I had a small fish tank that was empty. (fish are long gone......)rawbanana wrote:We are going to be setting up our terrarium this weekend. I have been looking online and the setting up looks a little intensive and expensive! I thought all we had to do was throw soil in an aquarium and get a few appropriate plants, but this website is saying I need 4 layers: rock (or coarse sand), then a layer of activated charcoal, then sphagnum moss, THEN soil! Is all that really necessary?
Also, what plants did you get that did well, but were cheap? Thanks!
put colorful aquarium rocks in the bottom
put potting soil over that
set "tropical plants" in that (got from cheap part of walmart garden center)
put glass cover over top.
Later, we ended up using the terrarium in ECC with sweet potato, and/or potato growing, and radish seed experiment at the end after the seeds were going in the cups, even the kiwi seeds at the end of the year. ok, the kiwi seeds did sprout never grew. radish plants grew. tater was getting long root thingsy... and those walmart plants..... one of them is still growing. it even survived an out of state move. it is not a plastic plant.
I did the minimum needed and it worked.
I started the bird seed/radish seed in covered cups to do the experiment. But, they kept growing and we thought it would be fun to put them in the terrarium for a little bit just to watch.rawbanana wrote:I like your nice EASY method =) Are aquarium rocks expensive? dont want to spend alot on this project...
So, we did the bird seed experiment this week (some in a cup of soil, some in a cup of soil w/ saran wrap over top), I could have done THAT in the terrarium (the covered cup one?) that would have been neat! We are going to do the potato experiment this weekend too, we can do that in the terrarium? Or better done in a cup? Thanks!
The potato was started in a terra cotta or plastic potting jar that we had around. But it was transplanted to the terrarium by my youngest child who wanted it there. I don't know why. she just did. But, it was so cool because then we could watch the thing send out it's runners and sprouts and it was fun to watch. It was not intentional to do in the terrarium... it just happened. you have to know my kid. It made sense to her and it worked great for all of us.
I bought cheap aquarium pea gravel. You can get a small bag at places like Petco, walmart for 3-4 dollars. I went for the colorful kind. yeah, it's cheap. You live near me? I still have half of a 2 pound bag.
looking at pictures from back then.. but the only one seems to have our Brazil Carnival costumes with it. These are fun. We used felt squares and decorated them. They fit our stuff animals, a "south american monkey" and a "caiman"... yeah. anyway, even though the animals block part of it, you can see the plant that was inside the tank and the gravel and soil. on the back side of the tank was another plant that was too tall to fit in there.
I really liked doing ECC that year. wow. that's my old house in Indiana when we had the pink walls in the "teacher's lounge".