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    My Cephalotus setup

    I have recently reorganized my setup that i use to grow my little ceph. The light is 6400k and gives off about 10,000 lumens, the humidifier is a repti fogger that is turned on in the morning at max until I cant see the humidistat and is turned on at min. during the day for a few minutes and finally kept on right before the light goes out on mid dial for about 2-3 min. This keeps the tank at 80-60% humidity during the day and about 70-85% at night.




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    nice setup! i also use reptifoggers and t5s. love em both. best of luck to you n your plants.

    I use a hygrotherm to control the reptifoggers...makes it hands free but will set ya back about 60 bucks. somethin to think about down the road if you have some extra money though.

    cheers

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    Was thinking about one but I still am undecided due to the fact that the humidifier costs the same amount as the humidistat....

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    What about night temps? This species lives in a coastal climate where night temps drop to at least 55F every night, and this is a requirement if you are going to maintain their health long term.

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    Well it gets down to about 68 at night which is the usual minimum that it recieves.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whimgrinder View Post
    What about night temps? This species lives in a coastal climate where night temps drop to at least 55F every night, and this is a requirement if you are going to maintain their health long term.
    I disagree with this statement. My temps are mid 80's during the day and whatever the house temps are at night, probably mid 70's.
    Been growing them years this way, and they look like this:
    http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...9931-Ceph-pics


    My Grow List Updated 8/24/17

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    I find Cephalotus to be tolerant of many growing conditions - though living in Scotland I have never had to worry about arid conditions

    Statistics for their natural habitat, in Albany, can be found here: http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/averag...9500_All.shtml

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    Mobile beat me to it! I was just about to post this climate statistics URL: http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/averag...w_009637.shtml

    Even in January and February, when this region is the warmest of the year, the average nighttime lows are in the mid-fifties Fahrenheit. Daytime highs, on average, do not exceed eighty Fahrenheit. Now, while many folks like elgecko do successfully grow the species in conditions that are considerably outside the plants normal temperature range, I prefer to mirror the climate conditions as found in habitat. Are my results likely to be better than someone growing theirs in a terrarium in typical household temps? Well, maybe....maybe not. What all these varied experiences suggest is that Cephalotus, as far as temperature tolerance is concerned, is a very adaptable species as long as its core needs are met. I prefer to research a species' habitat conditions and emulate them as best I can. I believe that some knowledge of the environmental conditions of the plants you care for is an asset when trying to set up a grow space for them.

    FYI: my Cephalotus are growing in my highland Nepenthes house, right next to the south wall where they get full sun exposure through the glass. Because the containers are exposed to direct sunlight, I have chosen pale cream-colored ceramic pots to reduce the solar gain and therefore maintain a cool soil temperature, something I believe is crucial to root health for the species. If you plant in dark colored pots, you can't site them where the pot will heat up in the sun! Ceramic pots also tend to moderate the soil temperature better than plastic pots, in my experience.
    You've all probably seen this:
    [IMG]http://**************************************/2012/08/cephalotus-08-25a1.jpg[/IMG]

    See also: http://www.foxoles.dsl.pipex.com/index.html
    Last edited by Whimgrinder; 10-14-2012 at 07:17 AM.

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