Finally I went from the OTT-Lite 13watt lamp to this::
2 x GE Britestik Fluorescent lights
I am using 2 of them
Firstly my positioning...
Since I have no dome and no means to support that big tube over such a small tank, there is a overhang of 15 cm.
This is what i did. To avoid heating issues and tube failure...I used a piece of paper and made a wedge which I put over the sill of the tank on either sides.
I rested the tube with the fixture facing outwards.
As u notice the light going to plants is very low. So as a dome...I used a piece of regular box cardboard which coincidentally has a white outside and made a dome with the white over.
The light has improved. As for the overhang...I am trying 2 methods to grow live sphagnum that I just recieved. When I just put the red and green dragons...the displaced media gave me an idea to try 2 methods if one doesn't work.Originally Posted by [b
I put some blond live sphagnum as a ground cover...kinda pressed it in a little. then I put some green sphagnum over it. I sprayed it and put quite some rain water in it.
In the terrarium...a couple of VFTs are closely spaced...but hopefully it shouldb't be too bad.
the surface was cleaned or most of the old dry "wetted" dead sphagnum was removed except for some parts where there was signs of green..ness and a piece of carpet moss.
Then I spread over the blond sphagnum...all of it on the ground cover. Then I once again placed the remaining scarce amount of green sphagnum on it.
Remember the drain hole I had on side through the media to see water level...well....I acutally put some blond sphagnum in there and put a little green on top...then I poured water in there...kinda to try a mini marshland and see if the moss survives.
I tried these 2 scenarios for the moss.
Now the lighting is the part. I have gone from my earlier one 13 watt lamp to 2 tube lights totalling a 68 watts and around 1500 lux.
I noticed that the heat production is kinda high now. So....I have this regular household revolving fan. I face it towards the terrarium and put on low.
I can notice the air inside moving as some of the vft leaves do move as well. Hopefully...the humidity should stay high, temp inside DID definately increase...and there is now aircirculation as well.
Hopefully the VFT's should now atleast grow well without any signs of low light...I don't care red traps...I just want them to be growing healthyly.