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Need help/advice on new terrarium

Posted by The_Noob_22 z5 WI (My Page) on
Sun, Aug 28, 05 at 3:08

OK, i'm completely new to this terrarium thing. I have a 10 gallon hexagon aquarium that I wasnt using and used it for a terrarium. The hood has a hole in the back (a slot for the would-be water filter), a glass window for the hood light, and a tight fir on the aquarium.
I started my terrarium by putting down a half inch of sand, a thin layer of charcoal from the garden store, a thin layer of sphagnum moss from the garden store, and potting soil mixed with vermiculite. I have four small plants in there, the names of which i will post tomorrow but they all require medium light and high humidity. I also have two rocks I got from the yard, which i wahsed with scalding hot water. I have three questions:

1) Is this a smart set-up to have or completely wrong?

2) Can i use the flourescent light that came with the hood of the tank or should I get a sun lamp?

3) Should I regularily mist the terrarium or every other day/week/month?

Any suggestions on these matters would be most appreciated. Thanks a bunch!

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RE: Need help/advice on new terrarium

When you say charcoal, you mean activated charcoal right? Normal charcoal is no good whatsoever.

Regarding lighting you're probably best off with 1-2 cfls, you don't want incandescents(excessive heat, little usable light).

Misting the terrarium, well, I'd do it as seems necessary for the plants, you can only judge it by experimenting.

Otherwise sounds good.


RE: Need help/advice on new terrarium

Yes, you can use the fluo light hood that came with your tank. Try to find a bulb with a colour temp. of 6500-6700K. This is the best for plant growth, and as it is the colour of natural sunlight at noon, it looks very nice (no turning plants funny colours). One light won't put out that much light though, so I'd supplement with a bit of sunlight. Morning sun is best, as it won't heat your tank up too much (more indirect), and you should have a vent in the top of your tank anyways to allow heat to escape.

How often you need to mist depends entirely on how humid it is where you live, how open the tank is, and any number of other environmental factors. I'd suggest you buy a little hygrometer to measure the humidity. 70-90% is good for terrarium plants in general. Then mist accordingly. I find I need to mist almost every day.

RE: Need help/advice on new terrarium

Don't mean to sound "dumb", but I don't know what zone is. I want to start a terrarium. I bought succulents today as a way to start. I don't know where to get the charcoal, sphagnum moss or the sand that I'll eventually need for the other terrariums I plan to start and give as gifts. Can someone give me some tips?

RE: Need help/advice on new terrarium

First tip ......... start a new thread. Smiley


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