Dendroboard banner

1 - 8 of 8 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
154 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
This small tank was built for growing miniature high altitude orchid species from Papua New Guinea. Despite its extremely tropical location (~5 ̊S), due to lapse rate, temperatures at higher altitudes can be extremely cool. For example, in Laiagam in Enga Province, temperatures are often ~50 ̊F at night and rarely reach 70 ̊F during the day. Laiagam is approximately 2200 meters (7,217 feet) above sea level. Parts of New Guinea reach higher than 3000 m and have snow and glaciers capping the peaks. This tank is in Austin, Texas, where outdoor temperatures often exceed 107 ̊F.

For right now it's just a ten gallon. I will eventually upgrade to a larger tank.

The tank is specifically for Papua New Guinea orchids that come from 2000-3000 meters above sea level. Specifically, Dendrobium cuthbertsonii, dekockii, agathodaemonis, brevicaule, etc.

The cooling system is a Haier cube dorm fridge minus, well, the fridge. I put the evaporator coil from the fridge inside a ten gallon vert. The compressor and condenser coil are directly behind the tank.

The lighting is composed of six Cree XP-G high intensity LEDs mounted to aluminum heatsinks. They are driven by a 1000 mA Buckpuck driver and powered by a 24 Volt Potrans power supply.

Watering is accomplished by a standard MistKing system.

Air circulation is accomplished by a 60 mm ADDA waterproof DC fan.

The reservoir at the bottom of the tank (filled with distilled water) is warmed. The fan turns off, the compressor kicks on and voila, precipitation in a tank.

 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,131 Posts
Wow! There is so much you could do with that! So many questions, is the water at the bottom warmed from the pump on condenser unit? I can't see in the video well enough to see If your coil is inside the tank? I need pictures!!! Hahah very cool build, what are you planning? I doubt that three plants is the purpose of that build, if you ever consider an animal I think there is a Russian salamander that would be in heaven!!!! Very cool, some time spent on cleaning up the system and planting would make that thing a beast!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,293 Posts
Looks great and all but can we see it in action?
Or is it on?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1 Posts
Very nice! Do you still have this in operation?
Have you had any luck on obtaining the Oxyglossums yet?
I just re-did my case and am actively looking for sources as well!
I have a few, but always on the hunt for more.
 
1 - 8 of 8 Posts
Top