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    I would not put a submersible heater in there if you are going to seal up the bottom, you will want to be able to remove the heater in case of a problem. If you can work out a way to remove the heater into your design I would go that way. I have never used heat wires, the simple aquarium heaters work well enough. As for the heat mats they cost more than aquarium heaters so I've never used them so I can't say how they work.

    I have always just built my false bottom added the screening and then the medium, I've never added a layer of sphagnum moss. I would probably use something like coco fiber if I wanted a natural screen over sphagnum, coco fiber is supposed to last for years where sphagnum will decay much faster. I don't see any harm in adding the sphagnum.

    Make sure you get a non metal screen.

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    I've toyed with the idea of putting a submersible heater in a Prego glass jar, sealed, to slow evaporation. I like your schematic. That must have been fun to dream it and express it on paper. http://www.ahsupply.com/36-55w.htm I the lack sophistication, LOL!:


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    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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    Update on my progress:

    I got a stronger light. T5 24W 2Ft 6400K 2280Lumens
    I'm still using the LED as well.
    I noticed improvement on the dew of my plants within 48 hours.

    Has anyone used weed barrier fabric instead of a screen on a false bottom/egg crate

    This is what it looks like right now. I need to build a stand or get one still. I'm using some old labels that I had for reflectors, since they are shiny metallic. I haven't decided on a background yet. I'm going to visit some pet stores, reptile stores, aquarium places this week to see if I can find something I like. Or build one myself..

    The Neps are in the tank right now because I wanted to give them some more humidity and have the free space at the moment but they won't be going into the terrarium once I start building up the inside.

    You can see the two lights on top.




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    Looking good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kataok View Post
    Has anyone used weed barrier fabric instead of a screen on a false bottom/egg crate
    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.

    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.

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    Thanks Jim!

    RSS, I already bought the weed barrier.. ha.. I was worried about it not draining fast enough but I can use it to hold the soil in for my future succulent wall hangings..

    The LED is a lower powered one, I found out.. It was a gift from my boyfriend I use it for supplemental lightning now since I have a T5 for the tank.. It's nice at nighttime because it has the blue/purple moonlight setting if you want to display your plants at night. The dew really shines bright with the moonlight setting! This is what it is: http://www.petco.com/product/122549/...rip-Light.aspx

    How would the CREE cook the plants? I thought LED didn't put off heat. I've see some plants grown extremely close to LED lights before and they were doing fantastic! I don't know exactly what LEDs they were using though...

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    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.

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