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    wow! my words exactly
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    Eh, i've seen better. I think they're called Zoo's.. or something like that.

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    The terrarium is great, just too bad he has put so many crappy plants in them. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif[/img]
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    i liked all the plants except for the tacky ornamental ones like the colorful vines. the orchids and broms, tillies and that weird moss is cool , but not nearly enough nepenthes!

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    Hi,
    I have a questions about Darlingtonia, Venus Flytrap, sundew and I am want to by
    more to extend my collection. I used to collect them a number of years ago
    . I bought some a week ago, I have them in
    a little plastic domes they came in. I know it takes they need humidity but I am confused what to
    about the lighting. Some people say east or west end not south, or south near window sill
    in a terrarium not covered.I don't have east and west windows. So I guess articial will have to be better. But c
    could I still do them in a terrarium in the South window?>
    What is the best way to care for them this way. I would like to put them all in
    a terrarium but I first want to get the lighting right before I put them in a terrairum.
    I want them to get some sun and humidity. One place said to
    take off the plastic dome and put them into the sun (south side). I am thinking of getting
    some artificial light as well.
    Any help appreciated. Please also reply to email below if you can . below
    I am new to this list and it is great resource.
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    Thats what I'm doin at the moment actually.

    Just so you know: For it to be an ecosystem, it'll be very time consuming for a while untill it is established.

    1) Glass or Plastic? (Your choice really, in this case it won't make any difference)
    2) What kind of backdrop do you want? Molded 3D, poster, cork, coco mat, osmunda firn mat?
    3) Waterfalls or no waterfalls, thats a good question. Will there be any standing water, and how will it be changed to avoid harmfuls?
    4) Do you want overhead misting, rain? Or do you want the sonic fogger?
    5) Will it be tropical or desert?
    6) False bottom or earth?
    7) Epiphytic or terrestrial or both?
    8) What are my options for light sources and how will they affect my internal temps, humidity? Will it be strong enough to grow plants top to bottom in the tank? If animals will also live in it, reptiles need UVB source (another bulb besides the plant bulb)
    9) Ventilation.......How and where.

    Now after those are answered then you start the brain storming. How and what will epiphytes be mounted to? What will I use for terrestrials and how will I keep it from rotting or becoming sour? What plants will I use? Keep in mind that when this starts to come together, the top of the tank will be hotter and more humid than the lower parts of the tank. If you use a fogger; Any lower areas will pool the fog and become saturated quickly. If you use an earth bottom then you need to consider the drainage in the very bottom and how it can be cycled or changed.

    Personally:
    1)I used a glass 48gln pentagon
    2)3D back
    3)No waterfall or pools
    4)I use none of these. Instead I have opted for an environmental control system. Basically: Humidified air pushed through a carbon scrubber then through a small tube where CO2 is added and then back into a fog section and finally out into the chamber again.
    5)Tropical - 85deg.F. 78-90%humidity
    6)Soil mix is: base: gravel-1", fine mesh screen, LFS-1/4", Peatmoss-1", LFS/Soil-1", topped off with pillow moss and epi-moss (fern-like)
    7)Epiphytic with few exceptions.
    8)I use 1X 85wtt 'white' CFL (Compact fluorescent)VHO (Very High Output) and 2X 45wtt 'red' CFL VHO. This makes a very nice spectrum, timer brings the white on first for an hour in the morning and the red stays on an hour later at night. This gives a mild "sun rise" and "sun set" that the plant seem to like.
    9)Ventilation is done with the environmental control I mention above.

    I have begun establishing bacterias for nitrogen cycling and organic breakdown. I have started Mycorrhiza 1)to help root function and 2) Out compete other fungi. Then I started on moss and lichens. Moss is well on the way to established, and lichens are just beginning to take hold.

    Joe
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