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 Post subject: Growing indoors in a mini terrarium
PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2011 11:12 am 
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Just a few pics from our mini terrarium - technical support by my wonderful husband ;)

Front view - meassures 40cm x 25cm x25cm

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List of current inhabitants ;)

- Ascocentrum pusilla
- Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta
- Phal. braceana
- Phal. wilsonii
- Neolauchea pulchella
- Neofinetia falcata x Asctr. ampullaceum
- Masdevallia strobelii
- Psygmorchis pusilla
- Barbosella spec.
- Pleurothallis jannettiae
- Pleurothallis rubella
- Specklinia lateritia
- Phal. equestris 'Apari' x Kingidium deliciosum
- Phal. equestris fma rosea x Phal. chibae
- Phal. Memoria Mildret Holt (lindenii x lobbii)
- Phal. schilleriana (Baby)
- Phal. equestris fma rosea x Kingidium minus
2x Tillandsiae

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2011 2:38 pm 
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Wonderful, everything looks happy!


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 Post subject: Re: Growing indoors in a mini terrarium
PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2011 4:25 pm 
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Cool!! All the plants look great!


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 Post subject: Re: Growing indoors in a mini terrarium
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Good job, Sylvia! Looks very green and fresh! Your babies must be happy!


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 Post subject: Re: Growing indoors in a mini terrarium
PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 3:53 am 
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Thanks to you all - I'm happy you like it!
In the substrate there's a 15w heating mat - keeps the temperature over the day at about 22-23°C. At 7 p.m. it turns off and the temperature during the night is about 17-18°C (to get a temperature difference of about 4-5°C).
The 80mm pc fan provides the required ventilation :D

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 Post subject: Re: Growing indoors in a mini terrarium
PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 7:55 am 
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It all looks great, Sylvia, but I especially love your Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta. Someday it will outgrow your terrarium.


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sylvia,

i LOVE your setup, looks really great!!!!! I, too, grow in an aquarium under (T5) lights. can you tell me more about your setup and how you care for your plants (i.e. how you handle watering, how you keep things looking so clean and fresh, how close the plants are to the lights and what lights are being used, and anything else you think may be useful).

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ps i'm using the same fan! i'll post some pics of my setup soon too.

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 Post subject: Re: Growing indoors in a mini terrarium
PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2011 11:52 am 
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@Bryan:
I'm happy that you like our setup, as I said before my husband carried out the modification from a small fish tank to an orchid vitrine. We started it as a kind of trial setup that can be modified according to our (and the orchid's) needs.
What makes it easy to keep it clean is probably the mesh attached to the back side and the right. It's detachable and thus you can easily clean the glass.
The water we use is osmotic water with fertilizer, for phalaenopsis during period of growth up to 200 - 350 micro siemens, for most of the orchids in the terrarium rather less (about 150 - 200 micro siemens). This is probably one reason why we don't get the ugly calcification (hope I use the correct terms and you can get the sense what I mean...)
I spray the orchids during morning hours, some every day some from time to time (green thumb ;) ).
Artificial light is T5, 11W, 865 daylight (color). It's attached 5cm above the ceiling, aerangis rhodosticta gets about 3800 Lux (footcandle) and on the base (ground) plants get about 2000 Lux. Lights are on from 11 am to 11 pm.
The pc fan (12V) runs at 6V DC, during the day approximately every two hours for 30 minutes, during the night every hour for about 30 minutes.
Okay, hope that's of help for you - we are very curious (my husband and I) to see your pictures!
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 Post subject: Re: Growing indoors in a mini terrarium
PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2011 8:09 am 
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very nice display. Almost looks like a naturalistic vivarium. How many fans, how strong are they?

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 Post subject: Re: Growing indoors in a mini terrarium
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Tindomul1of9 wrote:
very nice display. Almost looks like a naturalistic vivarium. How many fans, how strong are they?


Thank's :D - Yeah, vivarium was also our idea behind... Here we had one fan, 80mm in diameter, running on 6V, normal voltage would be 12V.

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After a few shopping tours to our favorite orchid growers we definitely had to expand :roll: :lol:

60cm x 45cm x 60cm

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Now the ventilation - this time two 80mm fans, one blowing in, one sucking out ;) - running on 6V (both)

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 4:46 pm 
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Ooh, that's great, Sylvia! Now you can send me your old one. :evil:


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 Post subject: Re: Growing indoors in a mini terrarium
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rangiku wrote:
Ooh, that's great, Sylvia! Now you can send me your old one. :evil:


:lol: but the plants moved, too :evilbat:

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 Post subject: Re: Growing indoors in a mini terrarium
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Update in our mini jungle :D

Frontview with open window ;)
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Right corner
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Phal. parishii 'Purple Lip' No1
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Phal. parishii 'Purple Lip' No2
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Pleurothallis
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Tillandsie
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And those guys live next to the jungle - what do you think they're thinking about us crazy orchidfreaks ;) - couldn't resist uploading them, too :lol:

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I love the jungle! The rats, not so much : )

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