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 Post subject: Re: Growing indoors in a mini terrarium
PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 7:33 am 
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:o OOOOOOH i love the new growing case!!!!!!! where'd you get it?? I want one of those!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Growing indoors in a mini terrarium
PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 8:53 am 
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Hi Bryan,

No problem, here we go:

http://www.exo-terra.com/en/products/na ... medium.php

We have the medium sized 24” x 18” x 24” (WxDxH) - of course a little specified -we took out the mesh topping (which keeps animals from getting out) 'cause it sucks up about 30% of the light when staying in (runs below the lamps). We use three T5 bulbs with light color 865 (2x 8W + 1x 18W) and made a wooden topping so that humidity and warmth stay in - ventilation with two of the Cooler Master pc fans (you see them on the pics). In the substrate we have two heating mats (15W + 7W) and temperatures over the day ~24°C and in the night ~17°C. The orchids seem to love it :D

And this is what we're going to buy next (for holidays ;) ) as soon as it's available in Germany (should be already on the market in the US)

http://www.exo-terra.com/en/products/monsoon_rs400.php :)

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sylvia,

that is just too cool... i need to upgrade! thanks :D

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 Post subject: Re: Growing indoors in a mini terrarium
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Bryan Goddard wrote:
sylvia,

that is just too cool... i need to upgrade! thanks :D


No problem, you're very welcome :D

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 7:11 pm 
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Wow..that looks like a fun project to do.

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 Post subject: Re: Growing indoors in a mini terrarium
PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2012 12:26 am 
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Update

Some photos to compare with the one's when we started the vivarium - going to add more the next days

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2012 3:15 am 
That looks great! :clap:


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Jensli wrote:
That looks great! :clap:


Thank you, Jens :D

Update - compare to the photos from the start - It looks quite crowded now :lol:

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You've got a beautiful jungle there, Sylvi.


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 Post subject: Re: Growing indoors in a mini terrarium
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Fantastic job on this. Keep us updated, please.


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 Post subject: Re: Growing indoors in a mini terrarium
PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 8:40 am 
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great orchidium, looks like a natural jungle!!


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 Post subject: Re: Growing indoors in a mini terrarium
PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 1:35 pm 
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Thank's Adrienne, Brian & Didier :D

Today we want to make an update on the improvements and technical equipment we added.

During the first month we only watered manually - with a pressure sprayer filled with r/o water and fertilizer. Summer holidays came closer and we needed to think about watering the orchids in the vivarium during our abscence. When leaving home for a few days we asked our daughter to do this for us. But summer holidays were planned for all the three of us.

We checked several systems and prizes and finally got "Lucky Reptile Super Rain".

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There are three nozzles inside, two on the left...

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...and one on the right side

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Under the vivarium there is a storage container containing 5l of r/o water nourished with fertilizer.

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To be able to easily check temperature and humidity we got two sensors with digital displays sitting on top, sensors inside of course ;)

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This is how it looks like when it is raining :D

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The whole technical equipments is controlled / managed via an usb programmable electrical socket. The timers are set via USB and a Netbook. We set on/off times for heating, light, ventilation and rain.

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We've got four sockets which are programmable....

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...and these are kind of screenshots of the programming software

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When we're at home we still water the orchids manually around 11 a.m. and to increase humidity a bit we run the "Super Rain" for about 15 seconds after returning home from work in the early evening hours.

We are thinking about probably adding one or two more nozzles - but altogether we are really content with it.

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What a fantastic indoor setup !

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What a fantastic indoor setup !


Thank you, Peter :D

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 Post subject: Re: Growing indoors in a mini terrarium
PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 5:08 pm 
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Awesome! Please tell Olaf I am ready to place my order for one with him. :clap: :clap: :clap:


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