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    My VFTs are enjoying the outside sunlight so much that I am wondering whether my plans for a plexiglass top on my terrarium is not a mistake.

    Any light-filtering probs with run-of-the-mill plexiglas? Do the plants need the UV that it almost certainly reduces?

    I can mount the lights within the enclosure, or put in cutouts for them, if I need to. (I may do this anyway--I have this idea that I can hide the lights effectively by using a reflective border around the top edge of the tank, and on the bottom side of the plexiglass top.)

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    If you are not having problems growing them in your current conditions, I wouldn't change a thing.

    And if they are outside, you want to be careful about closing them off. VFT's need air flow and they will start to rot if they don't get it.

    Leaving a top off is the best thing to do.

    If you do put something on top and add lights, try to open it up somewhere else.

    Also, keep them enclosed will raise the temperature and the soil temp. ( not the temp around it ) cannot get above 86-88 degrees, If it does, the roots will be damaged by the heat. You will notice it in about a week.

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    I've been growing plants indoors with pexiglass tops, with no problems.

    Ron

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    It's a product of Röhm (Germany)
    look at their website for technical data
    http://www.roehm.de/eng/plexiglas/

    btw, they offer a newly developed ALLTOP plexiglas with light transmission of 92 % (inclusive UV !!!!!). Ideal for greenhouses but very expensive :-(

    Martin

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    Quote: from Martin on 2:45 pm on April 18, 2002
    It's a product of Röhm (Germany)
    look at their website for technical data
    http://www.roehm.de/eng/plexiglas/

    btw, they offer a newly developed ALLTOP plexiglas with light transmission of 92 % (inclusive UV !!!!!). Ideal for greenhouses but very expensive :-(

    Martin[/QUOTE]

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