User Tag List

Informational! Informational!:  0
Likes Likes:  0
Page 2 of 3 FirstFirst 123 LastLast
Results 9 to 16 of 17

Thread: Terrarium from scratch

  1. #9
    Av8tor1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Posts
    4,811
    Mentioned
    6 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Most mirrors and mylar are "second surface" reflectors. This means that the reflective surface is on the back side. Their reflectivity efficiency has a lot to do with their thickness. Mylar is also partially transparent which is another loss that must be considered when doing comparisons.
    (hold it up to a light and you will notice that you can see through it somewhat)

    There are first surface mirrors but these are expensive and delicate. Not anything you will find in the home.

    This is why the reflectors on good quality lighting is highly polished aluminum. Typically this is up to 95% efficient.

    materials have qualities of reflectivity, transmissivity, emissivity and absorbtivity

    http://www.firstsurfacemirrors.com/


    Av

  2. #10
    Lucky Greenhorn Lil Stinkpot's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    San Jose, CA
    Posts
    2,075
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by GrowinOld View Post
    I certainly understand about recycling... I even cut up old milk jugs to make plant tags!...after I am done re-using them to carry water!, so I certainly do understand using what's on-hand!
    It does look like the plants like it, and that's ultimately what counts.
    Gosh, and I thought I was the only one!



    Quote Originally Posted by GrowinOld View Post
    With the people I have over, they would all be "suspecting" me of something "unsavory" right off the bat, and it would get old after a while. (It's bad enough, them not understanding what I see in a plant the size of a quarter, let alone having to prove to everyone I am not into "that"!)
    In the neighborhood I live in, I bet half of them suspect I "grow" by now, with the lizard lights, the hermit crab's lights, and the occasional jaunt to the GH after dark with the lantern!
    If you shake a rain stick, you get rain. I need a hamata stick.
    My WWWs

  3. #11
    swords's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2002
    Location
    Cernunnos Woods
    Posts
    8,120
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Nice! I like the sliding front! The mirrors should do quite well.

    Your tank is pretty much the same size as my 56 gallon "cube": 30" L x 18" W x 24" H
    (which I will be converting to a sliding front sometime soon)

    I had a coworker ask me if you could get high on pitcher plants, "why else would a young guy like you be into growing plants?"

  4. #12
    Not Growing Up! GrowinOld's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    ARTificial Bog in da' Middle of da' USA
    Posts
    932
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Av Reminds me,
    I made a fancy kaleidoscope for my wife years and years ago
    using a few front surface periscope mirrors. (Surplus supplies!)
    Thing is cool but weighs a ton!

    And yea, the info I read on the mylar was in reference to double surface (front surface both sides) high quality horticultural reflective mylar. I didn't want to get into all that, as I figured it was wasted "over the top" info under the circumstances... (Seems so much is now-a-days!)
    [BUT it is nice to hear someone speak my language.... like a breath of fresh air!)

    BTW, I made my own light fixture/reflector a while back, using a really cheap piece of aluminum duct work that had a decent finish to it, but wasn't anywhere near the polished surface I would have liked. (But it was excellent for the cost!) Would have helped had I still had access to a brake (sheet metal bender) and I didn't want to bother buying a cheap one as that would defeat the purpose of making it as cheap as possible while still working well.... Any cheap source ideas for high polished Al? (I didn't think so!)

    Lil'S: If they don't suspect, I bet they just think you are crazy!
    And yea, been making a lot of things from milk jugs for a long time! They are a good resource for the innovative!

    Oh yea, WAY off topic, has anyone noticed anyone bidding kinda high on some unusual/mundane (auction) plants lately? Either someone got their allowance, or found out perhaps that being young possibly means not being bound by legal contracts/agreements!
    Something looks a bit "unusual/suspect" to me!... (Just an observation and wondered if anyone else noticed.)
    Well, Take care all!

    PS Swords.... how many pitcher plants did you sell that guy!?
    Last edited by GrowinOld; 04-27-2010 at 07:04 AM. Reason: correction
    Experience is the best teacher. At least it used to be.
    But then, common sense isn't so common anymore, is it.


    http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=113866

  5. #13
    swords's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2002
    Location
    Cernunnos Woods
    Posts
    8,120
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    how many pitcher plants did you see that guy!?
    At my height I had like maybe 60-70 species & hybrids of Neps in assorted sizes both HL/LL species + lots of orchids (and Nep cuttings waiting to be sent out) so not too many really, probably a lot for a condo though. But he grew when he was younger so he just assumed I "must". Once people get a belief going in their head it's pretty hard to change it.... I dunno, maybe you do get really ripped if you put a 1" N. macrophylla in a bong - at the price of Neps, I've never actually tried! LOL

    As far as the auction goes I didn't watch everything, just the stuff I want (nobody bought my roach kit lol) but Schloaty and PAK won't let them off the hook when it's over, so if they overbid and don't pay they will be "sorry". LOL

  6. #14
    Not Growing Up! GrowinOld's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    ARTificial Bog in da' Middle of da' USA
    Posts
    932
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Oh I missed the roach kit!
    (Did you save all the old roaches?)
    And yea, at the cost of a Macrophylla, I wouldn't burn it no matter what it did!

    (You know, its hard to take you seriously anymore when you have that avatar pic of that kid scratching his brain from the inside!)
    Experience is the best teacher. At least it used to be.
    But then, common sense isn't so common anymore, is it.


    http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=113866

  7. #15
    swords's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2002
    Location
    Cernunnos Woods
    Posts
    8,120
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Everybody said "we don't need no steenkin' roaches!"

    That kid is Jason Penopolis - from Home Movies Watch full episode: Psycho-delicate

  8. #16
    Not Growing Up! GrowinOld's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    ARTificial Bog in da' Middle of da' USA
    Posts
    932
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Hey, I remember a time when a roach was all you had!
    And that was a good thing!

    (Wow, did I actually survive those days?)
    And here you saved yours and made a kit out of them!
    Resourceful!

    Oh yea, checked out the adultswim video... cute! (if that is the right word!)
    Oh, and it seems someone else (Kg...z) caught what I was referring to about that off topic situation.... auction buyer!
    ( http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=122204 )
    Thought it was just me seeing things again!

    Take care all!
    Experience is the best teacher. At least it used to be.
    But then, common sense isn't so common anymore, is it.


    http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=113866

Page 2 of 3 FirstFirst 123 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Starting a freshwater 10gal from scratch -advice?
    By EdaxFlamma in forum Fresh Water Aquariums
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 06-03-2009, 05:47 AM
  2. VFTs--terrarium or not terrarium
    By xscd in forum Venus Flytrap (Dionaea ) Care Information & Tips
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 09-10-2006, 02:47 PM
  3. Terrarium from pft
    By wolf9striker in forum General Discussions
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 01-12-2005, 11:10 AM
  4. Starting terrariums from scratch
    By ranchero in forum General Discussions
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 08-23-2004, 08:36 PM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •