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Old 12-15-2011, 09:22 PM
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Default La Dee Da. Planning a 35g Orchid Viv

I have a better, but rough build in mind so I'm going to need advice.

Based on Dartmouth drip wall, here


I want to take cork bark and silicone the back three sides of the tank and fill in the empty areas with long fiber sphagnum moss, leaving the front viewable from three angles.

I wasn't planning on doing a drip wall however, only because plumbing and I do not belong in the same sentence. I was mulling this over the other day and I think with a Mist King plus a computer fan would be the best route. I'm just not sure where I should mount the fan; maybe the top of the glass hood?

I was planning on running the computer fan on a timer, like the lights.

As for lighting, I'll probably use T5HOs but LEDs would look mighty sweet instead! It's one or the other, and I need some help deciding between the two. Hehe

Beyond this rough layout, I'm a beginner with orchids so if anyone could spare some time and offer hardy, tropical orchids, I would be grateful.

I think Vandas are really neat! But would one outgrow the hex? I like to mount one with all there root structures.

Thanks for reading.
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Old 12-19-2011, 08:23 PM
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Well I've given up on a hex. Psh. However I still want to do a viv with just orchids.

I found a 12x12x18 Exo that is being sold with the fixture, and the Exo Terra stand. I'm wondering about modding the hood to LED's... Opinions please?

I am definitely will be doing my reading but could anyone suggest a few species so I may have somewhat of a path to begin the research process? Thanks!

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Old 12-20-2011, 03:29 AM
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Default Re: La Dee Da. Planning a 35g Orchid Viv

i like the idea of modding for diy leds. it will allow you to keep higher light orchids with less overheating problems. most vandas will be to big for a small tank like that but there are alot of similar orchids and hybrids that would be good. look for minitures or dwarves so they dont get too big. also a circ fan will help alot in keeping the air moving which orchids like.
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Default Re: La Dee Da. Planning a 35g Orchid Viv

Vandas are not well suited to that viv, but Sediarea japonica, Haraella odorata or Gastrochilus sp. would work well



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So happy for the suggestions. Thanks to you both!
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