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    Quote Originally Posted by rattler View Post
    its natural habitat is spring fed peat swamps......moving water is the key to making it work.....moving water brings O2 to the roots.......not surprised at all that it works.....good job........
    I agree. I laud the creativity and I think the driftwood supplies O2 and good drainage. Great job!

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    WOW that's Awesome! I love fully planted tanks like that!

    How is water being supplied over the logs? Do you have a small pump, do you mist heavily, do you dump a dixie cup of R/O over it?

    What temps do your paludariums experience day and night?

    And of course, can we see an overall tank shot of the bigger Ceph here at the end?

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    Quote Originally Posted by swords View Post
    WOW that's Awesome! I love fully planted tanks like that!

    How is water being supplied over the logs? Do you have a small pump, do you mist heavily, do you dump a dixie cup of R/O over it?

    What temps do your paludariums experience day and night?

    And of course, can we see an overall tank shot of the bigger Cephalotus here at the end?
    There is a pump is the back that runs to a 8-1 spliter, those 8 lines are feed to different locations over the diftwood. I flood the tank every month or 3, depending on when I have the time. Sometimes I mist sometimes I water with a mini turker baster using the tank water. Hey, if you don't have a mini turkey baster for your plants yet, get out and get it! But it can be 2-3 weeks between me doing anything besides feeding the killifish.

    As for temps I really don't know, household temps? 75-65? The water has a heater and is set at 74 so the circulated water would be 74.

    The larger Cephalotus is from this mini vivarium, a full write up can be seen here http://www.orchidboard.com/community...cro-minis.html. Lots of useless info in there, some usefull. Long read.

    Anyway for those that don't want to bother here is a full Cephalotus pic and the tank.

    Take note of the sun burnt orchid leaves, those leaves were burnt by 2 T5HO bulbs, 1 of which is an actinic bulb.



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    Wow!!! That has to be the coolest terrarium setup I've ever seen! I feel like I'm right there looking down on the plant in the wild or something!

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    What are all those other laves? I see a definite orchid that looks kinda Dendrobium-like, then some paddle-shaped leaves like a Utricularia by the Cephalotus, then, what really interests me, are some green things between the two that look inflated. What other wild stuff you got growing in there?!?
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    Check out his link to the other forum it gives a keyed "map" to this amazing creation:

    http://www.orchidboard.com/community...cro-minis.html

    All the pages are worth reading, just the kinda thing geeks like me enjoy!

    RSS,
    On the side I'd like to know how you get HC to grow like that. Mine just sits there thinning itself... Maybe it hates the coir/peat mix I used or maybe I divided my clumps too small and that set them back...forever... We have a local nursery that specializes in what they call "Fairy Plants" (miniature terrarium plants). They do nothing special for their HC that I can tell and it's overabundant filling pots and troughs all over the nursery spilling over the sides...

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    looking amazing man. wow!! I am planning on doing something very similar but a bit more traditional. I'll post up more details once I get it going. lol!! but yeah...it also involves growing a Cephalotus as an epiphyte.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lil Stinkpot View Post
    What are all those other laves? I see a definite orchid that looks kinda Dendrobium-like, then some paddle-shaped leaves like a Utricularia by the Cephalotus, then, what really interests me, are some green things between the two that look inflated. What other wild stuff you got growing in there?!?
    The one of the right of the Cephalotus is a Pleurothallis grobii, it just will not bloom in there thou. I'm thinking its just too much light for that species. The one on the left is an unided Pleurothallis species, I thought it would die when I put it in there so I did not label it, it had not roots just a leaf or two. Division scraps . The vast mat of green stuff to the right/bottom is Plagiomnium affine, the stuff around the Cephalotus is just something that grew on its own. Very high humidity makes all sorts of odd things pop up, its annoying.

    Quote Originally Posted by swords View Post
    Check out his link to the other forum it gives a keyed "map" to this amazing creation:

    http://www.orchidboard.com/community...cro-minis.html

    All the pages are worth reading, just the kinda thing geeks like me enjoy!

    RSS,
    On the side I'd like to know how you get HC to grow like that. Mine just sits there thinning itself... Maybe it hates the coir/peat mix I used or maybe I divided my clumps too small and that set them back...forever... We have a local nursery that specializes in what they call "Fairy Plants" (miniature terrarium plants). They do nothing special for their HC that I can tell and it's overabundant filling pots and troughs all over the nursery spilling over the sides...
    Medium/High light seems to be the only requirement to get HC to grow like a weed, oh and being constantly moist to wet. I do fert that little tank every week but the strength is so low that I doubt its having that much effect. I started that HC mat with a few 1/4" pieces of plant, not clumps of plants just little stems I pulled off of another aquatic plant. So I don't think its your portion size, it likely the light levels, I'm watching some HC die back right now not 10 feet from that batch the only big different is the light levels. (running a little experiment, poor plants)
    Last edited by Joseph Clemens; 03-06-2011 at 05:41 PM. Reason: N. A.

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