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Orchid tank

Discussion in 'Growing Areas' started by rollinkansas, May 23, 2013.

  1. rollinkansas

    rollinkansas Active Member

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    Well, I officially have no more room in my tank, and will need to move on to bigger and better housing (probably a big rubbermaid), so I thought Id take a final pic of the tank at full capacity...not sure I could even fit one more plant without knocking over 10 things...
    Enjoy

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  2. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Impressive.
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Great space. Will the next one be instead of this or in addition?
     
  4. rollinkansas

    rollinkansas Active Member

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    I think the rubbermaid will be in addition...This tank seems to be working fine as almost all of the orchids are happy, but a bigger container will definitely give me some room to play around a bit with ones that are a little more picky.

    Just need to figure out how to setup the rubbermaid especially with regards to lighting, as I will have nothing above it to mount the light to.
     
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    goods Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Wow Mike, I thought my tank was crammed!

    In regards to lighting, you could always buy a light with legs. They should be able to adjust to fit the top of the Rubbermaid.
     
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    Boytjie Out hiking Supporting Member

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    Wondering exactly what a Rubbermaid is...? Do you mean like one of those plastic storage containers with the snap-on lids?
     
  7. rollinkansas

    rollinkansas Active Member

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    Yep, thats a rubbermaid...the big plastic tubs with snap tops.
    Zach, thats a good idea, however I usually see the legs on the more expensive T5 lights, and I like to stick to the simple flourescents that have not let me down yet. I guess Ill have to take a trip to Home Depot and see what they have, or search around online for a bit.
     
  8. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    For under $10 you should be able to make legs out of PVC pipe that would be plenty strong to hold up some lights. For another $10 you could probably put casters on the legs.
     
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    Nice-looking plants! If you have anything above to attach to you could try hanging your lights with chain and s-hooks, it's cheap and easy to adjust.
     
  10. rollinkansas

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    The problem was not having anything above to attach too. I think I will follow Kellys advice and build some PVC legs since there are good how tos online. It will be nice having the space for luxuries such a small fan!
     
  11. rollinkansas

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    Well its not perfect, but should do the job..still have more to do on it.
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  12. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Look'n good.
     
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    do you use a lid or is it open top? What kind of plants have you got in there?
     
  14. rollinkansas

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    I have a piece of glass that covers the entire top. Off the top of my head, the genus in there are Pleurothallis, Platystele, Dendrobium, Cadetia, Barbosella, Bulbophyllum, Stelis, Trichosalpinx, Lepanthes, Acostea, Salpistele, Scaphosepalum, Epidendrum, Masdevallia, Mediocalcar, and maybe one or two I am forgetting.
     
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    Almost time to upgrade the Rubbermaid I think...
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    goods Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Mike, this setup is incredible. Your plants are very well-grown for the lack of complexity in your setup! Have you taken your trip to Andy's yet?
     
  17. rollinkansas

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    Hey Zach, yea I went to Andys 2 Saturdays ago...it was absolutely amazing. I spent about 3 hours there with my friend and I could have spent twice as long easily. It was rows behind rows behind rows of plants...almost impossible to see everything even if you wanted to.
     
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    And thank you...I always thought orchids were very challenging, and Im sure some of my plants could do better in specialized containers, but for the variety I am keeping, I dont think Im doing too bad for the type of setup I have, which is literally just a tub with a piece of glass over it.
     
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    I think your plants look great! You are clearly giving them what they need.
     
  20. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Very cool, Mike. Time for another tub.