similar in price, but it would warp over time i did do half of the upper top to the back of the tank in plexiglass, so i can add holes easily if i need to in the future.
Exo, my old N. ampullaria green form made a very nice carpet of pitchers in a 6" Azalea pot. The plant was about a foot away from 240 watts of normal output fluorescents in my old 75 gallon fishtank (days 85-100*F / nights 70-80*F) the pots in the tank sat on a false bottom made of lighting grid and PVC couplings with 1-2" water beneath for evaporative humidity. The original plant had become an 18" vine in the pot and then the basals started popping up and after a year or so the pot was jammed with pitchers on miniature rosettes. So perhaps being root bound is a key to this "carpeting" habit as well as bright light?
If you're going to DIY I urge you to use real glass, I've come to the conclusion over the years that Plexi just sucks. Even that Lexan (humidity/heat "proof") sucks in comparison. Real glass is easy to cut once you get hang of it (scary to get started I know cos it is expoensive when you screw up in the beginning) but once you "get it" it's like a switch gets thrown and you can do it no problem ever after. It's a feeling of total freedom to build whatever kinda tank you want. (Custom T tanks? ) If you don't wanna learn glass cutting you can just buy your glass at Lowes or a glazier shop and they will cut it for you. If they don't polish it (smooth the sharp edges) just get a sanding block and some ultra fine sandpaper you just need a few seconds to smooth it out. If you haven't seen Jimmy's tank construction videos on youtube check em out.
Last edited by swords; 07-24-2010 at 04:06 PM.
Thanks swords.....right now my combined lighting is about 80W...I'm getting the feeling tha it gust isnt enough. My amp is in a gallon pot that it has been in for about 3 years, so I would assume it would be rootbound by now.
If I want more light I'm gonna have to either get a fishtank big enough or make my own....I can't change the lighting output in my current setup.