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Old 12-14-2009, 07:06 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Old 12-14-2009, 07:14 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Haha nice stand! Your crypts don't dry out like that??
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I have humidity domes over them all the time. I just took them off to take some pics of the crypts and didnt put them back on until after I took the pics.
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Ah... well that makes sense

You have a wonderful crypt collection. Do you have other emersed plants or crypts only?
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I do have a stem of Hygrophila sp. 'Araguaia' in my setup but I am going to add some others shortly. I have some Staurogyne sp. 'purple' and a few other stems I want to add.

What kind of lighting do you use? Also, is that a 4' rack from target you are using?
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You might want to watch your humidity levels though since after the plants convert to emersed form excess humidity might cause them to rot. Rotting happens if the condensation drips onto the plant leaves continually. So perhaps with time you might want to remove some of the plastic on the top after the plants have converted.
Would you recommend pulling up one corner of the plastic cover? Or removing more of the plastic? Or poking some holes in the plastic? The setup is in a basement and the air in the basement will be pretty dry over the cold winter months.

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Would you recommend pulling up one corner of the plastic cover? Or removing more of the plastic? Or poking some holes in the plastic? The setup is in a basement and the air in the basement will be pretty dry over the cold winter months.

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Go to the pet store and buy a reptile humidity gauge. They cost around $5 and then stick it in the tank some how. My humidity reads around 80% when I have my two vents open. The gauge will help you adjust the tops of your tanks.
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Hmm, I think you could pull up one corner, or just seat the hood so that there is a half inch gap running along the entire length of the tank. Be sure to watch the water level, because as you mentioned, in winter evaporation rates are much higher.
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I have a humidity meter. Do you know what range of humidity I should aim to achieve?
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Thank you for such a great thread!

I have a quick question about lighting.

I know that most indoor gardeners will use some of the red plant grow lights since most terrestial plants use the red spectrum for photosynthesis. Would something like that help out with an emersed set up or would the regualar 6700k lighting work better since thats what the plants are used to?
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