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    Just an update. Have a few different orchids and carnivorous plants in the terrarium. Acrylic warping hasn't been an issue. I'm looking forward to the weather cooling off for my Nepenthes and orchids. Enjoy!




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    what does the temperature stay at with the fans going?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Avery View Post
    Hi everyone,

    I just built this terrarium out of a sheet of acrylic that I had lying around. I know it’s small, but it was a fun project to do, and it will work for the plants I’m growing at the moment. It’s in an east facing window, so it will get morning light from 6:30ish til noon (in the summer), with ambient sun in the afternoons. I have supplemental lighting for the rest of the day and into the winter, and I’m hoping it’ll do, at least for now. I have two 40 watt CFL’s that each put out 2600 lumens at 6500 K.

    I believe that nighttime temperatures will be ideal for the highlands I have in it, as well as the Drosera species from China. My only issue will be heating it in the winter days, as the temperatures near the window will cool off substantially.

    I have two computer fans facing inward for circulation, and I was wondering if most people keep their fans on during the days, and turn them off at night? I’ve been running them during the day, and shutting them off at night (on a timer) as that is what makes the most sense to me. Just wondering what other terrarium growers do.

    I have moved some highland seedlings to the new terrarium, and I have a cloth window-shade that I will leave up for a number of days to acclimate them to sunlight.


    Also, being acrylic, I plan to hang smaller plants that need more light from the top if and when necessary. Any concerns or feedback are welcome and appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Avery



    Where did you get your lights? Or where do you think I would be able to find some?

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    home depot or any other large hardware store sells those type of reflectors in a few different sizes an they come with an optional clamp.

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    Yup, I think I bought them at Lowes. I'm sure Home Depot would also carry them. I may add a third bulb for winter lighting. During the day, the temperatures hover around 80F. They sometimes will sit around 75, and on hot days peak at about 85, rarely reaching 90. I think the sun plays a major factor in how hot it gets. Sometimes I will take the shade cloth off, and other days I'll leave it on. At night the temperatures will vary, usually hovering in the 60's. Keep in mind that I live in the Prairies in Canada, so this is our summer temperature. In winter I may need to supplement heating during the day, but in the evenings the temperatures will be perfect for Highland Nepenthes and the couple of Masdevallia orchids and single Dracula orchid that I keep. It's been tricky to find the right balance between the variety of plants that I have in the terrarium as far as lighting, humidity, and temperature go, but my intuition tells me that they're settling in happily and will take time and slightly cooler temperatures to thrive. Also, with the fans running for 16 hours a day, I don't think humidity is extremely high, however, I try to keep it humid enough with the moss growing and the way I have things positioned. Thanks for looking.

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