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What orchid is that with the long thin leaves on the right wall?

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I believe that one is: Maxillaria / species ( giant uncata ) purchased from Andy's Orchids
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One of the orchids had stated blooming after being dormant for two years!

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I will be trying my hand at some orchids for the first time. Hoping I can get mine to flower too!

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I will be trying my hand at some orchids for the first time. Hoping I can get mine to flower too!

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Orchids are my favorite plant to have in my tanks and I have a lot! It has taken some time to figure out where they like to be placed most seem to be picky when it comes to how moist they stay. Once you figure it out they are awesome!
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Cool I will keep that in mind when I get some. 👍

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Awesome setups! Been kicking around the idea of getting some verticals and this helps push me over the edge. Thanks for the build info.
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Just curious - did you 3D print the clips that hold the front door shut too? Those are nice - good idea - was wondering how to replicate that piece of the setup....

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I did 3D print them, they work really well and make it simple to completely remove the glass for cleaning.
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Interesting design, I thought that the main pane of glass on the front was hinged - and would drop down - so you really just have it seated somehow (U-channel?) on top of the bottom panel and the top comes out. Interesting design. i don't think that I've seen anyone else do that.

You're making me wish that I had a 3-d printer and some CAD drafting knowledge right about now.
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Interesting design, I thought that the main pane of glass on the front was hinged - and would drop down - so you really just have it seated somehow (U-channel?) on top of the bottom panel and the top comes out. Interesting design. i don't think that I've seen anyone else do that.

You're making me wish that I had a 3-d printer and some CAD drafting knowledge right about now.
Ill take some close up pics later. The front consists of one bottom pane of glass with a 3d printed uchannel on top to create a perfectly flat surface for the top pane to sit on. The top pane just rests on top of the bottom and the clips hold it in place tightly. When I want to feed I just take off the clips and pivot the glass open enough to put the flies in. But when I really want to get in and clean I just take the whole pane off easy as can be. I have gone through several iterations starting with hinges then magnets and at one point duct tape (yuck). So far with this system I wouldn't change anything it has been working great for months and I am very pleased with it. If you would like to try something similar I could print some more clips and ship them to you.
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I'm actually building three 20H tanks now - basically using your design. I still have to drill the side holes. (Holes are a bit smaller - 1 3/8 inches.)

I will also be hinging the fronts - as I already have the parts. I will post some pic's when I have time.

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I'm actually building three 20H tanks now - basically using your design. I still have to drill the side holes. (Holes are a bit smaller - 1 3/8 inches.)

I will also be hinging the fronts - as I already have the parts. I will post some pic's when I have time.

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I look forward to seeing them. What made you choose hinging rather than fully removable. I ask because I have done the hinge route before and wished I hadn't down the road.
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I did a similar design to your as well with 3 29 gallon verts but I chose to do the Sherman vent and sliding doors instead.

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I think that I went with hinged because I can see myself dropping/breaking the front panes of glass if they were not attached - or setting them down and chipping the corners of the front pane which would also bum me out.

Other builds that I have done are hinged too, so I was just sort of thinking along those lines.

Honestly, I like the idea of being able to take the glass out. But, since I have the hinges already - and don't have any U channel to cover the top of the bottom pane of glass - I will likely build these as hinged.

My original thought for these tanks was to do some glass cutting and make these more of a euro design - just to get plenty of air across the front pane of glass and prevent condensation -- then using sliders above that. (The 20H design is kind of skinny for sliding doors though.)

I really like your idea of the vents in the side of the tank. I have to find something crafty to cover up the mesh for the vents though - as I will likely just silicone some screen in place to prevent escapes.

I have some additional vents drilled in the bottom pane of glass for the front that I will be covering with screen and then using a metal washer to finish for a more professional look.

Basically I will silicone the screen in place and then place the metal washer (which has been spray painted black) in place over the screen so that the vent is open through the middle of the washer. This design allows me to use magnets to cover the washers to regulate air circulation. (the magnets are like ones used for refrigerator magnets or used on the decals that many people put on their cars - cut into the shapes to regulate air flow into the tank.)
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Wip 20s

Looking forward to getting these 20s going.

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