The meaning of terrariums really has changed quite a bit over the years. Where can your creations stand against the more traditional idea of a fish tank? which would have our little plastic plant terrarium that situates against our kitchen counter? how about having a water garden? have your own little plant terrarium which enjoy spending time in, the lighting is great, and it actually has interesting shapes to it.
Before we discuss the importance of this type of design for terrariums, let us first define what a terrarium is. It is a glass or acrylic container with a cover over its base so the plant or animals within will not be destroyed by direct sunlight. The use of gravel to create this type of habitat has been around for decades. Terrestrial gardens are thought to date back to German beer gardens which usually had at least one grotto type design. In the United States the term “neudecker” was popularized by German immigrants who brought their style of gardening to America.
Since these designs were first introduced to the American market they have become rather popular. They are available in a variety of sizes, shapes, colors, and materials including terrarium glass, wood, stone, metals, and neudes. So now that we have defined what a terrarium is and how it differs from other types of tanks available we can move on to the real question. What does a terrarium design have to offer you as a hobbyist or even professionally?
First off the scientific explanation as to the meaning of terrariums is quite simple. A terrarium is simply a container that contains live plants, sand, gravel, rocks, and/or other toys. You can place anything you want inside except for bacteria and other harmful creatures that can cause harm to your fish. These are often referred to as being a bit twisted or distorted due to the way the plants and other toys are put in the terrarium. This is done in an attempt to mimic the effect that these objects would have if they were in their true natural environments.
As you may be able to tell from the definition above, terrariums are not actually a very popular option for people to purchase for their homes. This is probably because the typical terrarium design is a bit twisted and out of place in a living environment. Many people are looking for a more scientifically accurate, natural, or classic concept for their aquariums. These terrariums are not always the shape and size of a traditional fish tank and are usually either black or gray with lots of plant life and other fake or real decorations on them.
Black or gray terrariums are often referred to as “diverting” or “scape architecture.” A diverting design is one that is designed in a way so that it does not utilize any space in the home. These designs can be used to add dimension to a home and are also used by landscape architects as a way of providing extra living space for people. Landscape architects can use these designs by creating different levels of rooms, apartments, and even condominiums.
Brendan tanks are also an example of a landscape architecture design. Brendan tanks are tanks used for breeding purposes and are often used in homes, hotels, and businesses as a way of heating and cooling water. The tank is usually placed in a location that allows the water to be continuously heated. A diverting design is not used with a Brendan tank, which is a design where the tank is placed in an area where there is limited space for the water to heat or cool.
Other terrarium designs include the aqua formicarium, the omni nest vertical, and the vivarium. The aqua formicarium is a design that allows the water to grow in a closed interior space that has similar characteristics to an underwater environment; this type of design allows for growth of both plants and animals. The omni nest vertical is a design that is similar to the design of an aquarium but is not a closed system like the aqua formicarium.