New concept tree vivarium (Build thread)

Discussion in 'Construction & Parts' started by mmorra, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. singhm29

    singhm29 Member

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    Recently found a goldmine for vivarium pumps during my last home depot exploration.
    This should fit your needs states 50" lift.
    http://www.homedepot.ca/product/250-gph-fountain-pump/900695
    The lift they state is actually accurate unlike zoomed pumps and exoterra crap, I bought a bunch and tested them to see if they actually pushed to the specified height and they did (although I havent tried that specific model)
    Hope that helps
     
  2. Epiphile

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    I've used those HD pumps to good result as well. You'd better get there soon, though, as they are likely packing up their summer seasonal stuff.
     
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    This is true, they also mark them down a couple bucks around now since they need to move them
     
  4. singhm29

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    Question:
    Where did you order your LED strips from? Could you possibly provide a link?
     
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    Do not buy them. They overheat and burn out when they are covered in silicon. They make ones that don't have the *waterproofing and they may last longer.eBay search led SMD 5050
     
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    OK so I have an update...

    I made the lighting system. Video is uploading to youtube now...

    30 watt LEDS are way to powerful for this. I am ordering 4 20Watt LEDs instead. This will save some electricity as they only draw .7 amps each instead of 1.05. zI cut the video short because I have not installed the fans yet and the LEDs got too hot! the driver fan came on from the increase in the ambient heat around it as a result... The overheating wont be a problem with the fans running but I am concerned about plant burning and my electricity bill with these 4 30Watt LEDS.

    video soon
     
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    Sorry my internet is shotty. This is the best I could do for now
     
  8. Epiphile

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    That looks exceptional. Really nice work.
     
  9. mmorra

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    So I bought a strong pump from Germany (through ebay) and the next step is to build a simple water filtration sump/ collector to replace the bucket that collects the overflow water from the tank. The pump will recirculate the water (which at first was very orange/brown but now is fairly clear) that overflows and push it back up into the milk bag at the top of the tree to saturate the hygrolon growth fabric. I'll get the pump to run at the same time cycle as the misting heads, 8 times a day for 40 seconds or so on average.


    I have moved things around and made 3 large cuttings from the amazonica to replant at the base of the tree. Two of the 3 are being tested right now. Hopefully they take (I had them in moist plastic bags under the lights for a few weeks to stimulate root growth)

    Can anyone tell me when and how much fertilizer I should be adding?
     
  10. Epiphile

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    I might try something like the EI or PPS feeding regimens popular for aquariums. This will allow you to maintain a consistent supply of nutrients without the frequent water tests and adjustments that would otherwise be required when using a recirculating nutrient solution. The recommended dosages noted should be sufficient for your plants to sustain themselves, and will be at least a good place to start.

    Both of these methods work on elemental feeding, so you'll have to find a supply of those. Being in Guelph it may not be too tricky for you, as the farm supply stores will probably have what you need.
     
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    Great build!

    Thanks for the update. I'd love to see some close ups.
     
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    Looking good!
     
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    looking great
     
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    FOR SALE. Tell your friends! I need to sell this girl. Looking for 400. It's completely self sustainable.
     

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