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"Brom City" 12x12x18 ExoTerra

Discussion in 'Growing Areas' started by BeastMaster, Feb 14, 2016.

  1. BeastMaster

    BeastMaster New Member

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    This is my 1st vivarium which started out as Neo/Tilly vivarium to house a single Dendrobates auratus. Caught the mini orchid bug & had to include a sampling of Pleurothallids.

    Current orchid inventory includes,
    Masdevallia bucculenta
    Masdevallia discoidea
    Masdevallia erinacea
    Masdevallia pygmaea
    Tristella strumosa
    Trichosalpinx chamaelephantes
    Barbosella dusenii
    Platystele repens
    Pleurothallis brighamii
    Dryadella cristata

    The Masdevallia were superglued into place & the crown & roots loosely covered with sphagnum moss. The remaining minis were strapped to the side glass using "pillbugs" & sphagnum moss.

    Lighting is provided with a 12" Finnex Planted + LED fixture, with a lighting cycle of 5hr on/6hr off/5hr on 8hr off. I hand mist the tank every other day.

    "Dixon" seems to like it!
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    jai Orchid addict

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    Nice
     
  3. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    That is a nice setup. It will be interesting to see how full it is in 6 months ;)

    There are a few other "frog people" on this forum. Seems to be a great combination.

    Do you have a name you want to be called other than Beastmaster? Are you in the USA? If you want to add a signature and location you can move the cursor over your username in the upper right and go to several spots to edit.
     
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    BeastMaster New Member

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    Always wanted to try keeping PDFs since my college days. Their relationship with bromeliads was intriguing. Now 40 years later I can finally realize this. The neat thing is because Dendrobates auratus was introduced back in the early
    30s and has become established here in nearby Manoa Valley, I can go out and catch my critters. My Neos are supplied by a well known local bromeliad breeder.

    Orchids are a natural progression for my vivarium and now may expand into something bigger. I've only had the pleurothallid cuttings for a little over a week now so we'll see how my green thumb develops.

    The "BeastMaster" tag is what I usually go by because of my background. I'm a Zoology major with emphasis in marine studies from SDSU (Go Aztecs!). I've worked for Seaworld SD, Cal Fish & Game, Curator for Pac Beach Hotel's "Oceanarium", Curator for Sea Life Park Hawaii & finally Reptile Keeper @ Honolulu Zoo. So, BeastMaster I think is fitting.

    Being here in Hawaii has a lot of benefits for orchid horticulture. Higher humidity, no temperature extremes and lots of good water make for a excellent conditions for raising orchids. The next step I think will be to include pleurothallids onto my vertical planter wall!
     
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  5. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    BeastMaster, what a great career you have had :clap:. And absolutely, BeastMaster seems like a very appropriate username. I wasn't suggesting you change your username I just thought you might want to to be called by your real name in correspondence but that is totally up to you, BeastMaster. Some of our members prefer to be fairly anonymous and that is OK.

    Absolutely. Many of us will be very jealous of you.
     
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    jai Orchid addict

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    Literally my dream career!!
     
  7. BeastMaster

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    I finally did move the 2 pillbugs to a lower position. Noticed some yellowing of the leaves on those mounts so hopefully that will prevent further discoloring.
    Awaiting the arrival of more Pleurothallids which will be mounted on more pillbugs.
    Incoming:
    Stelis hirtzii
    Zootrophion griffin
    Condylago rodrigio
    Restirepia echinacea
    Scaphosepalum pleurothallodes
    Porroglossum dalstroemii

    May also remove the Cryptanthus and replace w/ Pluerothallids. Already have the 2 species picked out too.
     
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    jai Orchid addict

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    So you are able to go and catch your own frogs? That's amazing!
     
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    Yeah, when you think about it it is pretty incredible. It's good to see the environment where the're collected to get an idea of the parameters that the PDFs prefer.
     
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    Update pic
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    Have removed the Cryptanthus & replaced with M mendozae & A scabrilinguis mounted on pieces of cork. Mounted a A schizopogon on the last small pillbug on the left side bringing the total of small pillbugs to a dozen. The lighting was too intense so the section of the ExoTerra lid under the Finnex LED fixture was covered w/60% shade cloth. Also changed the hand misting frequency to daily. Because of these changes in routine, I removed the remaining Tillies. The Z griffin was moved from one of the pillbugs to the cork background & added a Z ximenae. Finally the B bucculenta didn't make it so it was replaced by a B nidifica. Also, replaced the Neo "Popoki" & pup w/ a "Fingerpaint " Neo. With this transition from a brom tank to an orchidarium, I'm changing the display name from "Brom City" to "Villa Brochidia"!