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    My Automated Terrarium "Degobah"

    Never really added it up before, some of the pieces I had sitting around from other projects. Rough conversions to canadian dollars: Greenhouse shell - $430 Digital ballast - $250 Bulb - $100 Dust Shroom filter $150 Cool tube reflector $270 Fogger - $150 Ice box - $200 eheim 750gph pumps x2 =...
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    Paph. micranthum var. eburneum and Parishii

    Greenhouse: Today's countertop: Last bloom still developing its full petal twist. I love this plant :smitten: Parishii seed pod from last years bloom that I still have. Wondering if any experienced germinators want this guy? I can confirm its a selfing of the above...
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    My Automated Terrarium "Degobah"

    A few other thoughts One change I'm thinking of making to the system is to vent the light separately from the greenhouse. In its current form the heat from the light warms the greenhouse and every 10 minutes or so the cooling system has to fire up to remove that heat. When the ice box pump...
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    My Automated Terrarium "Degobah"

    Dec 2015 Mount Toro showing cold stress: 2015 Christmas Cattelya Percivaliana Feb 2016 May 2016 June 2016 Parishii almost exactly one year after last bloom starting to spike June 2016 Micranthum starting to spike June 2016 Greenhouse July 12, 2016 Micranthum July 2016 Venustum...
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    My Automated Terrarium "Degobah"

    Update time Been a while since I had a few minutes to update. Will try to answer a few questions and go over some problems i've had along the way. First and foremost, DO NOT use tap water with a fogger in a closed system!! Learned this one the hard way after I noticed my big can fan wasn't...
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    Little bess and Parishii seed pod

    Milo Marshmallow the Ragdoll and Harley Meatball the Miane Coon love to help with the chids :D
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    Little bess and Parishii seed pod

    The Parishii was the only slipper in bloom so I'm sure it's a selfing. Looks like that seed pod needs to sit on there for a number of months so I have some time to decide if I want to play around with trying to propagate them. Thanks John for the info! Not sure if I have much to offer for...
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    Little bess and Parishii seed pod

    Bess from John M One of the 15 blooms on my Parishii looks like it pollinated with no help from me! Posting this cause I'm actually not too sure what to do with it? ie. how long to leave it on there. I have fair amount of cell culture experience and lab access so I could probably go...
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    My Automated Terrarium "Degobah"

    Quick update Terrarium filling up! Order from Orchidweb cam a few weeks ago. In response to a couple questions, I haven't tried any automated feeding, so far only by hand and going to keep it that way unless I absolutely can't find someone to drop by and water for me. I haven't tried the...
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    rothschildianum article

    Good read, thanks!
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    My Automated Terrarium "Degobah"

    I actually haven't, I was under the impression that pure water didn't work as its the minerals in tap water that allow the fogger to do its thing . . . edit - apparently this is wrong. RO and distilled water work fine. From the mist maker instructions apparently the water level sensor only...
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    My Automated Terrarium "Degobah"

    With regards to the lighting I've made the mistake before of not heeding more experienced peoples advice so will definitely keep a close eye on how things are going at 400w. I don't have a light meter to see what my fc is. I used this thread as a very rough guide to estimate it when I was...
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    My Automated Terrarium "Degobah"

    Thanks for the replies guys. So I got all nervous about bacterial/fungal issues after reading the warnings and went and double checked each plant tip to crown. Everything looked really good so nothing to worry about yet. The space is 16sqft (4x4) with about 4ft headroom. There's eight plants...
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    My Automated Terrarium "Degobah"

    I like to water by hand, keeps me checking on the plants more often. Automating the watering from a common reservoir I think introduces the chance of spreading problems between all the chids so I don't want to use it unless I have to. I just have the ebb and flood setup to water for me if I...
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    Parishii "Awesome"

    Thanks John, Yeah plants are doing well overall! The parishii blooms were a bit hard to stake up. The stem with the buds would bend almost completely pointing down without me holding them up. I wonder if they would have perked up on their own or if the spike would have ended up with the...
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