Re: Terrariums - Aquariums

Robert Allen (Robert.Allen@Eng.Sun.COM)
Tue, 26 Apr 1994 12:43:41 +0800

>>I am thinking about building up a terrarium. Now I can either buy an
>>aquarium with pumps and filters and rocks, or just go out and buy
>>glass and a tube of silicone sealant.
>>Is there any good use for the pump, filter, etc. that comes with an
>>aquarium in a terrarium? Such as filtering water in the tank. It
>>may all depend what I put in it, and how wet I plan to keep it.
>>How important is temperature? I have a waterbed heater that coms
>>with a temp. probe to control temperature acurately.

Unless money is the over-riding concern, I'd either buy a brand
new aquarium (w/out the filter), or even better, try to find a used
one. For basic CP you don't need a heater: the growlights will heat
a closed terrarium up a lot. I was gifted with a 55 gal aquarium which
I use for my lowland Nepenthes. I had a piece of 1/4" glass cut to use
as a lid (leaving about 1" space for air circulation) and I lay the lights
on top of that. It works very well.