Aqua worx iota
the 'diy mini terrarium'

Aqua Worx Iota
the diy mini terrarium

The Aqua Worx Iota glass container allows you to create low-maintenance, space-saving, and simply beautiful mini scapes. This humidity-controlled glass container comes with a unique concaved lid that creates an ideal environment for tropical plants to grow and thrive! Are you ready to create your own DIY mini terrarium? 

OBTAIN YOUR IOTA

The design of the Iota was inspired by the basic principles of terrariums. The Iota specializes in providing a high humidity environments, that couples well with its unique concaved lid that creates a natural drip system and provides the perfect environment for growing tropical plants. Now available in Short or Tall.

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aquarium substrate

CHOOSE YOUR SUBSTRATE

Virtually any substrate can be used in your Iota mini terrarium. A high quality nutrient-rich soil, such as UNS Controsoil, provides vital nutrients for any root feeding plants. Natural Sand is perfect for creating a natural aesthetic. Crushed Lava Gravel is great for providing drainage if necessary.  

PICK YOUR HARDSCAPE

A strong hardscape layout is key to an overall well-structured and visually pleasing Iota setup. Luckily, with our large selection of aquascaping stones and wood, creating a beautiful setup is a breeze. Hint: When ordering hardscape, leave the desired dimensions of your hardscape in the customer notes of your order and our team will be happy to accommodate.

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low tech aquarium plants

SELECT YOUR FLORA

The Iota creates the perfect environment for wide range of humidity-loving plants, such as terrarium plants and aquarium plants that can be grown emersed. Tissue culture plants are a great choice because the plants are in their emersed form and smaller in size. Make sure to read the care & lighting requirements for each plant you choose. Tip: When selecting plants, keep the Iota's size in mind to prevent ordering plants that may outgrow the container. 

OR MAKE IT EASY

Want to create a slice of nature but don't know where to start? We got you. The Aqua Worx Iota Kit will have everything you need to get started on your own mini terrarium. The kit will come ready to set up with the container, hardscape, substrate, and a mix of easy-to-care-for plants.

aqua worx iota kit

OBTAIN YOUR IOTA

The design of the Iota was inspired by the basic principles of terrariums. The Iota specializes in providing a high humidity environments, that couples well with its unique concaved lid that creates a natural drip system and provides the perfect environment for growing tropical plants. Now available in Short or Tall.

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aquarium soilaquarium gravelaquarium sand

CHOOSE YOUR SUBSTRATE

Virtually any substrate can be used in your Iota mini terrarium. A high quality nutrient-rich soil, such as UNS Controsoil, provides vital nutrients for any root feeding plants. Natural Sand is perfect for creating a natural aesthetic. Crushed Lava Gravel is great for providing drainage if necessary.  

PICK YOUR HARDSCAPE

A strong hardscape layout is key to an overall well-structured and visually pleasing Iota setup. Luckily, with our large selection of aquascaping stones and wood, creating a beautiful setup is a breeze. Hint: When ordering hardscape, leave the desired dimensions of your hardscape in the customer notes of your order and our team will be happy to accommodate.

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aquarium mossbucephalandra

SELECT YOUR FLORA

The Iota creates the perfect environment for wide range of humidity-loving plants, such as terrarium plants and aquarium plants that can be grown emersed. Tissue culture plants are a great choice because the plants are in their emersed form and smaller in size. Make sure to read the care & lighting requirements for each plant you choose. Tip: When selecting plants, keep the Iota's size in mind to prevent ordering plants that may outgrow the container. 

OR MAKE IT EASY

Want to create a slice of nature but don't know where to start? We got you. The Aqua Worx Iota Kit will have everything you need to get started on your own mini terrarium. The kit will come ready to set up with the container, hardscape, substrate, and a mix of easy-to-care-for plants.

iota kitlow tech aquarium plants

The Aqua Worx Iota glass container allows you to create low-maintenance, space-saving, and simply beautiful mini scapes. This humidity-controlled glass container creates an ideal environment for tropical plants to grow and thrive! Are you ready to create your own DIY mini terrarium? 

obtain your iota

The design of the Iota was inspired by the basic principles of terrariums. The Iota specializes in providing a high humidity environments, that couples well with its unique concaved lid that creates a natural drip system and provides the perfect environment for growing tropical plants. Now available in Short or Tall.

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choose your substrate

Virtually any substrate can be used in your Iota mini terrarium. A high quality nutrient-rich soil, such as UNS Controsoil, provides vital nutrients for any root feeding plants. Natural Sand is perfect for creating a natural aesthetic. Crushed Lava Gravel is great for providing drainage if necessary.  

aquarium soilaquarium gravelAQUARIUM SAND

pick your Hardscape

A strong hardscape layout is key to an overall well-structured and visually pleasing Iota setup. Luckily, with our large selection of aquascaping stones and wood, creating a beautiful setup is a breeze. Hint: When ordering hardscape, leave the desired dimensions of your hardscape in the customer notes of your order and our team will be happy to accommodate.

aquascaping pacific woodaquascaping seiryu stoneaquascaping dragon stone
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anubias nana petiteaquarium mossbucephalandra

select your flora

The Iota creates the perfect environment for wide range of humidity-loving plants, such as terrarium plants and aquarium plants that can be grown emersed. Tissue culture plants are a great choice because the plants are in their emersed form and smaller in size. Make sure to read the care & lighting requirements for each plant you choose. Tip: When selecting plants, keep the Iota's size in mind to prevent ordering plants that may outgrow the container. 

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or MAKE IT EASY

Want to create a slice of nature but don't know where to start? We got you. The Aqua Worx Iota Kit will have everything you need to get started on your own mini terrarium. The kit will come ready to set up with the container, hardscape, substrate, and a mix of easy-to-care-for plants.

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step-by-step setup + CARE

STEP 1 - Substrate

Wipe the Iota clean of dust and fingerprints with a microfiber towel before adding about 1-2" of substrate. Substrate can be laid flat in a traditional style, or at an angle to create a slope and utilize the vertical space. If you are using a thick layer sand, you may add a small layer of crushed lava gravel underneath for drainage.

STEP 2 - Hardscape

Place your hardscape as desired. Play with different combinations of stone and wood to find what looks best! Hint: The Iota Kit will already include a mix of perfectly sized stone and wood pieces that allow you plenty of layout options. 

STEP 3 - Plants

Plant your plants as desired. UNS Pinsettes make for easier planting and allow you to reach the bottom of the Iota. Attach epiphytic plants to hardscape by simply placing, using small dabs of super glue, or tying with string. You may need to remove and replace hardscape during this process. Important: Mist your plants occasionally in order to prevent any drying out while planting! 

STEP 4 - Water

Spray your new Iota with water. Make sure the substrate is completely saturated and the plants have been thoroughly misted. Flood only so the water line meets the substrate level (but no more) to avoid the growth of algae.

STEP 5 - Display

Display your Iota. It is recommended to keep it underneath an LED light (like the ONF Flat Nano+ Stand Light) with a timer set for 8 hours a day. This will ensure the maximum health and growth of your plants. For an Iota setup with only low-tech plants, you can place it next to a window that gets a lot of sunlight if desired.

STEP 6 - Maintain

To maintain your Iota, mist the plants thoroughly about once every 1-2 weeks. You will be the best judge of when your Iota needs to be misted! If your plants look dry or the substrate is not thoroughly saturated, then it's time to mist. Remove lid completely and set aside for a maximum of 30 minutes about once a week to provide aeration for plants.

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if you have any questions

Please feel free to reach out to the Buce Plant team at any time with questions. We would love to help! Connect with our team of professional aquascapers by sending a DM on Instagram (@buceplant), Facebook, OR email us directly at support@buceplant.com.