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My grow stand

Discussion in 'Growing Areas' started by Kyle, Jan 26, 2009.

  1. Kyle

    Kyle Member

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    This is for Jon. This is my grow stand with T5 flourescent lights. The lights are about 15 inches away from the leaves. Thats an average; shorter plants are further, taller plants are closer. Each shelf is lit by one 4 ft T5 fixture without a reflector. The shelfs are mostly Masdevallia species, some lepanthes, poroglossums and scaphosepulums, but I do have a few phrag and phal seedlings as well. Some cuthbersonii, bulbos (the only 4 I have) and 1 fernadazia and some telipogons. The pleuros alliance bloom, everything else, not yet.

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    Kyle
     
  2. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Hi Kyle, you might have posted for Jon, but really appreciate seeing your set up. Looks great. Thanks.
     
  3. Jon

    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    Wonderful! That's great, Kyle. Thanks for sharing. I've decided on the T5s over the T8s. Gonna be a pleuro tank... :)

    Thanks for posting the pics!
     
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    Thanks for the peek Kyle.
    Looks like you are growing in a basement? What do you do to keep up the humidity? Any particular reason you're not using reflectors on the lights - enough light without, maybe?
    /Gordon
     
  5. Magnus A

    Magnus A Ph.D.

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    Great setup Kyle!
    For the future, upgrade with clip on reflectors like this one,
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    You will gain at least 50 % light intensity and thereby go from 4 to 2 T5´s on each shelf and save some energy.
     

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    Gordon Member

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    But he's only got one T5 light on each shelf...
     
  7. Kyle

    Kyle Member

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    Thanks for the complements.

    I agree there is a benifit to having reflectors, the lights never came with any. I was going to paint the bottom of the shelf white, but ran out of paint.

    If some can direct me to a North American source of those clip on reflectors, I would be greatful

    I have no problem with low humidity. With 500+ plants in 300 square feet, they can sustain 80% + humidity. I try to keep it at about 65-70%. I have a exhaust fan to get rid of any extra.

    The shelf is painted with an elastomeric paint. Its like a waterproof, rubber coating thats used on roofs and barns. The shelfs are angles so that the water flows off into a gutter that drains into a reservoir. The reservoir is then pumped in the drain when full. I water using a sump pump in a garbage can.

    Good luck with your tank, Jon

    Kyle
     
  8. Mary Jane

    Mary Jane New Member

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    Nice set-up, Kyle. It looks great.
     
  9. Magnus A

    Magnus A Ph.D.

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    Gordon, I read the post a little to fast and missed "one" ;)
     
  10. vmijct

    vmijct Clif

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    Nice plants.
     
  11. JonP

    JonP all that Supporting Member

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    I really dig your gutters, Kyle. If I ever grow with a set-up like that again I'll steal your idea. Thanks.
     
  12. Tom_in_PA

    Tom_in_PA I am not an addict

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    nice setup Kyle...thanks for sharing
     
  13. dounoharm

    dounoharm almost there

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    very nice stand setup kyle, the plants look super!!
     
  14. Forrest

    Forrest Really Neat

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    nice digs Kyle. So, whats with the red tags?
     
  15. Wendy H

    Wendy H Just me

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    That looks fantastic Kyle.