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    My first terrarium(Dial up users beware!)

    My first terrarium I made was from a ten gallon aquarium.I put alot of thought into
    ventilation and humidity,I'm glad I did because I rarely have problems with mold (seedlings)
    and I never have to mist my tank.
    Here are some photos of how I made the lighthood.


    I stained the peice of wood and I mounted this fan over one of the holes drilled in the lid,
    when I turn the fan on it takes the warm air at the top of the terrarium and it blows it
    out the hole on the other side of the lid.
    Had I picked a larger fan I think that it would murder my humidity.

    I wired it up to a rectifier and I hooked the rectifier up to a ac adaptor.



    Here is the bottom of the light hood.

    I just used a light fixture I had lying around.

    This is a pic right after I got it set up.

    I then bought my first cape sundew and it managed to produce a flower stalk
    inside the terrarium so I think the lighting is good.

    I originally made this terrarium to germinate seedlings.In the little flat are my flytrap seeds they are no longer in their along with the flowering cape sundew.
    Now all that is in the terrarium are adelae's




    All of those adelae's are from lowes hardware store,I bought one of thoughs cubes and there were three sickly adelae's about one inch in diameter.
    Well the terrarium works so well, heres an idea of how humid it is inside


    There is a wavy form to the condensation on the glass,that is because of natural ventilation.
    I don't have to use the fan for ventilation like I thought I would have to,I mostly use the fans when germinating seed because that is the only time I have had mold appear.
    I might try to replicate the setup using a bigger tank.
    If it wasn't so small it would be perfect for lowland nepenthes.
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    thats really smart mate! would you sell one?

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    even though the adelae may look great and the capensis is flowering(which may be totally unrelated to amount of light it is getting....more of a stress thing probably).... it still may not be enough light for most CPs. how many watts is that fluorescent tube?

    Alex
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    Quote Originally Posted by glider14 View Post
    even though the adelae may look great and the capensis is flowering(which may be totally unrelated to amount of light it is getting....more of a stress thing probably).... it still may not be enough light for most CPs. how many watts is that fluorescent tube?

    Alex
    I don't know how many watts but I know it has a high lumen rating,Around the same lumes I use on my ventricosa and it has nice coloration.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BuddhistAdam View Post
    thats really smart mate! would you sell one?
    It cost about 25 dollars to make and alot of it was stuff I already had.
    the tank was 10 dollars
    the little fan was 15 dollars
    the ac adaptor was in the garage and the wood was leftover.
    the mylar was about 12 dollars for a roll,I already had the fixture and a bulb.
    Later I bought a new bulb at cost so that was 2 dollars.
    It is glass and shipping and handling would be expensive.
    The reason why I showed so many pics is so that you could make one yourself
    and save money.
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    This costs nothing! Space and light are free.



    This was just a little bit more expensive, at least initially.


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    Hello

    Quote Originally Posted by jimscott View Post
    This costs nothing! Space and light are free.
    The sun don't always shine I am working on my windowill setup now it is facing south.
    here is a picture.


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    Talking you probably

    you probably will need this I made it real quick to help out.
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