I love having green things in my house, unfortunately so does my wife's cat (he thinks he is a vegetarian). So when my beardie outgrew this aquarium, I knew I needed to do something with it. Then along came the contest, and I had to enter!
Step 1: Gather Materials
Things you need:
- 1-10 gallon aquarium. I purchased mine from Craigslist.com for $10. I got my use out of it while my beardie was growing. :)
- 1 gallon or so of HydroBalls. I got mine from the local hydroponics store; a 50 pound bag was $30ish.
- Screen - common household screen, left over from making some screens.
- Substrate mix - I mixed some sand from my yard and some potting soil we had laying around the yard from another gardening project.
- Plants - whatever you would like. I have several I purchased at HomeDepot, as well as some ferns from my yard.
- Decorations - again, whatever you would like. I have an old bird house that was never used (I ultimately decided that it is too big for the tank) and a garden gnome from the Dollar Store.
Step 2: Clean the Tank
Like I said, the tank I used had my bearded dragon in it. I scraped some tape residue from the outside and cleaned inside and out with Windex. Make sure to rinse it well.
Step 3: Put in False Bottom
Take your HydroBalls or pebbles or whatever you have around and put about a half inch layer in the bottom of the tank. This is to give any excess water a place to go, so your plant roots are not sitting in water.
Step 4: Add Dirt
I put down a piece of screen, so that there is a permeable barrier between the HydroBalls and the dirt. We want to keep the roots out of the water....
Step 5: Arrange Plants
Arrange your plants until they suit you. I left the Schefflera in the pot, as it will likely become too big to fit comfortably in the tank. But that's OK, because in the next step I am going to add mulch.