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    I wanted to make a 5-10 gallon tank into a terarrium. I know what to include inside of the terrarium (3 VFTs and a sundew), but it will not fit in the window sill, so how will I give it the proper light? I don't want to put the terrarium outside, because here in chicago, i am positive someone will surely steal it for the fun of it.

    Can I put it under some kind of light? If so What kind?
    Thanx a bunch!

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    I would not put a tank into direct lighting. You take a chance on overheating it and frying the CP's

    Artificial lighting will be your safest bet.

    Cool white lights left on 12-14 hours a day. You can also add a growlux bulb or wam white to get a broader spectrum of light for the plants.

    But if not possible, cool white works perfectly. You should be able to find a small fixture at Home Depot, Lowes, or any hardware store.

    Hope this helps! [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    Let us know what you do

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    what part of chicago are you from???

    if you dont mind me asking.....

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    I am from the south side of Chicago.
    I live on 47th and kedzie. How about You?

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    south side!!!!!

    near ford city mall...right???

    my boyfriend lives somewhere around the area....23rd and Western

    i live an hour away from my boyfriend.....

    im from the Gurnee area...where Six Flags Great America is.

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    The south side of Chicago? Isn't that where Bad Bad Leroy Brown is from???

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    I don't know who bad boy leroy brown is, but yeah jiana, i live near ford city. Actually i am about 10 min. away. maybe even less.
    I still have a question though, what is a growlux bulb?
    ThanX

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    Hey Pip!

    A gro-lux bulb is a special plant light that gives off a purplish glow. Just ask the guy at the store. Some people question the value of these and stick with cool white at half the price--I'm a sucker who has all three types (cool, "warm," and gro) in his setup.

    With a small tank, you will want to suspend the light fixture over the tank. PVC pipe, also available at a hardware store, will make a quick and reliable (and cheap) frame for this job in no time.

    Timex makes a 3-prong timer for the light, if you do not want to switch it on and off yourself. Change the bulbs every six months.

    Steve

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