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    How many watts of light are needed in a highland terrarium and how do I cool it? (10 gallon, with tuberous dews, U. reniformis, Ceph, D. hamiltonii, probibly Heliamphora and brocchina later).

    What would I use to move air in this situation?

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    i'd personally put as many lights over it as i can. same light as a lowlander would require i assume.

    add a PC fan for circulation.

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    Dido to what JLAP said.

    However, compact fluros or a fluorex would probably be the only way to get enough light, and keeping such a small terrarium cool with these lights overhead may be an issue.
    There are several methods of cooling a terrarium (read prior posts) but they're probably not practical for a tiny terrarium.

    Oh.....and I have been growing brocchinia and heliamphora heterodoxa x minor under more lowland conditions (80-85F day, 70F night). The brocchinia are almost 20" tall and I'm concerned it might outgrow the terrarium!
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    I'm not sure if it would be appropriate for such a small enclosure, but you could use a humidifier to cool it. Temps go down as humidity goes up, so sticking an ultrasonic humidifier in there would definitely cool things. I think I've read reports of a difference of ten degrees or more from the ambient air temperature using this method.
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    Hmm. Okay then I suppose I need more watts then I have (30 with 15 full spectrum).

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    I have 46W on mine. 30's on the low side, but you can probably get away with it if you grow CPs that like medium light....but highland neps? Hmmm....you might have a hard time getting them to grow nice pitchers if the light's too low.
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