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    Jeremiah's New Heli Grow Chamber

    Hello all,

    I just wanted to post a few photos of my newly setup Heliamphora grow chamber. A huge thank you goes to Butch for all the great advice to help me set this up similar to his.

    Here is a great thread with advice from him.
    http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...=123304&page=2

    I have been growing a lot of these plant for 5 years or more in my greenhouses but they really have never done a whole lot for me. Last winter I decided I would build a new grow chamber to really try and succeed with the genus. As we all know Butch grow the best looking Heliamphora around so I asked his advice.

    My chamber is not 100% identical but I'm hoping it will do the trick.

    The chamber is 2' x 4'. I'm using a 4' T5 8 bulb fixture that is on for 14 1/2 hours a day. At 6:30am my humidifier (Sunpentown SU2000) turns on at 7am one fan (120mm 800RPM S-Flex 33.5 CFM @ 8.7dBA.) turns on. The lights and the other fan come on at 7:30am everything then run all day. The temps seem to max out at 74F, at 9pm one fan and the lights shut off. The other fan then runs until 9:30 and cools the chamber to about 60F. At 10pm the humidifier then turns off but will come on for 1/2 an hour at midnight and 3am. The humidity durning the night stays at about 85% to 90%. Now that the chamber is full it stays at 75% at the far end of the chamber durning the day.

    The chamber is surrounded on three sides with foam board with a reflective aluminum side facing the chamber. The viewing side is drop plastic that I will velcro to seal. There is nothing covering the top other then the lighting which covers just about everything other then a 1" gap at the opposite end then the fans. For the racks I use three Chrome Whitmor Supreme Small 3-Tier Shelves with lighting egg crate on the growing shelf.

    I have only had it up and running for a few days now so I will have to add new photos as things progress.

    Now for the photos...





















    Thanks
    -Jeremiah-

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    this looks pretty cool, i was thinking of setting something up just like this

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    I just added everything up and here was the price...

    $200 Lighting Sun Blaze T5 48 - 4' -8 Lamp - Includes 6500deg K Bulbs
    3 x $40 Chrome Whitmor Supreme Small 3-Tier Shelves
    $10 foam backing
    $6 2' tubing to go from the humidifier to the chamber
    $65 Sunpentown SU-2000 Ultrasonic humidifier
    2 x $15 Power Supply with 4 Pin Molex (2000mA)
    2 x $10 Scythe S-FLEX 120mm Case Fan, 800RPM, Model: SFF21D DIR4669962
    $5 Power strip
    $5 Velcro for the plastic cover

    $456 total

    I already had
    3 programable digital timers (about $20 each)
    clear plastic to cover the front
    Thermometer and humidity gauge
    1 power strip

    I'm still going to build a large tray for the whole chamber to sit in so it does not leak water. I am also woking on a way to hook the humidifier to a small float valve so I don't have to fill it once a day.

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    looking good JH. I would be interested to know if the humidity ends up being higher on the side it comes in from and whether that ultimately makes a big difference or not. with the fans helping out, probably not a big deal.

    Looking forward to the updates.

    ---------- Post added at 07:10 AM ---------- Previous post was at 07:00 AM ----------

    just followed the link to butch's setup. looks like they do better than fine with this setup.. looks like i'll have to get something like this setup too

    Don't see any mention of how you are powering those PC fans. Didn't notice a pc power supply.. what type of adapter are you using for it and where did you get it?

    Good luck. Hope it works out well for you as well
    Last edited by zlookup; 05-18-2011 at 04:19 AM. Reason: removed question.. reread initial post
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    Ohhhh, wow!!!
    Fantastic job, Jeremiah!!!
    Such a lovely collection- can't wait to see the progress!

    *points at the tall white one* I'm also excited cause we use the same pots

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    Very nice! I would do it if it wasn't so much!

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    Thanks guys,

    The power supply is listed 6 items from the top on my price list, it is shoved behind the chamber in the photos.

    Here is who I got it from. http://www.coolerguys.com/840556029977.html

    I love those tall white pots, especially when used in the greenhouse since the sun will heat up black pots so fast.

    Thanks,
    -Jeremiah-

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    That looks so... clinical! I love it! So clean and well done. Absolutely amazing my friend. Please keep us all posted as they thrive in there!
    "The plants you grow, end up growing you."


    My Grow List:
    http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=123995

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