Well...Its been nearly 4 moths since I expanded my nep setup to my new enclousure. Well... The neps have now all acclaimatised. However, as expected the rajah is the issue here now. Growth is fine...its nice and green. BUT... the tendrils don't even extend more than 1 inch. I have talked to Rob Cantley and he suggested that I have tremendously low light.
I noticed that myself as a new bical pitcher since adding extra light is nearly around 30% larger than the old ones.
This is the dimension of my enclosure: (NOTE: 3 month old pic)
Now as you can see there is a single light source to illuminate the plant. Its this simple GE Gro & SHo light bulb.
Now, I guess I plan to step up the lighting for the highlanders. I plan on using this:
each is 27 watt.
Now my concern is the heat that is released. Being winter...the temp here is like 70F or max 72 during the day. Interestingly...My bical seems to appreciate only mid 70's and not too high temps. GRowth is bigger under these medium temps and as temps go higher it was slower in growth. my temps used to go to 90 for the bical.
Well...this is my plan for a light setup:
A wooden box 24 inches in length or maybe whatever is available. I am thinking CFL's are the best considering I do not need to bother about ballast etc. I think I just need that BULB connector, wires, wall outlet and bulbs ... thats it.
here is my plan:
Seperate plugs to modulate light amount. I can probably also use a shade cloth if required.
Also do u think I need holes in the setup to ensure the heat rises up and keeps the lowest highland shelf cooler. I notice that CFL's run hotter than a TUBE. In case of too much heat..I can probably USE the 2 x 15 watt CFL's instead of 2 x 27 watt.
any comments and advice would be appreciated.