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    Thanks, that does help a ton. I just got back from Home Depot (shelly let me know they are open late, thanks). Unfortunately, the fixtures I have - I brought with me from Japan. So the lightbulbs sold here don't fit. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img]

    Not sure if I'm going to try and have lightbubls mailed from Japan, or buy new ones, but either way its going to be $100+. Crap. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img]

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    That sucks! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img]

    Why not just buy two cheap twintube shoplight fixtures? That would give you 4 bulbs and together the two fixtures shouldn't cost more than $20-$30. Maybe as low as $15 if theres a sale on. Lights of America makes very inexpensive twintube shoplight fixtures (usually 5.99-9.99 for the twin tube fixture minus the tubes) and they work just fine over terrariums or aquariums.

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    The ones I saw at Home Depot were quite a bit higher than the prices you quoted. I'm going to try Walmart tomorrow to look for some cheaper fixtures.

    Thanks again.

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    Hey everyone.

    I got a great deal on some light fixtures, so I bought them (some assembly required, hehe).

    Sorry, the pictures are terrible, but here is what it looks like.


    I have the old lights behind the aquarium, they might as well do something. I obviously need to move the plants on the right side away from the lights, though.


    And the people at my local hardware store had no idea what egg crate is, so I fashioned one out of some styrofoam I had lying around. I actually have two of them, but when they were stacked, my tentaculata was touching the top of the terrarium. Oops!

    So, I just need to build those reflector deals, and repot, and I'm all set (hopefully). Thank you to everyone who has helped.. and if anyone has any further suggestions - don't be shy! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    Oops, maybe nobody mentioned the real name of the egg crate stuff... It's "Fluorescent Lighting Grid" for use in recessed ceiling lighting fixtures. It's sold in 24" x 48" sheets. To make it the size/shape you need simply snap the sections of the grid with a pliers to reduce it to the size you want. The Grid should be right by the fluorescent lighting fixtures in large open ended bulk boxes.

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    Hey everybody,

    GREAT advice. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] Worked like a charm.

    Because of a forum glitch, I received an "email notification" about this thread, so I thought now would be a good time to show some updated pictures of the plant.

    I hope it's visible in the pictures, but the plant looks a lot better. Each leaf is getting progressively larger, the leaves have a tinge of color, the pitchers are bigger and more colorful, and it just looks happy.





    BTW, at the advice of Jeremiah, I have recently moved all of my plants even closer to the lights, so maybe in 3 more months I will have even better photos. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    They look great, Pat! Nice hamata too!

    Capslock
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    My photos are copyright-free and public domain

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    Thanks Capslock. I'm really happy with how the plant turned around.

    Pat

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