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  1. ulyssis

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    I didn't cut it but it fell off when I accidentally brushed it while planting broms. Hopefully I get new roots like erikm.
     
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    I'm not a big fern guy. They are more like weeds to me☺
    Ask ephiphile on this board he'll know .

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    I would still leave to root while the plant establishes it self.

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    Why did you start planting without the front glass?

    You're lucky all the plants and mosses didn't die.
     
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    cling film could be used in a pinch
     
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    I miscalculated the height of the front glass. I need to trim 1/8". I never knew it would be such a big issue. Lessened learned. The humidity is a steady 75% in there. Only a few plants didn't make it. Everything else seems to be healthy.
     
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    Good idea.
     
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    Broms are doing great. Check out the roots coming out of this one.

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    Awesome! Get that glass cut yet?
     
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    I did. The guy was like is this tempered? I'm like I don't think so. I was 80% sure it wasn't cause I wouldn't have paid extra for that.

    Since I wasn't 100% sure he said the most he would cut off was 1/8. 1/16 on each side to be safe. I was like I need 3/16 to be absolutely sure it'll fit. He said he didn't want to be responsible for the glass if it shattered. I was like alright whatever. He charged me $20 and it was done while I waited. 15min.

    I take it home to fit and it is too long by guess how much. Yup. 1/16. That's not even the bad news. To top it off, while I was trying the fit, because it was too tight, I chipped 2 corners. FML. Now I need to get a new sheet of 6mm starfire cut.

    In hindsight, I should've just said take off 3/16 and if it shattered, I wouldn't hold him accountable.

    Cling wrap installed for now.
     
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    Maybe I'll just rock cling wrap.

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    Lol!!!! Damn that sucks man. Cling wrap looks baller though!
     
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    Lol at Carlos for liking the cling wrap.
     
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    So with the cling wrap on, I am able to get a better idea of what humidity levels I can achieve in the tank with the front cover on.

    It's holding at a steady 98%. I'm assuming that's too high for thumbs. You guys tell me as I've read 75% - 80% is ideal.

    When I turn on the venting system, CPU fan blower at the bottom for intake and a CPU case fan at the top for exhaust, it clears up the front glass nicely but barely does anything for decreasing the humidity. 1% at the most.

    So I tweaked the components slightly thinking the fans aren't powerful enough. More specifically the intake fan. I put a larger one on and modified the mount to accept the larger fan case. The glass cleared up faster, but the humidity level had little to no change.

    Okay so I can't install a larger fan than what I tried because of space limitations. I read some where that if you run a fan across the top of the vents, on the outside of the tank, it would help circulate air. So I build a "tunnel" for lack of a better term with a fan at one end and an exhaust fan at the other. Glass clears up fast. But still no dice on the humidity.

    Any ideas?
     
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    I guess I should add:

    My humidity sensor is suspended in the center of the tank. It doesn't touch anything.

    I trimmed down my misting schedule to 4 times a day at 15sec each. As opposed to 8 times at 30sec when no front glass was on.

    Temperature ranges from 75-80. I'm assuming that's good from what I've read.
     
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    Have you test/calibrated you hygrometer? If not I'd try that. Table salt in a bottle cap with a couple drips of water put it in a zip lock bag with the hygrometer for 8 hours then take a reading. It should be 75%
     
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    Lol. I like the way it looks with the cling wrap. Will look awesome when the glass gets put on there. Great job with everything.
    What are you planning to put in there?
     
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    Nope. Never knew I could. Fill the cap with salt and literally add 2 drops of water? So it's more salt than water? I just wanna make sure I get the proportions correct to get the most accurate reading. Thanks for this.
     
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    Thanks dude. Ummm looking like imitators. Veraderos more specifically. Right, ErikM?
     
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    You got it man!

    After calibrating the hygrometer lets see what the humidity is at. If its still in the high 90s all day then once you add frogs you may want to reduce misting during the day. A drop into the high 70s would be great as it allows the frogs to utilize evaporative cooling. This means they will cool off with the water evaporating from their skin. This will also allow you to go to 80F (max) without issues at the top of the tank. You'll still want to have a temperature gradient with a cooler area near the floor.
     

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