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    I know Suzzane. I was only suggesting that if it was going to be totally wet you would be better off with the CP's I mentioned. Anyways I have grown Living Sphagnum Moss in a large plastic lined washtub for a while over the sumer and it expierenced no ill results of rotting or decomposing at the bottom of the container. Why not use perlite? Extremly light and you could block it from view by putting moss against the wall then the perlite. Also it floats so you could see a very visable water table. Well it was my suggestion. I have used granite this whole season and it is great! Well hope this helps. Later.

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    Suzanne,

    I know its been said but lava rock works great because it is significantly lighter that conventional stone. I use it instead of perlite because it has almost exactly the same qualities and isn't glaring white. Another thing you could try, and I'm suprised it hasn't been mentioned, is orchid bark. This will hold water well, provide lots of surface area for evaporation, allow good air flow and doesn't rot into nasty goo.

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    I didn't think about that, but come to think of it, my substrate is heavily supplied with orchid bark...

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    As far as your evaporation rate goes the amount of water vapor being evaporated is largly dependent on the amount of wetted surface area, so moss would probabley have an order of magnitude more ability to humidify your tank, but if the humidity is around 90% anyway then your air is saturated and you may not need the greater efficiancy of the moss. The other big factor is air movement. Play with your setup some, watch the changes closely and see what happens.

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    Happy Holidays All;

    Ok, the inventor in me can't resist my 2 cents worth. How about finding a low plant stand on wheels (I've seen them at Walmart and such.) You could probably make your own with a piece of ply wood and short wheels. Put your tank on it then all you have to do is roll the tank to move it. Although I suppose that depends on the surface you are keeping the tank on and if it has the room to roll.

    The plastic canvas sold in craft stores could also work. it could be cut to fit the bottom of the tank, then use a stone at each corner to hold it up of the surface just a bit. Your moss on top of that would still allow air flow underneath.

    Good Luck,
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    Hi Linda

    Happy New Year! I would love to use a cart on wheels but my problem is space. While I have a pretty large house, its chock full of furniture...and a lot of French doors which eat up wall space. I'm lucky I could cram a plant stand into my living room which gets a fair amount of southern sun. So all my outdoor plants are winterizing in there (plus the indoor plants)...looks a bit like a jungle with the monster split-leaf philodendron. I think I'm going to try either the lava rocks or a mix of those and orchid bark. I will have four days off to get all my plant projects done so hopefully I can complete setting up the new tank. I am concerned about access into it though...and lighting hook-ups. I'm getting quite a tangle of cords.

    You have some great ideas, Linda. :-) Thanks!

    suzanne

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    Happy New Year and Plant Project weekend to you to Suzanne,

    I know what you mean about space. I have only one West facing window that is decent, which is in my living room. I have that jungle look too. I also use a shelf unit with lights in another room, but hubby gets uptight every time he walks by it. Need to find a way to hide the cords so he doesn't realize just how many lights are plugged in LOL.

    Good luck on your project, I love long weekends to give me time to play in the dirt. I also love walmart that gives me the reason to buy more plants [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] The lava rock and orchid moss mix should work great and look good too which is a big part of the reason for plants.

    One more thought though, how about turning the tank on its side with the opening facing out. You use a piece of glass to cover it if I remember, you could use little clips to hold the glass on. Then no moving at all, just open the front to get to the plants. Would the tank be big enough on its side?

    Have fun. Linda

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    Yes, Linda, I am looking forward to "plant weekend". :-) Of course, this is kinda ignoring the fact that my house is a wreck and I haven't raked the leaves up out of my yard yet. But I also have some seeds I want to get started now so I have a good jump on spring planting outside.

    The tank-on-the-side idea is a thought for maybe a future tank, but I don't think it would work for this one. I got this one not only for more space but for height. Its a 20-gal. tall, not a long tank. I wanted the height to accommodate some of the taller sundews like my binata. I use glass shelving plus "risers" to raise the smaller plants closer to the light. I can set the tallers plants lower so they have room to grow. At least this is my theory! lol Only time will tell how happy the plants will be. Also my tank is on the lowest shelf on my plant stand. So...on its side, it would be hard to get into it...without laying on the floor. 'Course I could probably mop up some dirt and dust bunnies that way. :-)

    I will start my weekend off with shopping for some plant supplies I need (good excuse to browse some garden centers). I should refrain from buying any more plants....but..."My name is Suzanne...and...I am a PLANTAHOLIC." :-) I just bought a norfolk island pine that was on sale 50% off. And I have plans for more plants from Phil and Jeff of course. My excuse there is I need to support Exotic Gardens so they can keep the forums running. hehe

    Thanks for all the suggestions and keep the ideas coming!

    Suzanne


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