So, what to do with a 29 gallon tank and stand?
First of all... I drained the water. It was full to the top, I luckily remembered to take this picture mid-draining.
Then, I flattened out the rocks and cleaned the glass.
I added about one inch of sphagnum moss (was surprised to find it at Home Depot of all places fairly cheap!) on top of the rocks. Then, a bunch of potting soil. Then, I started planting little indoor plants. I also put the fish rocks and decor back in between some of the plants for added drama.
Here you can see (from left to right):
"Creeping Fig" Ficus, "Silver Tree" Pilea, Polka Dot plant, and Spider plant in the back right
On the left side we have (from left to right):
"Magenta" Dracaena, African Violet, and I have a bit of Christmas Cactus behind the horse
After everything was planted I gave it a generous watering until I could start to see some of the water making it's way down to the rocks.
I really think this is going to be a great transition for me to indoor gardening over the winter.
I know, it's only August... I shouldn't be talking about winter. But I am. This should make those cold winter months more manageable. I hope.
I am going to see how these plants make out for a bit. Hoping they are all hardy and low light enough to thrive. I was also thinking about adding a few aromatic plants like mint or oregano.
And there you have it! I now get to tend to my very own little terrarium -- we are only on day three, I'll be sure to let you know how it fairs.
Also, here is a shopping list in case you also have an old aquarium laying around that you want to set up as a terrarium:
- old aquarium - I used my old aquarium... doesn't mean a new one wouldn't work. You can also look for other containers. Really the sky is the limit on what can become a terrarium.small rocks/pebbles
- small rocks/pebbles - these are also used for drainage. If you had a fish aquarium, then by all means use the same fish rocks.
- small indoor plants - I found "Angel Plants" to be good ones for low-medium light and the bonus is they purify air too!! These ran me about $2-3 a plant. I also looked around at my current house plants and clipped a few pieces of the spider plant and Christmas cactus to include.
- potting soil/dirt
- Sphagnum moss - this is optional; but seems to really help the plants from getting too dry. I managed to cover the whole surface for about $4.
- decor - anything goes for this too. I used a plastic horse, fish rocks from the aquarium I had previously kept, and that rad skull which also came from the aquarium.
Let's go garden!!