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    Getting Pressure To Do things differently



    I just got asked if there was an alternative way of doing heat, humidity, and lighting. I currently have a fishtank, submercible heater, and a Grolite.

    Any ideas how to get these "ducks in a row"?

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    haha... sounds like someone isn't too thrilled with your setup.

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    Yeah, my wife isn't happy with 70+ lbs. of water on a shelf. That and her aesthetic sense. So I need to come up with another way of keeping all these sundews and such happy... as well as my wife.

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    How about a shorter tank with a lower water table? I went on a search of the forum to find a pic and found I had mentioned my setup to someone and you even replied to it.. So i'm sure this already crossed your mind, but any way- here is how I did it...

    Quote Originally Posted by adnedarn View Post
    Yes, it works. I had mine set to 90f... it would go from 1/4" up the pots down to barely covering the heater in just a few days. I ran no fan... This is when I first set it up... After they had been in there for a while the pets looked great. I even divided the D. ordensis approx 15 times and traded/gave away the portions... After I took the tank down and moved the plants to the (old) greenhouse, all of them died once winter came around. Lesson learned. Here is the picture, hope it helps!

    http://aaadnedarn.home.comcast.net/~...n/P1010248.JPG (sorry the picture is big.. it's old and was already online so I didn't resize it..)

    My guess is that was a gallon or so... How big a tank are you going to try and heat? higher wattage could provide more heat with faster water evaporation... Honestly, I think mine was a 150w....

    Good luck!
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    Andrew: That looks like a less complicated version of what Pyro has. Do you add water (top water) the pots or do you just let the evaporation keep the pots / plants moist?
    Quote Originally Posted by adnedarn View Post
    Jim, when I was using that, i would just fill it up so the pots were sitting in the water a little bit.. I would add water as needed to keep the heater submerged (although it went dry PLENTY of times and never broke... ) and would fill it up high enough to water the plants when I felt necessary.
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    Andrew, does the soil get to dry if they are not partially submerged? I think I lost a falconeri when the water got too low.

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    Well yeah- if the plants are out of the water a while they do start to dry out, I guess I don't really get the question. I never top watered them, just raised the water table so they would sit in it as if tray watered. There was no lid, but the lights dang near covered the top I also didn't use a fan. With the plants sitting so low in the tank, the humidity was pretty high
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    In my setup, the plants are stationary. They get more water by me adding water, directly. What do you mean by raising the water table? Does that mean adding water or lowering the plants? I'm also loking to incorporate my submercible heater without it melting plastic or being exposed to the air, if I have a lower water table. Any suggestions for grates?

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    Use egg crate/light diffuser to make a false bottom propped up on a few 2" pots and fill with only as much water as you need stick a piece of plexi over the top then lower the light to sit on top of the tank. Should have, max, a couple gallons of water so not nearly as disaster prone.
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