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    water buildup

    Any ideas on how to remove the water build up i get each day.
    There is no drain plug. I don't use any planting media in the base , so im working with a clean bottom of the tank. I get about 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch each day, as of now I use an absorbent cloth
    and remove one hand full at a time

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    Are you talking about a terrarium? You can buy small plastic water dishes at Lowes to put under the pots to capture any water run off from the pots and then dump them out.

    Just a side note, you may be overwatering if you are removing that much water each day. Most CP like moist and damp but not watter logged.

    The info you gave is kind of vauge so I may be totally off base with my response.

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    yes its a terrarium and the fogger splashes some out of the dish i use for the water supply and it creates quite a lot of fog . which then condenses and runs down to the bottom hoping there was a cool tool to do the trick for me i keep my humidity up to 80 to 85 percent all the time

    ---------- Post added at 06:39 PM ---------- Previous post was at 06:37 PM ----------

    i only actually water individual pots about twice a week it is a highland nep. terrarium and i have a few heliamphoras in there as well

    Jimmy

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    False bottom man! What ya do to make yourself one is go to Home Depot/Lowes/Mendards lighting dept and look for "recessed fluorescent light reflector grid", it comes in 24" x 48" sheets in white, black or silver plastic, we just call it "egg crate" here and everyone knows what you mean.

    While you're there stop in the plumbing dept and grab a handful of 1" x 1" or 1" x 2" PVC (plastic) pipe couplings.

    When you get home measure the inside botom of your tank and transfer those measurements to the lighting grid with a marker. Then using a pliers snap the grid along your line and test fit it into your tank. If its too big just break off another row of the grids. When it fits good Then glue those PVC pipe couplings (with aquarium silicone) in a well spaced manner on your lighting grid - one coupling in each corner and supported evenly in the middle and let it dry.

    Lastly place your false bottom on the tank bottom with the couplings supporting the grid 1-2" above the bottom of the tank. Then you can water all you want without moving the plants and leave the water under the plants to evaporate and raise your humidity without any work on your end. Easy is always the best way!

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    Thanks swords i'll give that a try but i may have out done myself i built the tank myself it lays on its side
    and has a 2" lip of glass at the front bottom with sliding doors on the front they slide in a track, top and bottom so i'll still have to be careful as to how deep i can let the water build up , but can go as far as 1 1/2" safely I did this to keep my lights out of the tank totally to keep it cool as possible may be able to use a fish tank cleaning to periodically drain some water can you grow live sphag. on the grid as well i have a small crop i would like to expand

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    You got it, just siphon it out when it get's too deep. I always leave a bit of water under the false bottoms so the air is stays plenty humid.

    I ordered this new siphon for my tanks on Saturday and am waiting for it to arrive:



    Friday I suppose since it didn't come today

    I used to use this bicycle pump style one but I finally sucked some soil or something into it and it doesn't work now:


    The new one is 1/3 the price and can be taken apart and cleaned so should never "go bad".

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    that one at the top looks great e-bay? amazon ? company that makes it ? thanks for the advise

    Jimmy

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    The red and clear one is from Ebay, about $7 + 3 shipping. Just look up "hand siphon". You may even find it in a local hardware store I just happened to see it online and order it right then.

    Here's a quick shot of the false bottom in my fully planted Anole's vivarium:



    The pipe you see sticking up above the soil line in front is where I siphon the water out of the false bottom. If your plants are in pots you can just stick the hose through the grid and not have to make an access pipe like I did.

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