I have just redone my propagation chamber. The top is for seeds and sensitive CPs, the bottom is dedicated to growing sarracenia 24/7, as Bugweed does.
They're not really big, and don't use much energy. The top one has a 13 watt bulb, and grows things well (I've used that one before). The bottom one has 2x 15 watt tubes. One is in use right now. I made the fixture myself by combining two broken 15 watt aquarium fixtures.
Now for the exciting part. I built a temperature-regulated outdoor terrarium! I used to use this 55 gallon aquarium to breed paradise fish outdoors, but CPs are much more profitable...if not more beautiful. I still have a 100 gallon or 120 gallon for the paradise fish though
Anyway, here are the pics, and then for the specs and my questions.
As you can see, the 250 watt (overkill I know) from my former aquarium is used to keep the water at around 65 degrees. I may adjust this. The temperature may rise in the summer with solar heating, however.
How does it regulate temperature? The heater keeps the place cozy in winter, and the water keeps it cooler in summer. Simple.
Those white 1'' pipes are siliconed to the aquarium. The big tube with holes in it is the watering tube...for adding or siphoning water.
The reflective backing is for reflecting light to make better use of it and hit the backs of the plants (since it is under an overhang.)
The place gets 3-4 hours of direct sunlight (more in winter) and indirect sunlight for the rest of the day. It was designed to grow bladderworts, genlisia, sundews, and small neps.
Watering: The water level normally will stay at the top grate. The bottom grate is for terrestrial utrics and genlisia. When I want to water the top grate, I add a little more water.
Growing under the water will be either u. gibba or u. inflata. If the former, I will need a substrate. The latter, just water. Which wort should I get?
Top grate 4" high. Bottom 2" high. Tank 4' long. 15" wide, 16" tall...I think.
What dews will grow well? Should I raise the heater's temp? Which bladderwort should I put beneath the grate? Can I grow South American dews here?
Please just give me a few suggestions on how to use this thing. NOT FOR NEPS (they get too big)