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Thread: Is 55 gallon good for a terrarium?

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    Budgies are best Thagirion's Avatar
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    Oh that's merely the Lowlands' winter home from Jan-Mar. They'll all be moving out in about two weeks to my little Shade house for nine months out of the year. Highlands grow slower so yes most of the year I want this for highlands. I also will grow a few plants as house plants in hanging baskets.

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    Yeah in Florida you are going to have a unique problem of the weather being not suitable for highlanders without air conditioning for much of the year. So your setup is going to have to be artificially cooled. This is possible to do for a terrarium but the fact is most species will outgrow even a large terrarium after not too long.

    Your lowlanders will be much more suited for life outdoors the majority of the year and in the winter they may need to be heated. But bringing them indoors during the winter... that will soon become unrealistic as they begin to put on considerable size.

    Honestly I don't envy your climate for that reason. It's much easier to warm things up than it is to cool things down.
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    55 gallon is great for small plants and an infirmary. You can comfirtably fit three double banks of t8 lights on top. Dex is absolutely right though. Neps are all vines in the end and to get the pitchers we all move they require some room. Unless you custom build you will quickly run
    Out of room. They are great for mini orchids though along with the seedlings and things.
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    Well I'm probably going to pick it up this weekend. I do have plans to make a custom chamber eventually.

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    I have a 10 gallon standard terrarium setup, so you'll be in better shape than I. Lol. But like others have said, the plants will eventually outgrow any terrarium and even some greenhouses.
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    I think you can make a terrarium pretty much out of any fish tank. Here is my recent addition a self watering 10g terraium:


    And this is how it looks like when it turns on (I have since removed the moss)

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    I'm planning on using a 55 gallon to grow intermediates and small lowlanders (N. bellii, campanulata, gracilis). There are going to be a lot of orchids and bromeliads in there.

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    dsrtfox, well I am hoping some of my plants will get huge. I'd like that.

    gill_za, wow I love your stuff. You make such awesome inventions. That PVC watering system is so nice. And you keep the water level that deep for what, humidity?

    Wireman, gracialis is small? I just got one with the hopes it would turn into a huge vine.

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