World's First Closed Terrarium in an Aquarium

09 Jun 2018 12:08 5,252
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Yo dawg I herd you like terrariums so we put a terrarium in yo aquarium so you can terrarium while you aquarium. Thanks for introduction Xzibit, now let's make the world's first closed terrarium in an aquarium! Many of you have requested this build and here it finally is. I really hope you enjoy it because I think it's some of my best work yet.

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- Information on Sealing the Jar -
In this demonstration, I used a jar that already comes with a gasket and it worked great. However, what if you can't get a hold of this jar or want to use something else? Well if your using a container that is sealed with a cork, you can simply use a “Rubber Stopper.” If you already have container with a lid and it's not leak proof, then you can use the DIY rubber gasket, shown in the video. If none of those options interest you, then you could also make a DIY Oogoo cap. If done properly, I have no doubt that it would work. More information on each item in the links below.

Jar Used in the Video

Example of Rubber Stoppers

Rubber for DIY Gasket

Learn How to Make an Oogoo Lid

I also recommend that you only use a glass jar. Silicone doesn't readily adhere to plastic, but it sure does work for glass! On that, any sort of 100% silicone (I usually use GE Silicone I) will work fine for this application. Also, you'll do best to stick with a plastic lid, if you're using something ready-made. Metal lids or anything that will contaminate the water column are not advised.

Below is a complete list of the plants used in this video. I know that many of you will ask where I get my plants. Most of the plants used in the terrarium were sourced locally. The aquarium plants on the other hand were purchased at a few local fish stores and given to yours truly by Justin at H2O Plants. I met up with Justin a few months back to build a terrarium. In return he gave me some of the awesome plants in this video, such as the Hygrophila polysperma 'Sunset' (which you most likely won't be able to obtain in the US, given the nature of this plant). Anyways check out the link below to see what plants he has (this isn't a sponsored video and he didn't ask me to plug this).

Anubias barteri 'Short & Sharp'
Anubias nana 'Petite'
Baby Tears
Badge Moss
Bolbitis heteroclita 'Difformis'
Bucephalandra 'Arrogate Blue'
Bucephalandra 'Wavy Green'
Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Red'
Dwarf Aquarium Lily
Ficus pumila 'Quercifolia'
Guppy Grass
Hygrophila difformis
Hygrophila polysperma 'Sunset'
Hypnum Moss
Java Fern
Java Moss
Marimo Moss Ball
Sphagnum Moss
Star Moss
Thread Moss

- What Happened to my Fish? -
So I'll keep this brief, but basically here's what happened with my fish. A few months back when it started getting warmer I had to go on a business trip. Before doing so, I did the usual maintenance on all of my aquariums, but something was off with the ones that require warm water. That said, I also have two cold water setups, which weren't affected by this issue. Anyways, I noticed that water was coming out of tap with a lot of white particles in it or that's what it looked like at least. Unfortunately I couldn't find my test kit and I didn't have time to get one because I was leaving the day after.

I was concerned for my fish, but I let the aquariums alone and hoped that the water just needed to clear up. The next day, which was the day I left, the aquariums looked perfectly clear. So I left for my trip, with some peace of mind. However, upon my return I was greeted by a betta and knife fish that had passed. Those were really the only two sensitive fish that I had and unfortunately they are now lost. It's sad, but it's a reality that comes with these hobbies.

When I returned, I did maintenance again and nothing was wrong with the water this time. So once I got a chance to finally test it, nothing seemed out of the ordinary and I haven't had issues since. I trust my brother did take of the animals well, so I strongly believe that this was due to the water. I don't know if the township did something different with the water because of the weather change or if there was something up with my water heater, etc. If you've had this issue before, leave a comment about it below. I've never seen something like it before in the 11 years I've kept fish and they were seemingly healthy the days before my departure.

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