Growing environments are very personal. You grow the plants the way you can grow the plants. ICPS members grow their plants everywhere from natural bogs in their back yards to a dish in a window sill. The trick is to figure out which carnivorous plants will grow well in the conditions you have.
This shelf garden has lights mounted above it. The lights are on all day and provide light for the kitchen as well as the plants. No terrarium needed.
Carnivorous plants in the house
You too can grow carnivores on that window sill.
I think this terrarium works MUCH better than an aquarium. But you do have to make it yourself and having a table saw helps.
Butler, David E. (1987) A Rainforest in the Basement: Nepenthes Cultivation Under Lights. Carniv. Pl. Newslett. 16(3):83-87 ( PDF )
D'Amato, Peter (1996) The savage garden: The potted terrarium. Carniv. Pl. Newslett. 25(4):103-105 ( PDF )
Wilder, Mike (2001) Refining the terrarium: alternative techniques for the indoor gardener. Carniv. Pl. Newslett. 30(1):21-25 ( PDF )
D'Amato, Peter (1997) The Savage Garden Windowsill Growing. Carniv. Pl. Newslett. 26(1):20-23 ( PDF )
Potted carnivorous plants outside
A huge pot of Sarracenia growing on a patio or deck is one of the most lovely sights I can imagine. Well, or at least, among the set of plants that you could grow on a patio...
Snelling, Gordon (1991) CP without a greenhouse. Carniv. Pl. Newslett. 20(4):98-99 ( PDF )
George, Richard H. (1994) Growing carnivorous plants in a semi-arid climate. Carniv. Pl. Newslett. 23(2):38-40 ( PDF )
Hanley, Thomas W. (1995) The truth about carnivorous plants is hard to find. Carniv. Pl. Newslett. 24(2):35-39 (PDF )
D'Amato, Peter (1995) The savage garden: 'How to torture a carnivorous plant'. Carniv. Pl. Newslett. 24(4):99-102 (PDF )
D'Amato, Peter (1996) The savage garden: Mini-bogs. Carniv. Pl. Newslett. 25(3):63-66 ( PDF )
In-ground Bog Gardens
Growing Sarracenia, temperate Drosera, and Dionaea outside year round in cold climates.
Chris relates his experiences with a back yard bog in the Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, area. The bog is probably history now as he moved to Alberta.
Song, Leo C. (1984) CP Bog at the Fullerton Arboretum. Carniv. Pl. Newslett. 13(4):91-94 ( PDF )