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    I was at the hardware superstore today and was looking around for something to do and I ran across prefab showerstall kits some which look very nice and could be a nice focal point of a room - especially with nice big Nepenthes growing in it!

    I would imagine it would be a simple thing to get a sheet of plexiglass cut to set ontop and put some light over it. The front has clear glass the sides and bottom are waterproof once assembled and caulked so I would think this would make a good nepenthes chamber. But before I drop a good chunk of change on one (apx $200 not including top glass and lighting) I thought I'd see if any of you have tried this yet and what your experiencess are.

    I have built plywood and polyethylene plastic dropcloth chambers but I've always wanted something that looks a bit nicer, holds humidity better and of course taller and since I need to upsize my lowland chamber I'm thinking of going with one of these in the next month or so.

    Thanks for any thoughts! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    I have never tried nor even considered such a thing, but I think it sounds like a great idea. I think it would work and look really good. Having a shower randomly in the middle or actually side of a room would be so great. If I ever have the money (hope and pray to someday have money) I might steal or rather borrow your idea if you don't mind and if noone here finds a problem with it.

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    I've always wanted to shower with my Nepenthes Truncata too! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

    I see no problem except with a stall being so tall you would need a great amount of light. That sounds like the only problem to me.

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    How would you place the plants in there? I guess you can hang neps various distance from the top. Seems a horizontal orientation would be better, except that it would look funny [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]
    For less than $200, you can build yourself a nice grow chamber out of plexiglass [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
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    Horizontal is OK for smaller plants but some of my lowlanders are getting nearly 3 feet tall and I want them to continue climbing. To help the plants climb I was thinking I could attach some of those "repti vines" by Zoomed to various spots.

    The showerstall I'm looking at is a pentagonal corner model 74" H x 38"W x 38"D with a three sided glass front.

    As for lighting I have some metal halide fixtures which are only collecting dust in my closet. I figure on using either the 175W or the 250W, perhaps two chambers, one for lowerlight lowlanders and one for higher light lowlanders... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    Great idea Swords,

    Idea for lighting....I have seen in Home Depot these flourescent (spelling?) fixtures that stick to a surface, so you could mount them at intervals up the wall.

    Failing that, you could just screw the suckers into the walls at intervals. Would look a little like a stand-up tanning chamber! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]
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    Seems to me you could even plumb in the drain to an expanded sump, Talk about soil moisture controll. Some models of shower have an optional FG cap piece with a place for a light, definately not true for all models, check with your supplier. with proper frameing and surrounding architecture ( man I wish I could spell ) It could be a stunning center piece to a room.


    Oh ya..; FG = Fiber Glass (sorry)


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    I went to Home Depot to purchase the unit but a thought occured to me while I was looking at the tremendous size box (although surprisingly light), will I need to build a wood frame to keep the walls vertical or will this be able to stand on it's own? Have any of you redone your bathroom in your home with a 5 piece kit before -how rigid is this plastic wall material?

    Instead of getting the thing I thought I'd ask first, below there's an image of the unit I'm thinking of getting for my lowland Nepenthes


    I figure a 250 W metal halide with a "spiderlight" reef reflector will sufficiently light the chamber (as well as warm it). Will normal plexiglass be able to be used over the chamber if I'm using MH? How high would the MH have to be above the plexiglass to avoid fires and warpage? I can build a stand for it to sit 12 - 18" above the plexiglass andd attach an exhaust fan if need be.

    Thanks again for any thoughts!

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