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Total beginner, wanting to get started

Hey guys, I have 1.5 gallon hex that will be open soon (Once I pull all the plants out of it and replant them in my 10 gallon)

I want to turn it into a Terrarium or Paludarium, but don't have ANY idea where to start. I want to put a minimal amount of money into this, so this is what I have to work with.

1.5 hex tank w/ lid (optional)
Hood w/light (optional)
Lamp (Instead of hood/light)
Toms Aquatic Dive Clean Mini Filter (for filter or just for water flow)

Does not having a heater make this impossible? I am not opposed to making this a native only tank either, if I did that, I am assuming they would be OK without a heater since they are native to the northwest.

What type of soil should I use? Would just regular EcoComplete work? Since I have a lot of it that would be my 1st choice. Do I need fertilizers?

I'm sure more questions will pop up.

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No heater will only keep you from keeping foreign plants. As for native plants, you may still have to have a heater depending on how cold your house/apartment get during winter.

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It might drop into the high 50s MAYBE. I would guess closer to mid-60s. I also don't have to worry about humidity, right? Since their natural habitat isn't humid?
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I'd apply some humidity in the tank depending on the humidity in your house/apartment.
One thing that I would keep in mind, I'm pretty sure that water get slightly colder than room temp. Maybe 5 to 10 degrees.
To be honest with you I'm not really an expert on terrariums but I am setting two up for day geckos. So I will be able in some ways. Try http://dendroboard.com for better help.

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