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Thread: What is considered a "ultra highland"

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    I was wondering what would be an ultra highland? Is the hamata ultra. Is there any special care needed for these?

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    rajah and villosa are good examples. The difference between highland and "ultra highland" is that most highland can do well in intermediate conditions, while ultra highlanders "must" have constant high humidity and their temperature range must be strictly adhered to constantly. They are just...picky...i guess you could say
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    What would the ideal temps and humidity be for the ultras? would using maybe a heat pad during the day and they at night turn on the humidifier that has a fan and maybe putting a frozen water bottle to make it get colder be a good idea? I might try to make a ultra type setting for my hamata to see how that does. How about muluensis x lowii? I read that if the temp gets above 80 they won't pitcher?

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    hybrids are much more tolerant of temperature ranges, unless of course it is ultra x ultra. A suitable temperaturerange would be at least 40F at night with high humidity (above 70%) and heat during the day would not be a good idea, especially to the roots. hamata isn't too picky as long as humidity is always high and temperature is cool range of 80 to 50F.

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    Don't use a heat pad for ultrahighlanders since they don't need anything far above 75F during the day anyway. Using a frozen water bottle is not too effective and a big hassle.

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    I have posted a cool growing vivarium that a gentleman from sweden had build. It used a chest freezer on the bottom and the top was clear so you could see into it. He uses it to grow cool growing orchids. The highlanders of the orchid kingdom you could say. You owuld have to do a search on here for it. I have the pictures saved but I need to get to work now. It is a really nice setup and would cost a bit, but to me would be worth it. Anywho goodluck.
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    I'm not getting into getting some of these ultra's like rajah and villosa. I'm just trying to make a hamata a little happier.

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    10gal tank + plexiglass cover + some sort of vent + frozen water bottle + good lighting = happy Hamata.
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