So currently equipment wise I am still running the CHE under the tank on a lamp that has a dimmer so itís running at about 33%?, and over the last week Iíve been seeing temps get up to 81 at the TOP of the tank and 76 at the bottom during the day, and then when the lights go off it will eventually drop to about ~70 throughout with maybe a 1 degree difference at the top. So I would theorize that with the water at the bottom itís increasing the overall temp in the soil and not creating too much of a hot or dry spot. Especially now that I turned it to <50%.
Lighting: I still have the same set up with one addition.
1. Solarmax T5HE (~20ish watts?) single bulb (I should likely replace it, unsure what the bulb is that original owner put in) with DIY strips of 6500K LEDS, totalling about 14 ft of 6500K SMD 2835 at 72 lumens/ft & 1meter 5050 SMD Full Spectrum Red Blue 4:1 Growing LED strip both attached to the rim of the solarmax light.
2. I just added a cheap 42 watt 4000k LED shop light from Costco for extra, well distributed light https://m.costco.com/Feit-Electric-4...100284402.html
3. A 20Ē aquarium grow light led, off eBay, brand:FOWLR, that Iíve had for years but is generally too blue, but I placed it in the middle of the 4000k bulb and it really balances out the more yellow color (not a great solution, but I already had it so....) pic of specs:
4. I did have several PAR38 led spotlight bulbs Iíve had forever but I hated the look of them on top, thus the shop light.
I put no see um mesh over the back vent and the bulk hole on the top right. The fan is still on the left being held up by the magnetic power head mount I have it taped to.
The one on the right is now facing down through a hole I made in the GS foam background with a 30 degree pvc. I did this for the diy fogger made from my ultrasonic humidifier that has not been effective at all for some reason. Probably the distance needed to travel from below the tank?
Either way, for humidity Iím just misting whenever my probe drops below 80%, usually every couple days. Iíve been trying to decide if I should keep those vents completely covered, or keep them open. Iíve been experimenting and I wonder if the humidity stays high enough long enough for my plants.
Iíve placed java ferns, a small crypt a few other aquatic plants that have mostly dried up. The most recent chunks of java moss are still alive. Weíll see if they stay.
Iíve added the pink tillandsia & the other tillandsia.
The brom I have is starting to change color, but I havenít seen new leaves yet.
The parlor palms are doing well.
I added several small plantlets of pothos,
the ruellia Ďkatieí I added is acclimating weíll to soil, (cutting off my riparium plant Iíve had for 4-5 years)
I might add a couple smaller cuttings if this does well.
The dwarf umbrella trees are doing really well also.
The croton plantlet I put in hasnít lost its one remaining leaf, and it looks like itís budding a new one. So that is great.
The lemon button fern died back some when I introduced it but I think itís finally growing back. Iím wondering if it isnít doing well in the planter in the foam...
The ficus vine that was a riparium plant lost all its leaves and Iím not sure if it will survive. It was very slow growing as a riparium plant so who knows.
Aforementioned aquarium plants & moss
Emergent aquarium plant that I canít remember the name of it find. Itís like HC, hereís a pic:
itís actually growing well and spreading as ground cover. Iíll likely add a lot more.
Last is three unknown plants Iíd love an ID on. One I bought with the tank, second is a house plant I had put in my riparium, the third is I think a type of draecana? All of them are doing okay.
One other new addition, it was in a flower pot this summer, and we brought it in the house and it has been doing fine. I moved it to the tank this weekend. I believe it is a begonia?
Pics of unknown plants:
Thatís it for now. Suggestions/questions appreciated