. I have 4 compact flourescent lights. i got all the parts for the lights at the local hardware store.
The fan is a computer processer fan I got from a local electrinics store.
The fan is wired to a dimmer switch I also got at the store. I got a plastic box to putit in.
In Europe you are gonna have different power but I needed to get a converter for the fan. this was also purchased at the local electronics store.
I have one open side where the water is visible.
The whole tank.
Inside the tank.
Things I noticed or would do different.
i would make the water reservoir in the tank larger as I add water once a week.
Make sure to locate the fan inside. I had the fan blowing outside air in and I would have to add water daily. i changed it and only add water about once a week.
Spray foam works great for making structures as well. Wait till it dries and carve it.
The next one I build this winter will be huge. I am really looking forward to it as it will be 90% orchids.