It's like a magical indoor fairy garden for the little ones and an interesting ecological experiment for the older kids


  • 1 Old fish tank, ability to hold water not essential
  • 1 Bucket of sand
  • 1 Peat moss block
  • 1 Selection of plants


  1. Soak your peat moss block in water as directed and mix a little with you sand in approximately a 50-50 ratio.
  2. Lay a layer of this mix on the bottom of your tank and top with a layer of moss. Plant your selection of plants, epiphytes and ferns do very well in terrariums
  3. Allow adequate ventilation and light, near a window is perfect and spray with water regularly


You may need a uv light if sunlight is limited, visit a pet shop to find these

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  • mle00
    • 02 Mar 2014
      1:42 am

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  • Pretty much a terrarium. My dad had one with fly catching plants inside. Fun to watch but you need to be dedicated to keep it alive. If it dries out, it’s dead


  • The fairies would love to come and live there!


  • Lovely way to recycle my old fish tank. Thank you for the idea.


  • I have a fish tank empty so your idea is perfect! Thanks.


  • Time to put our old fishtanks to a creative use – will look fab!


  • this is a really simple idea


  • A very cool idea to reinvent something old.


  • What a really great idea! Thanks for sharing this!


  • This looks absolutley amazing I love it


  • An interesting idea; looks great and would be fun to create so thanks for sharing!.


  • You can often pick up a fish tank at tendering stores


  • Love his idea and you could hide all sorts of treasure in there for the kids to find, thank you for the starting idea


  • It looks so magical – kids would love it, and would especially love watering their garden with spray bottles!


  • and also thanks for posting this great idea


  • My fish tank is sitting empty in the corner of the room…now I have motivation to actually do something with it!


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