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    My current indoor setup

    I know it's pretty sad, but it's what I've got to work with right now. A few weeks ago I changed the lights from just a plain aquarium setup to some cheap (but better than what I had) grow lights from lowes, and put foil around it. The N. Khasiana's old leaves got alittle discolored and spotty after the move, but I'm hoping that was just it adjusting since the new leaves seem to be doing just fine.
    Also I apologize for the terrible picture quality!
    Be gentle =)



    N. Khasiana


    N.Ventricosa (I think)


    Another possible N. Ventricosa


    Really old orchid that was terribly neglected for years, until recently. Now it's flowering for me =)


    P. Primuliflora

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    wow.. flowers, pitchers, and orchids!?!?! I'm jealous! Keep this thread updated, pretty please..

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    Haha, thanks Mass, I will try.

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    Redid things a bit! I like it, but I really would welcome any advice on how I could improve it. At least as long as it's with the understanding that I'm a broke college student who will be moving soon =D.
    The awesome thing about this redo was it was completely with things my parents had around their house, so even though it may not be the best it was very free.

    You can't really tell, but the light thing on top of the rack is rolled up plastic that I can cover the opening with. The front access is way easier than the tank I was using!


    My old orchid getting ready to bloom!


    A new orchid I got because it's a lovely green.


    What I believe is a N. Ventricosa (it's from Lowe's). Any opinions?


    Utricularia, could be Sandersonii.


    Drosera Aliciae seedlings.


    Tillandsia Aeranthos.



    I'm using little grow lights that I got at Lowes (the ones that are hanging from the shelf), which I know aren't very good, but before I got them I was using a regular aquarium light. Today I decided to try out this light which has just been collecting dust in my mom's plant area. I'm still learning about lights, so again if anyone has any opinions I'd love to hear it =)



    It has these in it, but only one works currently.
    Last edited by xQuinnx; 04-23-2011 at 10:59 AM.

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    I have one of those short T8 fixtures (its 15W) to supplement two 32W 48" T8 bulbs (5000K and 6500K). I noticed that removing the cover on it makes it much brighter

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    Neat Cool plants keep up the good growing.

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    As much as 2/3rds of the lighting you are paying for is going to waste w/o some type of reflector on those fiixtures.

    Probably the single most effective modification a grower can make
    That part of the bulb we see, the plants can't ;-)

    (foil on the sides of the tank does nothing compared to proper reflectors)

    and if those have a cover over the bulb.... well that is even more inefficiency

    sorry, you asked... just my humble opinion
    of course ymmv

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    Thanks everyone!
    And Av8tor1: Don't worry, I -did- ask. My main problem is I know what I have is pretty sad, but I have limited ability to actually buy new lights right now. I'll definitely try taking the covers off the little ones, but as far as a reflector goes is there a good way to jerry-rig one until I can buy a proper unit?

    ---------- Post added at 09:33 AM ---------- Previous post was at 09:23 AM ----------

    Gill za: Thanks! I just took off the light covers and it does look brighter in there =)

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