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    hello fellow neppers ( JJM enterprises, Inc. :biggrin:)

    Well.....I have finally had to face reality....I'm getting a tank and making a terrarium for my highland neps... :\
    I dislike having to do this, since it limits how much space the plants will have to grow, but it is my only choice, for the meantime that is. I'm going to have something similar to Nep g's setup, with a fan for air circulation, a ultrasonic fogger for humidity, and water bottles filled with ice (gasp!!! :o) to cool it down. I'm also hoping to get a peltier eventually (either buying it off the internet or ripping it out of a mini-fridge) and connect it to the tank to cool it down even more. This will hopefully help my glabrata to get back on track. [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img] I'm telling you all this just to see if any of you have any recommendations or advice. I found the perfect tank, costs &#36110 but it has vents on the sides and comes with lights and a good lid. I'm not sure how many gallons, but It fairly high and wide, but not that long (which is enough for me since I only have 3 highlanders). I just hope that it's still there on monday. Thanks in advance.

    Joel

    BTW Ng: You don't have to put details on your highland setup here if you don't want to (I know that you've done that WAY too many times by now), but I would be happy to know of any tips or secrets that you may have! [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

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    what the heck is a peltier?

    i am thinkin of makin a highland tank too sometime next year or so, mayeb ill make it this year but i want rajah next year, if everything goes good, ill plant ventrosica in it and test out to see if i can get the temps rajah likes, but it should be finished proly next sumer

    and im getin a job in august, after my b day, hehe

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    hahaha, yeah but I'll write them up for you again. [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] OK so you got Glabrata and what other two first off? I think a small cooling unit out of a refridgerator would be a GREAT idea! I may try that once our fridge burns out or get an old one or somehting. But my MAIN secrets are ******** ***** **** * * * ******* ***** **** ** * ********** **** ** * **. And *********. :biggrin:

    Seriously though the main secrets I do for my Ultrahighlands is COOL IT DOWN most importantly and make the temps you wants STAY throughout the night. Liike I put my ice in at 9[img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img]0PM and it stays 52F (10C) until 6[img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img]0AM then starts to warm grdually up to 60F (15C) and then goes to about 70-80F(20-30C) the rest of the day. My other secret for ultrahighlands is plant them in living sphgnum. It REALLY helps them produce pitchers frequently and fully formed and it nice loose and airy for root structure development. and my last main secret is humidity,air ciculaiton and feeding. Just make sure air doesn't get TOO stagnant, it can becmoe a little but not like lowlanders, make sure humidity is 100% at night or very near there 80-90% is fine, and rember to always, even if pithers are VERY tiny STILL FEED YOUR PLANT SOMEHOW!!!! It will greatly make your wait for a mature palnt much shorter and you'll see increased growth and your plant will be healthier! [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    Also here is my Rajah, and Madgascareinsis in my renovated terarium. The soil got nasty and I wasn';t goign to risk a very rare Nepenthes. You can see now the Rajah has put out two new leaves since you all last saw it and that the Mad is doing better too. Also This design with pots in tank is MUCH easier to take care of than a palnted terarium, you can get uop close with the palnts when you need to and feed them easier and water and everthing MUCH easier!!!!


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    Hi,

    there are many drawbacks with peltier elements...

    1. I tried it once with one 50 Watt Element and it cooled down my terrarium only 1C !!

    2. water condenses on the cold surface. If it is really cold, ice will build and after getting big enough (or after shutting down the power) it will fall on your plants...
    Mine didn't build ice but very cold water drops had fallen down on my plants. I doubt that they will like this.

    3. Because of water condensing on the peltier element, humidity will significantly drop !

    4. it consumes a lot of energie and the fans (for cooling the hot side) are noisy.

    Martin


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    Thanks for the replies everyone!

    Ng,

    I'm going to put al least 3 plants in the terrarium with a 4th one as well if there is space. The plants are N glabrata, N sanguinea, N ventricosa, and N madagascariensis.

    Joel

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    OK, those are all regular highlands so this will be farily easy to setup. [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] You'll have more than enough room for all of those plants as they are farily small,low, growers.

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