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  1. So, I have been thinking a lot about Light the last days. Most of my other grow projects utilize modern leds. However, I have experience with T5 Lights as well. In this situation where heat proboably is not an issue, I think that T5 might be the best option. A grow accesory store nearby is selling armature with 6 24 watt plantmax 6500k lamps dirt cheap right now. The measurements fits the space awailable quite good and promises 1200 lumen on 600 Times 400. That is quite a lot of Light. But there are 3 switches controlling two tubes each. I think that this Light will serve the purpouse quite good, both lightwise as well as providing the heat needed during the day. If it gets to warm in the summer, i just need to fan the heat out of the terrarium. What do you think? Am I on the right track? Br Magnus
  2. Thanks a lot for your feedback, I appreciate it. I live in an area with extremly little Light in the winter time. There are 4 months with almost no direct sunlight on the windowsill. To add on that, I heat my house with Wood, making it extremly dry and sometimes hot. I am sure heliamphora would die if kept under Theese conditions in the winter. But I find your answer comforting any way. Tepui can get as low as a few degrees plus in the nights. So I would assume that the plants would like it. I will start with the easier cultivars before moving on to more challenging species. Adding electronics to meassure and control is in most cases not necessary. But it is Another hobby of Mine and it can give some more possibilities to leave the house for a few weeks if needed Br Magnus
  3. Not much activity here. Anyway. The idea came from sources saying that the biggest problem for heliamphora is if the substrate got too warm during the day. So I was thinking that light as the sole source of heat must be the most natural way of copying insitu conditions. But to be able to pull that off, it really needs to be cold all around it. So In winter, I can just give the terrarium maximum light and pull the temperature upp daytime to a decired temperature. The plan is to add a temperature controlled dimmer function to the light. Just to stop it from overheating. In summer the room is not more than 18 c. So i figured a on off temperature control for a fan that pulls the heat out in the top, replacing it with room temperature air from below would be enough. But there are limits to everything. How low can I go in the winter nights and how high can I go on summer days? And for the cost of everything. How high in Winter days and low in summer nights? Is this project even realistic with experienced growers view? BR Magnus
  4. Tropfrog

    Tips on caring?

    Ipswich Australia: you can proboably have it outside all year in a shaded place and some misting. Ipswich uk: it cannot survive the winter, you need to take it inside. Br Magnus
  5. A good rule of Thumb that apply to most non carnivour plants is: If it grows insitu in full sun, it Will benefit from colder Lights. If it grows insitu under the cannopy it benefits from warmer Lights. I am not experienced enough with carnivours, but I would assume that the rule applies to Them as well. There are only one sun and The plants have adapted to it during long time. And, Yes. A plant can suffer from too strong Light. For full sun plants, it is really Hard to exceed that level. Most likelly you run into problems with heat and drying out before the actual amount of Light is too much. Br Magnus
  6. Just a random guess.....It was springtails, not really a threat to the plant. More like a treat:)??? BR Magnus
  7. Hello My whife was pretty clear "no more terrariums in the living space". However, I am the only ruler of the basement and I resently got a good payment raise to fund a project :) so lets start planning with me! The basement is non heated area that stays below 15 degrees year round and as low as 4 degrees mid winter. So I figured, why not try heliamphora terrarium? I am not very experienced with cps and I have read a lot about heliamphora and recomendations not to start with Them. But I really think that I might have what it takes to pull it off when it comes to dedication, funds and a good growing space. In my mind it would be possible to grow Them in a terrarium in the basement, just heating it up with Lights during the day in the winter and add some fans to chill it if needed in the summer. What do you think? Did I get my research right. Is this a doable project? Br Magnus
  8. Hi there Have been lurking around here for a while now. I am an Experienced grower of most kind of plants. However quite new to cps. I killed a nephentes some 10 years ago. Then I put the ideas to the side. Now I have been growing pinguicula mesophytica successfully in my Tropical rainforest vivarium for two years. Looking into possibilities to start up a dedicated CP tank. Will get back on that topic in Another post. Br Magnus