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    Well, here are my two terrariums, and I love 'em very much. If ya wanted to know, one is in my bathroom, and the other on the large windowsill in my room (don't worry, it's covered by reflective stuff, so no light can enter it and steam it up).

    Here's my first succesful terraria that I started about a month ago:



    And it's lighting systems which is two 26 watt compacts and two 15 watt tubes (looked at from below):



    And here's my newest terrarium which will soon fill up (donations welcome [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img] )



    As you can see from my reflection where I am waving, the stuff on the back is pretty reflective.

    And here's the lights (two 42 watt compacts):



    I want to fill up this second terrarium with mostly terrestrial utrics, and right now I have a D. aliciae and an unknown utric in it (which I think is U. subulata).

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    looks sweet... very nice [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]
    how do you manage the temps?
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    For the first one, I just rely on the lights to do all the heating, and it stays at around 80*F (30*C) all day, and dropping 10* at night. For the second terrarium, the lights don't seem to be working as well with heating the tank, and right now it's at 72* F. But, I noticed after I got a bunch of plants into my 1st terrarium, the humidity and the temp seem to have settled down nicely. Though, I may go with the suggestion in the SG and get a small bottle, fill it with water, and put a small aquarium heater in it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Drosera36 @ Dec. 31 2005,5:09)]For the first one, I just rely on the lights to do all the heating, and it stays at around 80*F (30*C) all day, and dropping 10* at night. For the second terrarium, the lights don't seem to be working as well with heating the tank, and right now it's at 72* F. But, I noticed after I got a bunch of plants into my 1st terrarium, the humidity and the temp seem to have settled down nicely. Though, I may go with the suggestion in the SG and get a small bottle, fill it with water, and put a small aquarium heater in it.

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    The most likely reason the second terrarium isn't heating up as much is because fewer plants means less photosynthesis. The more plants, the warmer the terrarium will be because of photosynthesis. Nice setup also. Looks like those grow hoods are doing well for you too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (dewy @ Dec. 31 2005,5:44)]The more plants, the warmer the terrarium will be because of photosynthesis.
    Ah, that's interesting. I thought only animals made warmth. Whenever I take a whiff of my tank, it smells rather nice, which I suppose is the large amount of O2.

    And the thing is that I only use the grow hood that you suggested on the second tank. I made a few modifications on a different reptile hood to make it look like the one I have on the second tank. (It took quite a bit of dis-assembly [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_l_32.gif[/img] )

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    Quote[/b] (Drosera36 @ Dec. 31 2005,5:55)]
    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (dewy @ Dec. 31 2005,5:44)]The more plants, the warmer the terrarium will be because of photosynthesis.
    Ah, that's interesting. I thought only animals made warmth. Whenever I take a whiff of my tank, it smells rather nice, which I suppose is the large amount of O2.

    And the thing is that I only use the grow hood that you suggested on the second tank. I made a few modifications on a different reptile hood to make it look like the one I have on the second tank. (It took quite a bit of dis-assembly [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_l_32.gif[/img] )

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    From what I understand,as they photsynthesize,plants produce a small amont of heat and humidity in addition to O2 and other gases.
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    Excellent looking terrariums Ben! I'm sure that second tank will fill up in no time [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img]

    Your Cape Sundew seems to be really taking off. I can remember the first pictures you took and what a difference now!

    By the way, are those 10 gallons?

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    Nice looking terraria.

    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]For the second terrarium, the lights don't seem to be working as well with heating the tank, and right now it's at 72* F.
    72F is good for most tropicals and may actually enable you to grow a wider-variety of plants, especially those that prefer cooler daytime temps. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]
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