I'm Nathan and just wanted to introduce myself to the forum. It's been a great source of information already as I've been reading up on topics for the past month or so.
A bit about me, I'm currently 25 and live in Northern Illinois. I started growing plants when I was about 13, carnivorous plants about 14-15. Sadly due to college, I was never able to keep my collection going since I was living in 2 new locations almost every year. (Moving from dorm rooms to back home, apartments, etc). Finally I feel I've been able to settle down and focus on my old hobby again.
This year I started off growing bonsai trees and exotic plants as they can be more fogiving to the wrong environment. (and give me time to correct it) However I feel comfortable that I've been able to work with my setup and tune it correctly to be home of my CP hobby once again.
So while I don't have a huge collection of CP's yet, I'm quickly looking to expand my collection!
I'll take you on a quick tour of my setup here as I love looking at setups that people post. They are a great source of inspiration for ideas!
First off this is my main growing stand. Home built using PVC pipe. Currently using two rows. I grow all of my trees and exotics here. Mostly sheet moss and spag. moss is growing on the bottom. Hopefully I'll be using that stock to build a nice terrerium this winter.
This is my new aquatic stand that I built, it has 3 shelves and can fit 9 10-gallon tanks total with the face vewing or 18 if I stack them in there. I also enjoy aquatic plants and fish so this stand is painted in an expoy floor paint that protects the wood from water. I currently have my CP tanks here since the stand is stronger than the PVC one.
(I should have cleaned it up for the photo)
Quick view of the 75 gallon Koi tank. (baby sitting some koi for the winter)
Two pics of my CP tanks.
First thank is my Highland Nepenthes tank which has a bunch of Nepenthes hanging out trying to adjust to their new home. (ordered this winter) There's also some mad sundews that are taking up the photo. (not enough light and too humid for them)
The second tank are some standard CP's which are currently in dormancy in a parking garage. Kinda nervious about the first dormancy period with this group, esp. since they are walmart and lowes rescue plants.
This is my RO unit which is a must in this house. Look at the first stage filter, it's only 2 month old and I buy them white. I've been so pleased with this unit, it takes water levels of 250ppm and currently brings it down to 7ppm. (Range is 3 to 8ppm depending on it's mood) I'm considering buying an ion stage add on that will take the 7ppm down to 0ppm
And of course... My two ever present garden helpers, who are always ready to eat whatever I drop on the floor and be in my way at all times.
Gizmo and Molly.
Can't wait till I have some plants photo worty or a new terrerium setup!