I'm going to test out a heat mat this week since my boyfriend has an extra one. Then I'll decide if I should purchase a submersible.
I'm also going to get a stronger light. This LED doesn't seem to be making any improvements and I've been losing dew on Capensis and Dielsiana.
Have you ever used a weed barrier fabric instead of a screen?
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The first thing I tried was a weed barrier and guess where it ended up at...in my garden...this stuff tears way to easily and doesn't drain fast enough for my liking.
Originally Posted by kataok
From the photo of the LED it looks like the lower powered ones, I would be interested in any comments you have about it. If you put that many CREE or similar LEDs in such a small space I think it would cook your plants, so I have to assume they are the cheaper ones.
I would add the advice of getting Tin Foil or mirrors on the bottom, back and sides of your tank. Tin foil doesn't look as bad as you think it would, my tank is using mirrors now, but in this pic you can see what an old tank with tin foil was like.
Also, do you want the light fixture inside your tank? Covering the top with a glass or plexiglass won't block your light source and will allow humidity to rise.
I've been using a reflective sticky paper for the moment. I have it on the bottom and I need to tape the sides, and the back on since they have fallen off. I'm looking for a background for the finished terrarium; The 3D cork textured ones, if that makes sense. I haven't found one I like in pet stores yet so until then I'll be using the reflective sticky.
I don't have a top for my tank so thank you for bringing that up. I might wait to get one until I finish most of the setup. And plexiglass sounds like an easy answer to that.
Dang RSS! I did not realize that it would get that hot!!
But just the heatsink would get that hot, the tank wouldn't be heating up because of it, right?
Where do you attach the aluminum bar heatsink?
Honestly, it depends on what you want to grow and how humid it is in there naturally where you live. Here in the desert I need a lid, but I will often open it to let the humidity levels drop from HI to something around 65%+. Honestly, probably harder on my plants to have swings in humidity, but I am missing vents on my lid currently and so until I get them cut in the plexiglass, I have to settle for cracking it open or just taking it off entirely for short periods.
Ahh, so you want an environment image as a background. I get why you would like that from your original drawing. I do like the look of them. I usually don't bother with it because what I need even more than a creative background scene is light light and more light. But, if you do go for an artistic or environmental backing, you should really beef up your lighting on your plants so you don't miss the reflective back as much.
Currenly, just from your pics, your lighting seems on the low side. But not as low as how I started:
I recommend considering ease of maintenance and lighting as high priorities on your list for your tank. But true terrariums with soil medium in the bottom and plants growing inside is really cool. They just are short lived, as are many plants in a terrarium. Short because of them being best grown in open sun and air conditions (i.e. VFTs) or short because they just outgrow the tank. (i.e. Sarrs and Neps). Either way, I completely enjoy the year or so I get out of each plant in my terrariums and wouldn't tell you not to do it unless you already have an environment outside fitting CPs or a greenhouse.
Indoor terrariums are fun to build, fill with plants and rotate all sorts of CPs in and out. Looking forward to see yours all come together!
Last edited by Odysseus; 02-12-2014 at 01:16 AM.