my first orchid tank

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Re: my first orchid tank

Post by phalaenopsis » Fri Jan 11, 2013 10:08 am

i used to use a saw to cut a large pvc pipe (wider the better) to small pieces of the same length-- you can choose 1 inch, 3/4 inch, whatever you choose. the pvc pipe is usually around 10 dollars for an 8 ft or so length of pipe, and that gives you almost 96 pieces for around 10-15 bux. the egg crate sites nicely on that.

really you can use any plastic pieces that are the same size-- free is better than cheap. i've started using old polypropylene takeout containers too, since i either toss them in the recycle box or trash.

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Re: my first orchid tank

Post by orchideya » Fri Jan 11, 2013 10:13 am

I agree, anything that is same hight, stable and does not deteriorate in high humidity would do as egg crate support.

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Re: my first orchid tank

Post by Orchidsarefun » Fri Jan 11, 2013 10:33 am

you don't appear to have any fans, exhaust or otherwise. Is that what you are planning on long term or are you going to add. I ask because I am going to be interested in your experience, either way.

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Re: my first orchid tank

Post by orchideya » Fri Jan 11, 2013 10:45 am

This tank has large - 36 inch long cutout in top lid with steel mesh because it was sold as reptile tank, so right now when the lights are on my humidity drops tremendously due to this giant "exhaust":

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I am going to HD to get clear acrylic sheet that they use to cover fluorescent lights on the ceiling, so I could cover the top. Then I would need to add a fan.
I was thinking about getting a small desktop fan like this:
http://www.amazon.ca/Powered-Desktop-Electrical-Cooling-Laptop/dp/B0080UAQUQ/ref=sr_1_16?ie=UTF8&qid=1357922712&sr=8-16

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Re: my first orchid tank

Post by Mervin » Sun Jan 13, 2013 2:27 am

How did I miss this posting out :doh:

Very innovative and great job !
:clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: my first orchid tank

Post by orchideya » Sun Jan 13, 2013 5:56 pm

Thank you Mervin :)

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Re: my first orchid tank

Post by johnIB » Mon Jan 14, 2013 8:31 am

Great looking orchid tank and so neat :)
If you cover the mesh you will also cut your amount of light by a lot! Acrylic is not the best for light transmission
I would only cover the areas where you have no light bulbs and cover the light fixture with weatherstripping
that will keep humidity high and not cut your light!

John

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Re: my first orchid tank

Post by orchideya » Mon Jan 14, 2013 8:55 am

Thank you John.

Well, I got clear acrylic sheet that looks like glass and it seems that amount of light in the tank is still the same. Of course I don't have light meter, just my eyes to judge, but it does look very bright still, maybe it will be OK for phals. Light fixture is raised on the pieces of wood because it was too much light, so I can always remove a piece to get it closer to the tank and give it more light.
With that top my humidity raised to 75 -80 % when lights are on and at night it goes up to 85-90%.
I ordered the fan from amazon:
http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B002OJN250/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00
it should be here soon.
Hope it works for my purpose.

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Re: my first orchid tank

Post by Jayfar » Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:02 am

orchideya wrote:I ordered the fan from amazon:
http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B002OJN250/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00
it should be here soon.
Hope it works for my purpose.

Hmm, you do know that particular fan is powered by a USB port?

Here's what I use for a large terrarium:

Coolerguys 100-240v AC to 12 & 5v DC 4pin Molex 2A Power Adapter
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000MG ... 09_s00_i00

Cooler Master 120mm R4 Computer Case Fan (R4-C2R-20AC-GP) <-- using 2 of these
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0026Z ... 09_s01_i00

Computer Molex 4 Pin Power Supply Y Splitter Cable
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001PI ... 09_s01_i01

I also bought some extension cables, as the splitter cable isn't very long. I have one fan situated in a corner of the terrarium, atop the egg crate floor and partially shielded above with a piece of plastic so it doesn't get too wet from the misting system. This one I have blowing diagonally across. The second fan I have over a vent on one of the lighting hoods, drawing air out. That one helps prevent the lights from adding too much heat, especially in the summer.
Last edited by Jayfar on Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:25 am, edited 1 time in total.

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Re: my first orchid tank

Post by orchideya » Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:05 am

Yes, that's why I ordered it, so I don't have to do any electrical stuff to plug it into wall outlet and can just use one of the apple usb-plug transformers that we have a bunch in the house. :)

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Re: my first orchid tank

Post by Jayfar » Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:27 am

orchideya wrote:Yes, that's why I ordered it, so I don't have to do any electrical stuff to plug it into wall outlet and can just use one of the apple usb-plug transformers that we have a bunch in the house. :)

Oh cool then. I use Macs, but I don't have any usb transformers.

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Re: my first orchid tank

Post by orchideya » Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:34 am

They came in the charger package with our iPhones and our son's iPod touch, so I have at least three, but they also sell them on Amazon, I think I saw some at no more than $5.

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Re: my first orchid tank

Post by Rob Westergard » Wed Jan 16, 2013 6:46 pm

How are you watering it? I noticed that in the first picture that it appears that it was misted../

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Re: my first orchid tank

Post by orchideya » Thu Jan 17, 2013 9:18 am

I take each of them out to water.
That picture with water drips is from the time when I just installed the lights and the top opening wasn't covered, so with lamp heat all the humidity was rapidly escaping out, I misted the plants right then hoping to bring up the humidity in the tank.
Next day I bought the see-through acrylic sheet for top, so the humidity is kept in and I don't mist anymore.

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Re: my first orchid tank

Post by orchideya » Sun Jan 20, 2013 8:34 am

Just wanted to show how I use the wall space:

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