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    Custom Growth Chamber

    Hey TF'ers I wanted to share some pics of my new growth chamber.

    The goal was to use some junk material to make a new plant box for the CP's (succulents currently residing). It's amazing what you can do with old scrap.

    I started with some metal shelving units found in the parking lot at my work (a little dinged up but nice for structure).



    I inserted styrofoam insulation into the shelves and glued wooden boards over the insulation.



    The wood boards are covered in 3 coats (some of the have 6...) of White Latex Paint and then sprayed with a protective cover. I know this isnt the most ideal water treatment but I would like to see how long it lasts against high humidity.





    Next I joined several of the pieces of finished exterior to form the chamber.



    I installed the hollow base and cut a hole in the back of the unit for the fan.





    I also joined two pieces for a door and cut a painstaking chunk out of the center for the viewing port. Not sure who received more wear and tear, me or the sawzall : ).



    2-23" Fixtures installed up top



    Fast forward a week or so and the door is on (I upgraded the hinges recently).



    The hatch was just something I've seen at the lab but it was a fun experiment.





    Here is an inside shot of the chamber. Underneath the eggcrate is a 3inch deep area for water collection. I lined the bottom with pond liner and installed a drain pipe which runs out the bottom (Cork activated : )




    (Those plants are up for trade next door...)

    Here is a view through the view port.



    That about does it for pictures. The chamber could easily be rigged with a misting device or humidifier or fridge unit or frozen bottles or what have you for environment control. If you have question ask away. It is late and I know this isn't a very cohesive presentation but hope it helps generate ideas.

    I have yet to test temperatures and humidity and all of that. So I can post those stats later if desired.

    Thanks for taking a peek,
    -Phill
    Last edited by Peat; 07-14-2010 at 09:33 PM.

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    And I was excited to see a chamber filled with Neps...

    Impressive.
    "I, for one, can't wait to grow Nepenthes extincta!"
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    Yeah that looks great for just slapping some random parts together.

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    Outstanding!

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    Nicely done, nothing like a nice DIY project. 2 thumbs up

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    WOW AWESOME

    I wish I was that talented, I would have the parts in front of me then say "now what"


    Amazing project, and love the choice of plants

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    Very nicely done- it looks awesome. I guess the next step is to load it up with sundews ...
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