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By blacktrap
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Joined:  Thu Apr 16, 2009 5:56 pm
So i have this 6 gallon aquarium tank I got free from work because it was cracked and can't hold water without risk of the crack shattering the glass. It's really nice and I don't want to get rid of it and it have a nice uv light in it. I was wondering if It could be used to make a plant terrarium?

I've kept a frog before but due to a freak escape he ended up dying.
But I still have the fogger and a waterfall from when I had him that might add to the look of a terrarium? I'm not sure it I want carnivores plants or not since I may not be able to get sufficient amounts of flys to feed them. If I'm keeping plants though, i'd like something thats a bit of a challenge but that could grown well in the tank (i don't mind trimming the plants back to keep them a good size for the tank.

Is there any way to set the tank up as kinda like a 'scenery'? I was thinking rain-forest plants might spark my interest a bit. I like 'odd ball plants' If anyones willing to kinda help me out with this I'd be very thankful.
By lozone31
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Joined:  Tue Apr 07, 2009 11:36 pm
Well carnivorous plant will grow well in a terrarium because it will have a high humidity and if you keep the UV lights on them they will be happy. And to be honest Venus Fly Traps dont need a lot of flys to live usually they get 2-3 a month and they are good. They get most of their energy from photosynthesis.

As far as the scenery things goes, I can't help ya there, I mean I think that Venus Fly Traps and Sundews look pretty good!!
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Hi blacktrap,

For the setup you want to do, I'd recommend Nepenthes plants, and non-hardy sundews (like pygmy sundews).
They're both carnivorous, and I don't know much about other tropical plants.
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By Matt
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Feeding carnivorous plants in the terrarium will be the least of your problems. Typically they'll succumb to mold or fungal infections when grown in a terrarium. Also, Venus flytraps (and I think most carnivorous plants) can survive indefinitely without ever catching an insect. They won't be at their best health, but they definitely can be extremely healthy if they just get a lot of good light.

I think Niels gave you a great suggestion with trying out Nepenthes in the terrarium. They don't like their roots to be in standing water, so that means you can keep them a little on the dryer side and possibly mitigate your chances of getting mold or fungus started in the terrarium.
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