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Converting a planted aquarium to a terrarium?

Has anyone ever tried to convert a planted aquarium into a terrarium? I have a 6 gallon Eheim planted that no longer houses any fish but has a lot of plants in it. I am thinking of siphoning an inch of water out daily and converting it into a terrarium. Would the plants completely melt? The aquarium has simple plants in it - A lot of Crypts, Anubias, Java Fern and Buce. Substrate is Eco-Complete. If anyone has any experience or input - I would appreciate it. Thanks!
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Wait, you're trying to keep those plants in a terrarium setup? If so, then you'd need some saran wrap to keep the moisture in. I turned my little 2.5 aquascape into a terrarium but I didn't use any aquarium plants.

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Has anyone ever tried to convert a planted aquarium into a terrarium? I have a 6 gallon Eheim planted that no longer houses any fish but has a lot of plants in it. I am thinking of siphoning an inch of water out daily and converting it into a terrarium. Would the plants completely melt? The aquarium has simple plants in it - A lot of Crypts, Anubias, Java Fern and Buce. Substrate is Eco-Complete. If anyone has any experience or input - I would appreciate it. Thanks!
I never tried, never thought about it, never heard about, however, i would take all the water at once but, like a swamp, leave the substrate completely wet with 1cm of water above it for now, see how plants react but you would have to have some type of moisture if you take the water 100% out of the tank.

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Yes, I would like to keep the plants in the aquarium - they are already rooted and established. The Eheim tank has a glass lid with very minimal air escaping. Do you think I should use saran wrap just to be safe?

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The Eheim tank has a glass lid with very minimal air escaping. Do you think I should use saran wrap just to be safe?
Should work!

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All of the plants you mentioned are used in vivariums so yes it will work. I agree you need a lid. Ideally you want humidity in there somewhere in the high 70s to mid 80 percentile. More then that and your glass will get so much condensation that you won't be able to see your plants. Folks using aquariums as viviariums frequently employ small computer fans on timers so their glass will have less condensation and their plants get some air movement. Since you are using an existing aquarium your substrate should have lots of nutrients left in it from fish poop etc. If this were a clean tank with brand new substrate you would also need to add fertilizer. As it stands you should add something to your misting water anyway so your epiphytes can get what they need.

I would not leave any standing water on the surface of the substrate though. That water will be subject to all of the same problems that any unfiltered water in an aquarium has. In other words you would be inviting algae and with nothing to clean it either. Fortunately you can simply drain the water to just below the surface of the substrate and avoid that issue. Since most of the plants you mentioned are epiphytes you will also need to mist these plants at least once a day and probably more in the weeks after you drain the water. A few squirts from a hand or pump sprayer will work fine for this.

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