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    Smile My Heliamphora Pic. Thread!

    Since I just made some major changes to my growing tactics and conditions, I thought I should start a thread. Originally, my Heliamphora was all kept with the rest of my Highland Neps as well as all of my other indoor CPs, which is still how I have them, but it is now more that all my other plants are kept with my Helis. I am now gearing my setup to be optimized more for the Helis than for anything else. I have also majorly cut my growlist over the past little while, to make room for more Helis, and a few other very rare CPs.

    Before:


    Conditions:
    Daytime Temps- 78-80F
    Nighttime Temps- 65-70F
    Humidity- 60-65%

    20 Gallon Long Terrarium, with occasional misting with spray bottle
    4ft shoplight- 2 32W soft white T8 bulbs

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    Conditions:
    Daytime Temps- 70-72F
    Nighttime Temps- 60-65F
    Humidity 85-90% with lots of ventilation and air circulation! Two cooling fans are used, one pointing in and one pointing out. Humidifier output is right next to the fan that points in, so that the cool, humid air is blown into the terrarium, and circulated a bit before being sucked out by the second fan.


    Exo-Terra Terrarium
    Exo Terra Compact Fluorescent Hood- 18" 2 26W 2.0UVB bulbs (Exo-Terra)
    4ft Shoplight- 2 32W soft white T8 bulbs
    Reptifogger-soon to be replaced with a better humidifier that has a larger water tank
    2 Cooling fans- just plain computer fans wired onto separate transformers



    Here's a short video that sort of pans through the terrarium and shows the cooling system: (you have to click on the picture to go to it)

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    show off..

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    Beautiful setup Ann.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mass View Post
    show off..
    Well what else am I supposed to do? Sit around and hide my pride and joy (my Helis) from the rest of the world

    Besides, if you compare my Heli collection to say Butch's collection, mines nothing! His is the best in the world! (IMO)


    Quote Originally Posted by dionae View Post
    Beautiful setup Ann.
    Thank you! I was going for a nice display with good functionality. Seems to have worked pretty good

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann_A View Post

    Besides, if you compare my Heli collection to say Butch's collection, mines nothing! His is the best in the world! (IMO)
    OMG Hush woman

    You've come a long ways Anne, very nice setup lil one....
    careful about letting condensation form on the pitchers, adjust your plant placement/air flow/mist levels to prevent that

    Helis dont like that over the long term

    I think mass is the pot calling the kettle black hehehehehehe
    Last edited by Av8tor1; 10-05-2011 at 07:10 AM.

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    Butch's collection

    Ann's collection

    Great job!! Those helis look divine and your neps look great too!

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    How are you keeping the temps low? If I could solve that issue I'd be growing them and tuberous sundews.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimscott View Post
    How are you keeping the temps low? If I could solve that issue I'd be growing them and tuberous sundews.
    I just run 2 cooling fans all the time the lights are on, as well as a humidifier, which seems to do the trick. The ambient room temp is usually about 76F.

    ---------- Post added at 08:50 AM ---------- Previous post was at 08:35 AM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by Av8tor1 View Post
    You've come a long ways Anne, very nice setup lil one....
    careful about letting condensation form on the pitchers, adjust your plant placement/air flow/mist levels to prevent that

    Helis dont like that over the long term
    Thank you! I actually don't get hardly any condensation, but I had just gone through and misted everything with a spray bottle to refill the pitchers and make it look even more "tropical" so that's why there is a bit of condensation on the plants. Thank you again for all of your help!

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