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  1. Parts & Construction
    Hi I recently built two 6 foot tall with a 40cm by 40cm foot print paludariums. Im looking for help and recommendations for lights to get good enough light in the aquarium.
  2. Beginner Discussion
    Making my second viv and need to figure out the lighting. For my first viv (exo terra 12x12x18) I just went with compact top and a jungle dawn led - pretty straightforward. With a 20 gallon tall there's more to look into. Anyone have any budget LED options? Everything I see posted here is $100+...
  3. Parts & Construction
    I'm looking for an LED light to put on a 24" cubed tank. I've boiled it down to a spectral design LED system and the Fluval Plant 3.0 system. Both have a mix of R/B and white LEDs. I like the control feature of the Fluval as it allows you to customize the blend of light spectrum to the viewers...
  4. Plants
    Hello again Dendroboard! So, I've been trying to make a rather large uninhabited terrarium that is quite on the tall side. The distance between the ceiling and the substrate is around 5 ft, for instance. As such, I purchased some exceptionally bright lights, which to me may be too bright, if...
  5. Parts & Construction
    I used this Crane Ultrasonic I had at the house. Looks like they're 40 bucks new. Tubing and corrugated plastic came from home depot (cheap). Plastic makes a great top over the screen, keeps humidity in. Easy to cut with a utility knife, hole for light and one for tubing. I guess its all pretty...
  6. Parts & Construction
    I have discussed this before with Dendro Dave in messages. He has recommended Ecoxotic E series. I am looking for LED light for my Exoterra setup that can penetrate over 24inches into my tank for plants. I am wanting a light that has adjustable spectrum and can "ramp up" making the lighting...
  7. Parts & Construction
    Hello everybody, There are multiple types of LED's out there (5050, 3258, etc.) and I am under the impression that not all of these are equal in terms of lm/W output. Can anyone give me an answer on that and a source for more information? If this is the case then I would assume that it makes...
  8. General Discussion
    Does any one know what what type of par levels are necessary to color up bromeliads? I couldn't find anything with numbers in a search so sorry if this is already out there. Thanks!
  9. Parts & Construction
    Hello I'm in the process of building my 1st vivarium. This is what I have in mind: vivarium base 40cmx40cm (16"x16"), height 50 cm (20"). foam background, driftwoods. hand misting 2-3 times a week, no water feature, fogger once or twice a day. moss, saleginela, ferns, other greens. one pair of...
  10. Parts & Construction
    Hey everyone, I had a question on lighting and knew straight where to go! The experts! So here I am. I have had a viv set up and running for quite some time but can not decide which frogs to get so I just keep upgrading plants and such for the tank. I got carried away and decided to try out a...
  11. Parts & Construction
    Hi all, I have an old T5HO 54W ballast (Arcadia ACE154), but 54W T5 tubes are too long for the viv. However, there are 55W CFL tubes (4pin long types: Narva KLD-L 55W/958 Narva Bio Vital) which seem to have a decent spectrum, a bit of UV, and about approx. 3600 lm which would fit in the viv. I...
  12. Plants
    I have read many threads about broms and keeping their color but I do still have some problems. I seem to still loose a lot of color and to a point I was ok with it but after coming back from vacation and seeing how colorful they truely are in the wild I am inspired to get any advice. I plan on...
  13. Parts & Construction
    Hey, I want to add a dome light to my whites tank to simulate moonlight. What bulbs have people used with good results? Thanks
  14. Beginner Discussion
    Hello there, I've recently discovered this new hobby and instantly have fallen in love with it and eager to get going. But before I buy all the supplies I had a few questions I hoped could be answered, so I decided to join a forum =) My first question is to do with water. I currently own a...
  15. Parts & Construction
    I am of need for a light fixture for my 55 gallon. I much rather have a linear bulb fixture, than a dome one. And would like to use the exo terra repti glo 2.0. But, the exo terra fixtures are a bit expensive, are there any other good choices? Thank you
  16. Parts & Construction
    Hey everybody, So i am making 40 gal palu (obviously, check the title haha) and was wondering about the lighting. Keep in mind that i am trying to keep it as cheap as possible-under $50 hopefully. -THe plants will be almost all tropical plants. -The intended animal may be a lizard so the light...
  17. Plants
    I bought a plant pack online that included one assorted bromeliad. I found it to be a Vriesea Christiane. Images from: Vriesea -- Growing Vriesea Bromeliads It's been slowly dying since I've got it. Looking all over I can't really find any good information as to whether its best grown...
  18. Parts & Construction
    I had this fixture built for a long time and used it over a ten gallon planted aquarium. It houses 2 x 27watt cfl's and i also have a 80mm computer fan to make it run cool. It was a really fast construction originally and looked like crap, so when i went to put new bulbs i decided to make it a...
  19. Parts & Construction
    I'm going to be building a LED light for an upcoming tank build - a 24 inch cube tank from Protean. The plan is to purchase a 10" by 20" heatsink from Heatsink USA, and then mount 10 EndorStar 3-Up leds to it. This will give 30 emitters for the tank - which should be more than enough. I'm...
  20. Plants
    guys i have a question regarding both of the mentioned plants. really new in this area (vivarium plants) how should i spray the ferns? just mist the leafy area will do or should i mist the coco peat it's sitting on once a day? 2nd question.. is this lighting enough for both the birds nest...
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