The Fish Tank Greenhouse

I guess you could call this recycling. My husband’s cousin’s widow gave me a 10 gallon fish tank that she said she was just going to throw away. It was practically brand new and in perfect condition. So, I couldn’t turn it down. The filter that came with it was very poor quality and insufficient for the needs of a fully stocked freshwater tropical fish tank. No wonder they couldn’t keep any fish alive in it. Anyway, after about a year of trying to keep it going with fish they all died and I turned it into a greenhouse for starting my seeds instead of throwing it out. I figured it has the special aquarium/grow light type lamp and it would hold heat and moisture well; it should work.

I used some of the newspaper pots that I made for my winter sowing project for this greenhouse. I fit in 15 rows of 8 mini pots each with orange juice carton pieces as dividers and markers. This is what I planted between April 23-25, 2008:

Date Planted Row # Planted Bought/Rec’vd Type Common Name
4/25/2008 1 4 11/8/2007 Fruit Tomato, Tiger-Like, IND, 70+ DTM
4/23/2008 1 5 11/8/2007 Fruit Tomato, Costoluto Genovese, IND, 90 DTM
4/23/2008 2 4 11/8/2007 Fruit Tomato, Italian Market Wonder, IND, 75 DTM
4/24/2008 2 4 11/8/2007 Fruit Tomato, Olena Ukrainian; IND, 85 DTM
4/23/2008 3 3 11/8/2007 Fruit Tomato, Bonny Best; IND, 72 DTM
4/24/2008 3 3 11/8/2007 Fruit Tomato, Livingston’s Golden Queen, IND, 78 DTM
4/23/2008 3 3 11/8/2007 Fruit Tomato, Cosmonaut Volkov; DET, 75 DTM
4/23/2008 4 9 10/23/2007 Fruit Tomato, Assorted
4/25/2008 5 9 11/8/2007 Fruit Tomato, Marglobe VF, DET, 75 DTM
4/24/2008 6 9 10/23/2007 Fruit Tomato, Speckled Roman Heirloom
4/25/2008 7 9 2003 Fruit Tomatillo, Mexican Husk
4/23/2008 8 9 4/15/2007 Fruit Tomato, Jelly Bean Hybrid, Indeterminate
4/25/2008 9 9 9/30/2007 Fruit Tomato, Delicious
4/25/2008 10 9 2003 Fruit Pepper, Chile Bola
4/25/2008 11 9 2004 Fruit Pepper – Ancho/Poblano
4/25/2008 12 9 2003 Fruit Pepper, Cayenne
4/25/2008 13 9 2004 Fruit Pepper – Jalapeno Early
4/25/2008 14 8 2004 Fruit Pepper – Marconi Red
4/25/2008 15 9 2004 Fruit Pepper – Serrano

 

I watered the whole thing with a pint of water with 2 baby aspirin dissolved in it. Supposedly the aspirin is going to aide in germination and ward off dampening off.

On Monday of this week I was searching through the “barn” and found an old waterproof lamp that’s made for a 15 watt bulb to give heat. I wasn’t going to use it for it’s original enclosure so I brought it in, cleaned it up and hung it inside the fish tank greenhouse as close to the top as I could get it. It keeps the temperature in there a steady 72 F. Both the aquarium light and the heat light are kept on 24-7.

It’s paid off already. I was misting the little pots and noticed that I have three sprouts – 1 of the Marglobe Tomato and 2 of the Speckled Roman Heirloom Tomatoes. In the picture you can barely see them so I’ve circled them in green. Hopefully once their baby leaves unfurl I’ll get a better picture. Not bad for only 5 full days in the tank and 3 under the heatlamp. 😀

Lucero De La Tierra (1066 Posts)

I'm a mom of two beautiful little girls, stay-at-home mom and blogger. I write about things that affect the everyday life of a stay-at-home parent or any parent for that matter such as parenting, relationships, discipline, the media, product reviews, giveaways, social media, food, cooking, gardening and anything else that might come my way.


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