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By Wood1988
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Joined:  Tue Jul 14, 2020 10:36 am
Hi All.

I'm planning on setting up a carnivorous plant terrarium using an old fish tank and I was wondering if you could give me some advice.

The tank I am going to use is a small 'Aquael' tank with a lid (example link coming shortly) as it contained a goldfish in it a few months ago.

My questions are:

1) how do I ensure airflow as the only hole is the feeding hatch in the lid and I don't have the money/skill to modify the tank further?

2)Is the 15watt T8 lihgt sufficient or do I need to replace the bulb with something more suitable?

3) I am intending to plant my Cape sundew in there once its fully restored to health (i nearly killed it a few weeks ago) do you have any noncarnivorous plant suggestions as my venus flytrap and Sarracenia Purpurea Venosa need dormncy?

Many thanks and kind regards Carl Wood.

PS: Here is the fishtank I have:
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By Shadowtski
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Joined:  Tue Mar 22, 2016 8:19 am
I grow a lot of my CP in old aquariums.
Most of mine are 10 Gallon sized, just a little smaller than yours.
I do not cover the top of the tank.
I use an 4000-5000 lumen LED light shaped like an old 4 foot fluorescent light.
These produce more light and less heat than fluorescent fixtures.
The light just sits on top of the enclosure.
I also wrap the tank on 3 sides with aluminum foil to minimize light loss.
I leave the plants potted and keep 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch of water in the bottom of the tank.

Just my 02¢ worth.
Good growing
By Wood1988
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Joined:  Tue Jul 14, 2020 10:36 am
Hi Mike.

Just like to add that there are slits in the rear of the lid, would these also keep the terrarium open?

Also I'd like to emphasise the fact that I am unable to sit the lid on top of the tank the way you suggested as I don't have the supplies or the ability to do so.
By Wood1988
Posts:  76
Joined:  Tue Jul 14, 2020 10:36 am
Nepenthes grows too tall for my space requirements (unless there are any ground based ones).

I might purchase a Drosera Adelae later along with another 'Queensland Sister'.

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