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The orchidarium project

Discussion in 'Growing Areas' started by Mike Leone, Sep 12, 2014.

  1. Mike Leone

    Mike Leone Acme Orchidarium Co. acmeorchidarium.com Forum Sponsor

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    The wood for the screen frames is cedar in the large orchidarium the back drop in the smaller one is carved and layered tree fern slabs. the coolers are built right into the back of the case, not visible on the naturalist set up.
     
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    xmpraedicta Prairie angraecoid nut Supporting Member

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    Thanks for the reply! Can you tell me more about how the cooler is built in - what kind do you use?
     
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    Impressive to say the least. The photos are also impressive.
     
  4. Alexey

    Alexey Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Very neat and elegantly done naturalistic-display project! Wish I could have time and patience for something similar.
    Masdevallia hirtzii is my favourite and anyone who can keep Trisetella hoeijeri alive triggers question - how did you do it?!
     
  5. Mike Leone

    Mike Leone Acme Orchidarium Co. acmeorchidarium.com Forum Sponsor

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    Hi Alexey, I find it quite easy to grow and bloom, six open flowers this morning and several buds coming.
    I would attribute the consistent conditions afforded by the computer controlled environment.
     
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    Hello, I am going to make my first Orchidearium. I have a question for you :) What type of basis on the bottom of the terrarium should I use? I am not able to recognize on your photos, what type of basis did you use. Would you be so kind to tell me what basis should I use? And one more question: Do you have some system for drainig water from the bottom of the orchiearium or does the water evaporate? Thank you for you time! SKAM.79
     
  7. Dave The Scientist

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    I used a 2inch layer of LECA with a mesh separator and then just planted on top of that
     
  8. Mike Leone

    Mike Leone Acme Orchidarium Co. acmeorchidarium.com Forum Sponsor

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    Hi,
    I the naturalistic orchidarium I am using about one inch of baked clay stones on top of a permeable fabric layer supported by a grid over a 2.5 inch deep reservoir of water. the reservoir supplies water to the evaporative cooler.
    and yes there is an over flow drain.

    The green house style orchidarium just has a plastic grid over the reservoir.

    good luck with your build and post pictures for us.

    Mike
     
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    Absolutely gorgeous!
     
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    How is the evaporative cooling pad fed ? Looks like it’s above the Top water line of the reservoir. I see some plastic tube or dowel at the top of the pad holder
     
  11. Ray

    Ray Orchid Iconoclast Supporting Member

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    You'll note Mike's last post was four years ago.

    His company is acmeorchidariums.com, so I'm sure you can reach him there.
     
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  12. Mike Leone

    Mike Leone Acme Orchidarium Co. acmeorchidarium.com Forum Sponsor

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    Hi Mike

    Sorry for my long absence from the forum and not getting back to your question.

    The cooling pads are fed by a drip tube hooked up to a very small submersible pump.

    My commercially available Orchidariums sold under the name Acme Orchidariums
    use a much simpler capillary feed to the cooling pads. works as well with out the need for the pump.
     
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    Hello, I am working on my first orchidarium and have been looking at controllers. I have been searching for the EcoZone but have had no luck in finding one. Does anyone know of a controller that is equivalent? Thank you for your time
     
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    Kwabbernoot New Member

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    Maybe you can build your own? I use a Raspberry Pi 4 for my orchidarium.