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12/21/13 10:24 P

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First I would totally clean and sanitized the unit as you do not know what has been in it before. This could help with issues. I would probably line the bottom and then put in a layer oo rock or grvel and then grow the herbs in individual pot sit on the gravel. That way easy to remove and replace as needed

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Oh, succulents would be nice....but herbs are so good. Maybe I'll experiment with a few things

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Sounds like you have a great plan. I have only done succulents in a terrarium. Good luck!!!

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Thanks for the encouragement! I'm pretty excited to try and if it doesn't work then no harm, no foul. I will probably slap some duct tape over the crack. I'm Canadian and duct tape fixes everything...really. LOL!

I was thinking of covering it with glass but you're probably right about the possible moulding. I usually water the outside plants (in the summer) with the fish tank water. They loved it and I get to avoid wasting as much water so it's a nice tradeoff.

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Since there is a crack at the bottom, you are going to have to put something under the aquarium to prevent water from seeping out the bottom, or else sealing it with silicone caulk first. Using sand and gravel in the bottom is an excellent idea either way, as that allows you to be able to see if there is standing water in the tank as well as how much, and will help keep the humidity levels up.
You probably don't want the humidity levels to get too high if you are growing herbs and vegetables, since they could be susceptible to molds or fungus diseases (the spores are often present in the soil). The tank will help to keep the humidity higher than the room is, even without putting anything extra over the top.
I've only grown tropical house plants in terrariums, so don't know about growing herbs and veggies that way, but it sounds like it's definitely worth a try at least. The more plants you put in the tank, the more you will need to fertilize them. Top dressing with compost, probably monthly, should help. If you have other aquariums with fish in them, you could always use water from the fish tanks to water with which feeds them at the same time. If you suction the gravel from those tanks, then the fish emulsion also is an excellent fertilizer to feed your plants with on occasion.

Be sure to put the light on a timer so they get at least 12 hours of sun (16 may even be the correct amount - whatever they recommend for starting seeds).

I'd love to hear how this works out for you and what you decide to grow. Good luck.



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I'd like to have a tiny garden going this winter and I happened to come upon a free 75 gallon aquarium with a crack in the bottom (so I guess it's a terrarium now). I was thinking I'd like to put an inch or two of sand at the bottom (I have some leftover from an aquarium), another inch or two of gravel (again, leftover), and about 6-8 inches of potting soil on top of all that. I'm not sure what I should plant though. I have seeds for so many random things: herbs, vegetables, flowers.

The tank is 5 feet long by 1.5 wide so there is a bit of surface area to work with. Should I add more soil to it and plant a bit closer or would it be best to keep it as is and keep the plants thinned out?

I have an aquarium light that is in the correct sun spectrum and a few glass sheets I can lay over top to keep in some humidity. Do you think this sounds like a good setup? Has anybody had any experience with this kind of indoor garden? Any tips?

I also have a bunch of leftover 10 and 20 gallon aquariums that I'd like to try growing in as well but I need more lights. I seem to have a lot of leftover aquarium equipment.

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