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    Moderator Schmoderator Fluorescent fluorite, England PlantAKiss's Avatar
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    Me again! I'd leave the top off. There really is no need to keep them enclosed unless you just like it for looks or something. They really do like air movement and that will keep the crowns from rotting if they get wet. I try to simulate nature (as much as one can with a potted plant). Just think of how they would be living if they were in their native habitat. Lots of sun, lots of water, air circulation, warm summers, chilly winters.... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    I think you will be just fine!

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    One other simple dilemma...my tank is a 5 1/2 gallon. It's not large enough at the top to fit a 12 inch florescent bulb, and I can't seem to find 6 inch tubes anywhere. Also, being that size of a tank, how much "wattage" should I need? 15 watt, 25 watt, 40 watt... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
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    HI again C-newbie [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    You will most likely not be able to find a light fixture for a very small tank. I use common shop lights which have 2 tube slots. My smaller tanks are 10-gallon. With a ten-gallon tank, the 24" shop light (40 watts) works well. If you want to use the smaller tank, you may just have to deal with "overhang" at the ends of the tank. Oh...and the lights would be over the tank, not IN it.

    My indoor CPs are on a plant stand (adjustable shelf levels). I hang the lights from the shelf above. My larger tanks have 2 banks of lights. Lighting might be a problem if you don't have any way to hang the light. I have heard of people resting the tubes on the top of the tank, but I don't know if that's safe.

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    I'll be looking into shop light fixtures today. If I were to use a florescent bulb and place it just inside the top of the tank, the light would be about 6-7 inches away from the plant. Unless I found a way to place it above, but I don't know that a shop light sixture looks like yet! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
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    Here is what a shop light looks like...

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    IS that your VFT? Cause thats a nice house you got, nice street too. looks almost like a dream spot.

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    That light sits above two Nepenthes alata in a indoor greenhouse. Just under the Nepenthes are 14 VFTs, with additional grow lamps. The VFTs will be removed soon and placed on my back porch to receive natural light.

    The neighborhood is nice. The window in the picture faces North. Not really a dream spot, I am less than 100 feet from a busy 2 lane road. However, the parades go right by. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img] The house is 107+ years old.
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    The pic. isn't loading for me [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img]

    I think my hubby has an idea now. We did that setup with the two lights, and now he wants to get a new aquarium lid, use the florescent glo bulb and put a small fan on either side, one to blow air in and the other to suck air out.

    I guess we'll see! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]
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