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    After finishing a container of chocolates, I realized the transparent pyramid shaped container would also make a great cp house; and with all the bogs and natural terrarium projects going on, why not?

    Below is a picture of the plan for my cp pyramid. The pyramid is a square based pyramid, measuring 17.5cm X 17.5cm for the base and 16cm high. I plan to add small or slow growing cps that enjoy higher temperatures since the enclosed space will become hot and humid.

    There will be no pots inside the pyramid, instead, stratigically positioned rocks will be used. Small amounts of peat and sphagnum will be stuffed between the gaps where the rocks meet and cps will be grown there.

    The problem with this idea is the lack of soil. I will need plants that have shallow roots. The pygmies on the bottom of the pyramid will only have about 1cm deep of soil, so that will be a problem. I may have to switch some of them around to accomidate the roots. Another problem is the humidity. I am guessing the humidity will be relatively high, so I will need some plants who will resist rotting. The capensis might not enjoy the high humidity. A third problem is space. I will have to cram all the plants into a small confined area, although I'm hoping it will look specatcular when finished. Lastly, all flower stalks will have to be cut due to the lack of head room.

    At least this project will keep me busy though the summer [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] .

    [img]http://home.**********.com/users/zongyi/PyramidProjectPlan.jpg[/img]

    The materials I have so far include the pyramid and some of the plants. My first step will be to find some suitable rocks. This will take me a few days since I need to find them and clean them, too. Wish me luck [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] . Zongyi

    P.S. the chocolate brand was Ferrero Rocher, and man are they good [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img]

    EDIT: MISTAKE- The nep should be N. campanulata instead of clipeata [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img] .
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    That seems like a really cool idea! I can't wait to see how it turns out [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

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    I whent out and found some matching rocks today. I tested for signs of high pH useing viniger. Then, I did a wash and microwaved them to sterilize. I was kinda afraid the rocks would explode [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_l_32.gif[/img] .After cooling them under a cool tap, I placed them according to the plan I drew. When I was pleased with the design, I glued them all together useing Silica glue, normally used in bathrooms. I hope that doesn't poison them, but seeing how it is used in sinks and stuff, I dont think any toxins will leak and it probably wont degrade (it promised to last a few decades on the label). Here it is so far. Now time for the soil! Zongyi
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    Lookin' good, keep us updated!

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    good luck finding that particular nep. if you do and it'll grow well, that container will be way to small. try N. campanulata
    the dionaea will need dormancy and so will the pygmies.
    D. adelae (sp?) would look really good.

    there just doesn't seem to be nearly enough room..... not to mention drainage and light requirements and temps and all that. a small terrarium can overheat quickly

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    Oops, I ment N. campanulata. You can even see the shape of the pitchers that I was trying to draw looks like N. campanulata pitchers [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img] .

    I am aware the Dionaea will need dormancy, so it would be removed during winter. I dont know where I head it from, but I tought dormancy could be skipped for pygmies and they can be grown all year long [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/confused.gif[/img] .

    I thought about sticking a D. adelae somewhere in there. Maybe I will if I find some room....

    The idea of the project is fitting a lot of cps in a small amount of space, so I'm gonna have to cope with the headroom . There will be no drainage, I hope the soil would retain the moisture so that there would be no leaks. Light would be supplied by a flouresccent lamp, and I am thinking of drilling two small holes somewere in the back to place the output of an aquarium air pump and a exhaust. This should prevent overheating to some degree, and create some air movement. Zongyi

    P.S. I'm currently putting the soil in. Should be finished with that shortly [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
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    Anyways, I just finished with the soil. It may look like peat and sand, but there are actually layers in specific spots. I've got vermiculite and perlite where I want the pings, and a lot of sand where the pygmies would be. Some choir is under the sphagnum where the nep would be and things like that. So far so good. Tomorrow, I'll start with the planing of some pings, drosera and utrics. Zongyi
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    Zongyi - that's AWESOME! I have a Ferrero Rocher container also, but mine is rectangular with "cut" corners on the top so it looks more like a jewel. That is funny, I was thinking about using it to grow spagnum moss just last week.

    Moranensis is an excellent and pretty choice. P. esseriana would also be good if you want something smaller, and it's a tough mexi-ping that seems to like any conditions I give to it. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
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