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terrarium, vivarium, orchidarium :)

This is a discussion on terrarium, vivarium, orchidarium :) within the OrchidTalk Members Grow Area - Photos forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Soo now I took the step and build myself the closet thing I can get ...

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    Default terrarium, vivarium, orchidarium :)

    Soo now I took the step and build myself the closet thing I can get to a greenhouse in the appartment. I bought all the glass and assembled it all on our dining table still waiting for the front pieces to arrive..

    The background is made from expansion foam with roots and cork bark covered with aquarium silicone and coco nut fibres. Still need to get the bottom done here to

    I have installed to computer fans - you can see the "cave" for one of them on the second picture.

    Now here's what I would like to know: Which plants should (could) I put in there?? I've recently bought a Phal. lobbii and dend. kingianum which are going.. And I've got some mini catts. to and perhaps a paph or two at the bottom. The "tank" is 6 feet tall so I can get a good temperature and light difference from top to bottom.
    I was thinkin some bulbophyllum and masd. but which are easy growers and pretty to?


    Christian (who is getting two teeth pulled tommorow )

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    Sorry to hear about the tooth-removal!

    Looks pretty neat, Christian. One issue you may have with lighting, however, is getting enough light to the bottom without frying the plants at the top -- 6 feet is a long way for light to travel & not lose a lot of intensity. Is that a fan near the bottom of the case in the first picture? Considering the height of the case overall you will likely need one there.

    Will you be watering it with a spray bottle or are you installing a misting system?

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    Wow, that is a beautiful creation there!
    I have to agree with pavel. Some spot lights on the bottom has would be helpful.

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    Yeah I've been wondering about that lighting issue to I think I'll have a look when I get the first flourecents in there, and the decide what to do. For now the plan is to buy some spot light bulbs and se how that goes.

    I'm starting out with a hand mister but I'm planning on constructing a misting system from the nossles of some hand misters (I found out that a terrarium misting system costs allmost as much as the rest of the tank so far.. and I'm a poor student :P)

    It is a fan there at the bottom.. For now I have them both set on the same power supply but if I get to high temperatures at the top I might put them on individual ones since the top one will have to be turned on more often than the bottom one It's a learning experience for me so I don't mind ajusting stuff as I go. Thank you for your input - suggestions as to how I can solve the potential lighting "problem" are more than welcome.

    Christian

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    I just bought a misting bump (Diaphragm Pump) with $50. This bump needs a 12vdc/6A power supply which will be another $19. The misting system will need a 1 minute resolution timer which I already have, otherwise would cost $20. Some tubing and spraying nozzles and connectors which would add another $30-50. Overall still cheaper than those on the market.

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    Looks good. I hope you get all the lighting and misting issues worked out.

    Cheers,
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    Looks really cool, get some aerangis species for it!

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    Woa, your vivarium looks GREAT!!! Some great skills there!

    I am sure many miniature species will do great in there. Aerangis, masdies, phalaenopsis species, even some tolumnia species (oncidium equitants) should do well!
    Cheers. Hoa.

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    Thank you all for your comments and inputs! I just bough and set up the lighting today - two flourecents and one spot light bulb 50W - I'm affraid that I will have to keep the chids away from the top since it gets quite warm just holding my hand there.. The arrival of the front glass was pushed till nexst thursday guess I'll have to be patient (not my strong side...)

    Christian

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