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Well I was running out of room in my tank and I really didn't want to set-up another tank in my aprtment so I went a different route and bought a cheap home depot rack and some lights and some nusery flats with humitity domes, I also have a rubbermaid container on the ground for some larger plants. Here is a pick of the overall set-up I will post some pics of the specific plants as I go.
 

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They are actually just sitting in standing water I was going to build a tray to set them in so I can recirculate the water but I want to see how standing water works since I have seen other people do it that way and have good success.

My substrates vary I have one tray with some rare crypts I got and they are all grown in clay pots with aquasoil malaya, most of the other plants and the stem plants are all grown in rockwool cubes inserted into net pots. I have also just started planting some lagenandras in hydrocol clay balls.

Clay pots: (C. cordata "grabowski", C cordata "thailand", C stiolata, C noritoi, C zukalii & C usteriana x walkeri)


Mesh Pots (C wendtii tropica)


Hydroton: (Lagenandra nairii, Lagenandra thwaitesii & the C usteriana x walkeri-same as above)



I just add a couple drops of regular fertilizer to the water when I add it and i'm planning on water changes every 4 weeks if I can go that long. I really want the set-up to be as low maintenance as possible.

Currenly the water stays between 70-75' the humidity is 90-100% and the air temp is 75'.

My biggest concern right now is mold and fungus growing on the substrate since I don't mist the plants from above, if anything I may build a system that can submerse the plants if needed.

Len
 

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Good luck with your setup man. Hope to see some spathes from you soon.

About the shop lights... how come you didn't get the ones with the polished reflectors? I got them and they work great. Though instead of running 1 fixture, I'm running 2.
 

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Good luck with your setup man. Hope to see some spathes from you soon.

About the shop lights... how come you didn't get the ones with the polished reflectors? I got them and they work great. Though instead of running 1 fixture, I'm running 2.
I just grabbed cheap ones from home depot do they have ones with polished reflectors. I'm getting quotes on some custom tanks with front openings on them and plan on 4 bulbs over each if I go that route.

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Those are some great plants that you have.

I have always done best with crypts planting them into substrate with real topsoil. I think that they prosper best with the organic matter and trace nutrients that are better-provided in topsoil.
 

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I like the humidity domes alot they keep the humidity high and the temp stays good (can't beat the price) the only issue indoors is that they drip a little, so far the drips just land on the tray below but eventually I want an enclosed setup. I really want something like the terrarium set-ups you see with the glass doors on the front this way I can put the lights right on top of the tank in th erack and still be able to get into it. I have a RFQ out to glasscages.com to see if they can make me something like that.

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Those are some great plants that you have.

I have always done best with crypts planting them into substrate with real topsoil. I think that they prosper best with the organic matter and trace nutrients that are better-provided in topsoil.
The C cordata you sent me a few months ago was it a C cordata var. cordata the leaves look like it but I'm not sure.

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Ibacha, those are some awesome plants you have, and like everyone else, I'm quite envious.

If I had invested that type of cash on the plants, I'd pick up a couple 20 longs with glass covers so I could actually see the plants!!!!! Save the humidity domes and nursery trays for propagation.
 

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Ibacha, those are some awesome plants you have, and like everyone else, I'm quite envious.

If I had invested that type of cash on the plants, I'd pick up a couple 20 longs with glass covers so I could actually see the plants!!!!! Save the humidity domes and nursery trays for propagation.
I'm actually trying to get a pair of custom tanks made that will fit the rack I have,

Len
 
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