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  1. On 1/3/2021 at 7:03 PM, Tropfrog said:

    I keep only dendrobates leucomelas at the moment. Living in sweden and running aircondition the hottest months so chilling havent been necessary. All my plants that needs somewhat colder temperature year round is in my unheated basement. The plants that need cold but frost free in winter is in a heated owerwintering tent in my greenhouse.

    I will work on a Youtube vid about my environment control unit and put up before spring. Check out for Green machine sweden.


    Wish I had a options for placement of my Terrarium. 

    But really where it is shouldn't be a issue if the bluddy controllers were Reliable. 

    Let me know on here when you post it up, I will check it out. 


  2. 5 hours ago, Tropfrog said:

    The achievments right now is a solid software and wiering diagram. If you are not diy type of person I am not sure it will make sense yet. It works good on increase/decreased humidity and increase temperature. Decrease temperature hasent been tested because of lack of chilling eqipment. However, I cannot imagine any problems. There are different threshold values for Day night value. For cost issues and ease of use day/night is determined by photo sensor instead of timer. Any change in photoperiod will automatically change period for night/Day values. Any other function more than decreased temperature that you think is needed for highland setup? While waiting for the enclosure I might as well play around with more functions based on input.    

    I do injoy a project that's for sure. Not saying I would nail it but would would like to check out what you have so far. 

    The photo sensor is a good function to have, exactly the same as the zoomed controller I have, saves having to change times and just rely on the T5s to turn off to put it into night mode. 

    For me the cooling function is very important, due to lack of space for my Terrarium it is situated in a fairly exposed west facing house extension witch gets rather warm in the summer so the chiller does come on every 15mins or so to bring the temps back down to 24c.

    Going by your name, what frogs do you keep? 

    Ive fairly recently got in vivarium plants and Amphibians

    Currently got two vivs one with mantellas and another with pumilio blue jeans. 

    Another problem with these is cooler temps when the summer arrives but a least that will be much easier to control with a Ac unit in the room.


  3. On 12/31/2020 at 11:43 PM, m.a.x said:

    Do you have tried the hydro/thermo controller for reptile pet? I am very satisfied with this....


    Ive looked at the specifications and couldn't see any cooling functions. 

    To me it appears to keep to a specific temperature (heat) 

    Could you let me know how this works keeping you terrarium cool, Once a set temperature has gone up say 2 degrees due to temperature being warmer in the house but to warm for the terrarium?


  4. On 12/31/2020 at 9:15 PM, Tropfrog said:

    Humidity controlling is quite advanced and expensive. I am running a tank on microclimate evo plus. It is an awsome unit with amazing accuracy. However, the product was discontinued due to expensive hardware, ie the humidity sensor. I would pay almost anything for more of this controller.

    Without this controller awailable, I have been forced to develop my own controller in arduino. Two years into the project now, it is working good, but needs a more expensive humidity sensor. And my engineer that are drawing the capsule is slow. Like he have more important things to do :).

    I can supply the fully functional code, the circuit diagram and a list of hardware for free if you want to test it. In a year or so there will be a fully functional product  I hope.

    However, you dont need perfect humidity and temperature all the time. Nature is not allways perfect and the plants are adopted to flucturations.




    Thanks for the reply. 

    That evo brand was something I had looked into but found it didn't have a the functions I need for my Terrarium, so draw a blank there unfortunately as I know they are a very good product but are aimed for the heating ability for primary use. 

    Its the cooling part witch is the more difficult to find in products. 

    Fair play man, if you got the know how making a scratch built product good on you, I wouldn't know where to start. 

    Sounds interesting wouldn't mind having a look at what you have so far and try and give it a go myself.

    But yea very interested in a product designed with the functions aimed at highland plants. 

    Especially if it's reliable. 

  5. Hi guys. 

    Ive been growing highland heliamphora, drosera and nepenthes for 3 years now. 

    My setup is run with a water chiller/sump and pc radiator with fans to achieve my highland temperature requirements which is keeping it below 24c in the day and 12c at night, humidity is kept around 80%.

    Now my plants grow well but Ive become so frustrated with the controller units I've had to achieve these temperatures and humidity. 

    The first brand I bought from the start was a Zoomed hygrotherm, it does everything I need but the humidity part of the unit desides to fail first on these units witch I've had 4 of these. 

    Basically the unit gets stuck in the on position within the switching unit and if I'm not at home will keep pumping out fog until I tap the controller part of unit of a surface witch free's up the switching mechanism, after some months each unit gets more consistent and the temperature part also will start the same problem. 

    Ive also had Inbird controllers do this also. 

    Im really starting to loose hope and considering giving up my highland plant hobby witch is a real shame, really love growing these plants. 

    Could anyone let me know what works for you? as I can't find anything around apart from the units I've had. 



  6. Hi.

    I use chiller using one sump pump and a 3 fan radiator.

    My sump itself is very small, but the radiator is very deep, so that helps within the tank. 

    I can get my tank down to 12c in a few hours. 

    My Terrarium is also open topped to so you shouldn't have a problem reaching the temp you require. 


  7. Like it down your way. Not so scenic down here in brighton.

    With your filiformis, I would keep it just damp now, no standing water. When the temperature start to drop further pop it back in the greenhouse for protection.

    Mine have to live outside, my filiformis survived last winter out there no probs.

  8. Like it down your way. Not so scenic down here in brighton.

    With your filiformis, I would keep it just damp now, no standing water. When the temperature start to drop further pop it back in the greenhouse for protection.

    Mine have to live outside, my filiformis survived last winter out there no probs.

  9. Been growing Prolifera since winter last year. My conditions in the shed are not ideal in for them especially that temps can reach up to 38c sometimes when it's been a heat wave over here in the UK. To keep mine alive I have a high water level like half way up the pot to help with humidity. No domes for these ones, they seem pretty tough considering my neglect. Sorry for your loss.


  10. Hi David.

    I also was at the conference and bought the same plant.

    Hate to give bad news but im sure yours will end up like mine.... I had been growing in the same conditions like yours also. Looking at your pictures  mine looked just the same. For about a month it looked like it had settled down with a big cluster of new leaves unfurling but only a few weeks ago it finally died. I even took a few leaf cuttings but as they never had any dew on them they never did strike.

    This little dude seemed doomed from the start.  Hope yours pulls through but being this long seems unlikely.

    Good luck!!

  11. Great plants and pictures there gringo! They look very healthy.

    I'm currently trying to grow drosera solaris. They are in 50/50 peat sand mix. Trying to work out why this species doesn't want to establish in my conditions. my roraimae look just like yours. i keep my solaris right next to them. 

    I cant work out whats going wrong.

    Is very odd.




  12. Thanks for the info. Would buy some but its quite expensive with the postage on top which ive just found out. Buying small amounts of the sphag is not really ideal cost wise.

    Think i'll stick to my peat/sand mix for the time being then see how it goes. 

    Hopefully the solaris will take off as my roraimae has in my mix.

    Cheers tho matt



  13. Hi sundewmatt, yea your right i read somewhere about their natural habitat reaches a max of 26c. Have some more solaris on the way. My temps are much better in my grow tent now so hopefully they will establish this time for the winter approaching. Then they will harden up for the summer temps next year hopefully then grow in a semi sheltered spot in the garden in the peak of summer.

  14. Ive tried horti sand but had bad results like you experienced. I also use the same Unipac quartz sand now. So far im rather happy with it. Haven't experienced any build up on the top layer like using perlite for example. My roraimae loves it to. Only started growing Tepui sundews withing the last few months. Was pleased to find something decent to start my new growings.

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  15. On 07/10/2016 at 5:35 PM, Nigel H-C said:


    On 07/10/2016 at 5:35 PM, Nigel H-C said:

    Peat and sand for all of them for me. Just make sure it's lime free, and don't always rely on what's said on the packaging!

    Nigel HC

    To true. I wash mine up to 20 times with tap water till the water is non cloudy. Then flush a further 3 times with rain water.

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  16. I also am having trouble with solaris, This is my first year with south American sundews. I keep mine in a shed with t5 lights and a fan for hot and cold times. Think the solaris couldn't handle the hot temps we had in the uk wile establishing in the new media and conditions. Weirdly my roraimae and others are doing well.

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