CONNORS UPDATE TERRARIUM DAY 2.

MimiStew24

Carnivore
I have an led literally sitting on top of a closed terrarium, it the led can get warm and heat up the terrarium and It can get hot in there but Each terrarium has a pc fan in it. Note that I do have a high quality led not those makeshift ones used for grow ops that are uninsured, so my led doesnt get hot as other I would imagine.
I have had this setup for about 2 years now and not issues with mold fungus and no casualties. I grow Neps, lowland and highland, orchids, jewel orchids, cephalotus, hoya, Urticularia, drosera, pings, and some other misc plants. All are healthy and I have a lot of pitchers.
I think as long as there is good air circulation it is okay, and as long as you're led isnt a stove
whats an LED stove?
I use Sunblaster

I’m wondering if I should get another 24watt “ T5 LED or Just LED?
 

Carson Hardy

Carnivorous Plant Addict
My method of purchasing lights is trying to get the most bang for my buck. Sometimes that's floodlights, if I'm trying to illuminate a specific spot, sometimes it's led strip lighting similar to the led sunblasters if I want to add some light to a tray for example.

I don't think there is anyone who could tell you what the 'best' is, there are just sooo many options these days.

Try your luck on used sites? Sometimes you can find sunblasters, or aquarium lighting for a good deal. Your current setup is fine though, it's not like you NEED more for your plants to survive.
 

MimiStew24

Carnivore
My method of purchasing lights is trying to get the most bang for my buck. Sometimes that's floodlights, if I'm trying to illuminate a specific spot, sometimes it's led strip lighting similar to the led sunblasters if I want to add some light to a tray for example.

I don't think there is anyone who could tell you what the 'best' is, there are just sooo many options these days.

Try your luck on used sites? Sometimes you can find sunblasters, or aquarium lighting for a good deal. Your current setup is fine though, it's not like you NEED more for your plants to survive.
@WillyCKH MAKES HIS OWN LIGHTS!!! FANTASTIC CHAP, GREAT CPS & GREAT SERVICE!
 

MimiStew24

Carnivore
I've always liked my T5HO's. I found they heat up my grow area a lot so I had to put in fans. I'm slowly replacing them with Willy's LED's. I do like the extra heat for the Cacti & succulents, though. I'm hoping LED's last as long as they are supposed to.
IM GOING WITH WILLYS LED INVENTIONS! Fantastic!
get two for the each sides and use T5HO at back of the terra.
 

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VarunA

Carnivore
all the best. Just keep an eye on the plants and monitor conditions. Now with that you might get enough lights to probably burn some existing leaves, but don't worry.. it will be fine. New growth should adapt. Keys to growing well (in my humble opinion) for the plants I grow are:

1) As high light as I can provide (not all...plants like N. hamata don't enjoy super high light at all)
2) Good humidity with enough variation between day and night. Don't let it be 100% saturated all the time ..the leaves should dry out and not stay wet..that is perfect recipe for mold and rot
3) Good air circulation. I always like to keep some of that seran wrap loosely open on sides to allow air to escape. I'd rather let plants get a bit dry than have them stay wet and rot.
4) Use good rain/RO/distilled water

If you do all this, soon enough you will see that the ventricosa in there and other neps in there will not fit in that tank anymore. You can probably grow them by a bright window sill. ;)
 

MimiStew24

Carnivore
all the best. Just keep an eye on the plants and monitor conditions. Now with that you might get enough lights to probably burn some existing leaves, but don't worry.. it will be fine. New growth should adapt. Keys to growing well (in my humble opinion) for the plants I grow are:

1) As high light as I can provide (not all...plants like N. hamata don't enjoy super high light at all)
2) Good humidity with enough variation between day and night. Don't let it be 100% saturated all the time ..the leaves should dry out and not stay wet..that is perfect recipe for mold and rot
3) Good air circulation. I always like to keep some of that seran wrap loosely open on sides to allow air to escape. I'd rather let plants get a bit dry than have them stay wet and rot.
4) Use good rain/RO/distilled water

If you do all this, soon enough you will see that the ventricosa in there and other neps in there will not fit in that tank anymore. You can probably grow them by a bright window sill. ;)
Cheers for all your expertise!
I know some of my guys will become monsters lol might need big tank in few years lol
what’s best low growing Neps out there??
 

VarunA

Carnivore
Cheers for all your expertise!
I know some of my guys will become monsters lol might need big tank in few years lol
what’s best low growing Neps out there??
Unfortunately, all Nepenthes are vines. So they will all grow tall and vine many many meters into the treeline. However, in general, there are some highlanders out there that do stay relatively diminutive. Nepenthes argentii is probably the smallest alongside Nepenthes campanulata. That is he closest to flat / low growing plants. However, they are generally among the trickier plants in the genus. I would say get the fundamentals right with your neps for now and expand later into the more fancier species. The prices do rack up considerably as you go more towards the unique species.
 
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