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    Mini Windowsill for Heli

    Hi. I just thought I'd post what I'm eventually going to use as a Heliamphora Nutans set up in case anyones interested. It's nothing special, but it's an interesting sort of idea. However I'm not sure what you'd call it?

    Pretty much the idea is I have a really bright windowsill which I was told by a Heli grower would be suitable for Heli, but it's not humid enough. So I'm sticking a 'mini windowsill greenhouse' on the windowsil, for humidity. However I was worried about a) headroom for the heli, as it isn't too tall and b) heating up too much, so I've come up with the idea of propping it up on a pair of bricks, so there will be a gap for air flow.

    Here's a photo of the actual product I'm using:



    I've already purchsed it. It cost me 10.00$NZ plus 6.00$NZ postage. It is 26cm high, 15cm wide, and 23cm long. This should be nearly large enough for a H. Nutans, which only grow to approx 20cm, remembering it has to have a pot of soil too!

    This is an image I created myself on Paint to demostrate what I plant to do. The windowsill it'll be situated on is behind a fridge, which acts as a reflector, throwing the light back towards the window. The windowsil is also white in real life, so there is a lot of reflecting going on!

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    cute garden!

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    It looks like a good idea to me, but you will want to get a thermometer and keep a close eye on the temps. The windowsill greenhouses heat up very easily and if not watched closely could bake the Heli.

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    That's a pretty good and simple idea. They usually work the best

    I, myself would do a simple bottle-terrarium set-up for a window sill. That is kind of how my Ceph is set up.

    See: Barry's simple bottle terrarium
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    Yeah, cool idea, but over here in NZ we don't have nice bottle's like you! It's hard to find really nice, clear bottle's of the right size, with no funny imprints in them, that aren't tinted! But if I'll keep it in mind if I ever find a bottle like that!
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    I think it will get too hot. I grow mine in a highland setup in the basement.

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    cool air sinks so having some vents at the bottom would what, vent the cool air?
    I suggest just growing it on a window and acclimating it to lower humidity. I heard of a grower who grew a heteradoxa x minor on a windowsill and the only thing providing humidity was a small fountain in the water tray.
    I bet they can be tougher than we would imagine.
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    Aren't the back of refridgerators warm?

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