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    Hey all, Im planning on building a lowland growth chamber. Ive always wanted to grow a Bical. but was wondering if it would outgrow my chamber. The dimensions right now would be around 4'high x 4'wide x 8' long, or 5x4x8. Is this big enough?
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    Hi David,

    That's good planning because N. bicalcarata will be very big, mine was 6 feet in diameter when I repotted it and killed it (gulp) last summer. It took only about 12-18 months for it to go from a 12-14" diameter plant when I got it so you will need an enclosure the size you're talking about relatively soon.

    The main problem is, if you're like me you'll fill that space with other species as well while you're waiting for the bical to grow up. Necessitating an even bigger chamber...! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

    I'd like to hear your plans for construction and lighting of your chambers. I grow in large chambers too cos I live in a condo (1 big Nep chamber in each room for different climates).

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    josh,
    Thanks for your input currently i have a wee litte 10 gallon with an ampularia and albomarginata which are doing quite well, also a ceph which looks good as well. What i plan on doing is buying treated wood, and construct the box but without a top and a side, the wood will be painted with some type ofwhite finish. The top will be a piece of glass...I think and the side will also be a piece of glass. Id like the sid eto be a sliding glass door, so two parts of the side. I plan on using regular shop lights, as many as it will take. Hows that sound?

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    your planes sounds like a capital idea!

    But instead of glass may I suggest a acrylic like material? something like dura-plex would do nicely.
    https://www.instagram.com/hull.jess/ (I post pics of my plants there)

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    oh sorry I just relised that you are going to be making the top out of a clear material too. In that case an acrylic like material would warp under lights....
    https://www.instagram.com/hull.jess/ (I post pics of my plants there)

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    You may find the shoplights insufficient in intensity if they are a fair distance from the plants. Simply adding more doesn't fully make up for this shortcoming. The only way is to use a high intensity lighting such as compact fluorescent, highoutput fluorescent, metal halide, sodium etc..
    Is that a Nepenthes in your pocket or you just happy to see me?

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    Hey all,
    I really enjoy all the comments you have given and thank you all. This compact fluoro idea sounds good, Im not looking to spend a TON on power by using a HID bulb. Tony what kind of wattage would you recomend? Thanks once again all

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    There is a nice compact fluorescent bulb that Fluorex and Reagent use in their outdoor area lights available at Homedepot and Lowes. It is 65w and 6500k. Personally I would shoot for these instead of the standard soft white compact fluorescent which have a much poorer kelvin rating. 3 or 4 of these over an 8' long grow chamber should light it up very nicely.
    Here is a link so you can see what I am talking about. fluorex security flood light - compact fluorescent

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