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    My reconstructed terrarium

    After reading how many of you 'professional' growers constructed your terrariums, I decided to rebuild mine. Please take a look and PLEASE tell me if you see any fatal flaws in the build.
    Here is it, step by step.
    I started off by mixing 1 part activated charcoal (9oz) to about 3 parts peat and 3 parts perlite. I then buried in a serpentine shape, about 80" of perforated tubing into 4 rows about 2" apart up and down the length of the aquarium. There are 160 holes, the pin going through both sides of the tubing at 1" intervals. This will both aerate the soil and slowly ventilate/circulate the air in the terrarium.





    Then I added about 3"-4" of sphagnum.



    Then I added the plants.





    Finally I added a layer of live sphagnum.



    And the finished terrarium.



    Here is a list of most of the supplies I used and the cost.
    Charcoal (9oz) $5.00 @ WalMart
    Dual output Air Pump $12.00 @ Walmart
    Aquarium w/hood $25.00 @ WalMart
    100w GE 6500K CFL's 2 pack $6.50 @ WalMart
    Airline $2.50 @ WalMart
    Timer $5.00 @ Lowes
    Sphagnum $3.50 @ Lowes
    Airline T's and valves $3.00 @ Petsmart
    Total about $65.00




    OK now, sugestion on anywhere I could improve on this?

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    Awsome job, I cant wait to see what it will look like down the road.

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    where'd you get the live sphag from?
    why not just plant them directly into the media?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmm889 View Post
    where'd you get the live sphag from?
    why not just plant them directly into the media?
    It would be difficult to move them around or work with them if there are problems. And someday they will be too big of the terrarium.

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    so i guess its safe to say that its just merely for asthetics? and I guess maybe a humidity increase?

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    Humidity for sure; but, some also use it as a water method because the pots will soak up less water from the sphag moss than sitting in water.

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    Good idea,I love those cfls for smaller tanks.
    For my tank I may consider doing the airline thing for my 55 gallon tank for waatering and airation....

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    Looks good. I would probably go for more light, but that might be fine.

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