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low light recomendations?

This is a discussion on low light recomendations? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Here is my fish tank, it only cost $10. There is no top, so I ...

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    Here is my fish tank, it only cost $10. There is no top, so I took out the plexiglass from a picture frame and cut to the size of the tank and place it on the top. I left the cover open a little so fresh air can go in, also the humidity won't get too high. You notice I also had a muffin fan in it. I am thinking to build a bigger one on my own. I found the right plexiglass in those big box stores, if I can get them to cut it for me, it will be doable.

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    yeah, i could definately set something like that up

    what i have, specifically, is a box with a light adjustable over a tray full of water (over a gallon), with slats to put plants on. it was a gift, and it works pretty well, but the light just isn't bright enough for the plants i want to work on. but i could box the whole thing in with plexiglass, it would be pretty easy, and it should get the humidity way up...

    i'll set it up with some other plastic today, to see if it works as well as it does in my imgination.

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    P1, even with humidifiers I have trouble keeping the winter humidity at 40% on the coldest of days (that's when it will fall the lowest: cold=less humid.) Also for the Pleuros, you'll need to be careful of how hot things get on the hottest of summer days. Many won't tolerate the heat at all.

    I strongly suggest consulting with a Pleuro breeder and getting his or her suggestions for what plants will do best in the environment you're going to create. They can advise you on what species or hybrids are best suited to your conditions. PM me if you like a couple of names of reliable nurseries I've bought from.

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    well, i set up my light box with some plastic sheeting, and today, after about 24 hours of being closed up, the humidity in there is right at 80%. with plexiglass and sealer instead of plastic sheeting and tape, i'm sure it woudl only be better.

    we keep it pretty cold up here in the summer (right around 70), and that makes it pretty hard to get the humidity up, too. but, on the other hand, it has been raining alot lately, so the 80% thing might just be a fluke. i'm going to leave that setup set up for a while to see, i guess.

    what about pansy types, miltonia? they don't need quite as much humidity, and they have always been some of my favorite blosoms. if i can keep them around 60% will they be happy? AOS says 70%, no less no more, and i could keep that close, but 60% i can for sure do.

    thanks again, everybody

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    Milts like humidity, but they also like cool growing conditions.

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    so would 60% be enough? or maybe with regular misting?

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    I find that the biggest problem using glass casses like aquariums is not so much humidity, but air stagnantion. Without air movement (and I'm talking about something that you can feel move), you can have 50% humidity with water droplets all over your orchids and rot them. You need to be able to evaporate the water from those exposed roots and crowns before the start growing mold. After you have figured out how to dry your 'chids up quickly, you can then mist them as often as you like.
    For example. In my vivarium, I mist the tank a few times a day, but then I have a computer fan that comes on and dries everything in about an hour. Then that turns off, and the humidity slowly rises again. A few hours later, I mist again, and the fan comes on etc..... For the safety of keeping rot away, I keep the fan on from 8P.M. to 2 A.M., and then it starts again at around 4 A.M. till 7 A.M. and intermitent throughout the day. I have automatic sprinklers, so they come on just before the lights come on, then again about an hour later. Nothing till the afternoon, and depending on the season, again in the evening about 1 or 2 hours before lights out. I always have the fan turn on before lights out to make sure everything has evaporated before long dark of night. So this way I keep everything hydrated and rot free.
    I was trying to keep a Platystele stenostachya in that tank, but the moss around it strated getting mold. I had to move it to a drier tank with more, yes MORE ventilation . Go figure.
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    I have my Masdevallia in my fish tank. I also install a fan in the tank that is on 24 hrs a day. I have a water dump connected to the tank and it waters the plant once a day for 1 minute. I found that once a day of watering is not enough for the mounted one. So I added more moss to the mount. I don't like to water them twice a day since it will run out of the water too fast (I only have a 1 gallon bucket to hold the clean water), and when the reservoi is empty, I have to put the pump into the tank to pump the excessive water out which is a pain to me. For those potted plants in the tank, I just hand water them, probably once every 2 or 3 days.

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    That sounds pretty good Qing.

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    it does sound pretty cool, you both have pretty elaborate stuff set up

    does anybody have any experiance with milts? those are looking like maybe my best plan

    EDIT: or maybe i should start a thread to ask about those specifically, and see if thats what i want..

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