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    I just ordered another N. bicalcarata, which now brings my N. bicalcarata total to two. Since the one I currently have isn't doing too well in my lower humidity terrarium, I'm going to set up a terrarium that has very high humidity and stays very warm.

    I'll be purchasing a 10 gallon tank and I already have two 23 watt compact flourescents for the lighting. My question is, how can I raise the humidity in this new tank to above 70 percent? Should I buy plexiglass to put over the top? Where could I buy it?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]Need some tips
    Get a bigger terrarium!

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    Hahahaha, no room for that right now! Any other tips? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img]

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    Assuming they are enclosed (covered) and have a wet substrate, your terraria should have humidity >70%. Perhaps you should check your humidistat if it is reading levels far below 70%--some are unreliable.

    In any case, a regular terrarium cover should do and plexiglass isn't required. Plexiglass will also warp over time due to the weight and heat of the lights. If you decide to use plexiglass, you can get it at HD but you'll need a special cutting knife to fit the plexiglass to the dimensions of your terrarium.

    What were your cultivation conditions for the first bical? Perhaps it wasn't the low humidity that caused it to become sick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (chloroplast @ Feb. 05 2006,6:17)]Assuming they are enclosed (covered) and have a wet substrate, your terraria should have humidity >70%. Perhaps you should check your humidistat if it is reading levels far below 70%--some are unreliable.

    In any case, a regular terrarium cover should do and plexiglass isn't required. Plexiglass will also warp over time due to the weight and heat of the lights. If you decide to use plexiglass, you can get it at HD but you'll need a special cutting knife to fit the plexiglass to the dimensions of your terrarium.

    What were your cultivation conditions for the first bical? Perhaps it wasn't the low humidity that caused it to become sick.

    Hope this helps, Mitch. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]
    Well my current bical is in my 20 gallon long terrarium. In fact, Chloroplast, you were helping me get the right lighting for this very tank not too long ago (which I'm very grateful for, by the way!). Humidity ranges from 30 percent to 50 percent most of the time, since the tank isn't covered at the top. The only covering it has is the lighting fixture, and even then there's a few inch gap on either side of the fixture where air can get in and out. I have two 40 watt cool white bulbs above this tank and everything else seems to be growing fine.

    This is why I'm assuming it's the humidity that my bical doesn't enjoy, so I'd like to get it it's own tank where I can keep it very humid. If I don't use plexiglass, what can I use to cover the top?

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    Why don't you cover just half the tank with press and seal and add an untrasonic fogger to come on a few times a day? The extra humidity it causes shouldn't hurt anythign else and in fact might make them grow even better. You really do not want to seal it up totaly because that will cause stagnation in the air and that isn't good. You soulc also add some wet sphag to the floor as this increases surface area for evaporation and should increase the humidity. Just cover some of those holes on top somehow. Make sure to leave some open thoguh because humidity will then get too high. I have having trouble now with too high humidity in my new Ball python tubs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]Well my current bical is in my 20 gallon long terrarium. In fact, Chloroplast, you were helping me get the right lighting for this very tank not too long ago (which I'm very grateful for, by the way!).
    You're very welcome; glad I could help! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

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    Quote[/b] ]If I don't use plexiglass, what can I use to cover the top?
    Why don't you use the glass cover that comes with the tank? The cover usually has a plastic strip that allows complete enclosure. You can get good air circulation by installing a CPU fan.
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    i dont know very much about neps but all my Sarracenia are ina terrarium untill the greenhouse is ready for them, anyways A great way to keep it hot and humid is to put a clear sheet on top of it to keep in humidity, then put it in a west facing windowsill, I grow my neps, sarrs, vfts, droseras, and pings in there and they are going crazy!
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