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Old 05-24-2012, 04:07 PM   #31
 
Without the mesh, my glass has nothing to sit on? I don't want to buy a whole tube of silicon to put in glass either, its going to be a huge waste of silicone and I don't have extra silicone around the house.

As for animals, I won't have any animals, you are correct. However, I am told that the greenhouse effect is bad for carnivorous plants?

For misting, I plan to mist once a day, but will be getting an automatic one eventually since I often travel a lot for work.
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Old 05-24-2012, 06:12 PM   #32
 
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Without the mesh, my glass has nothing to sit on? I don't want to buy a whole tube of silicon to put in glass either, its going to be a huge waste of silicone and I don't have extra silicone around the house.

As for animals, I won't have any animals, you are correct. However, I am told that the greenhouse effect is bad for carnivorous plants?

For misting, I plan to mist once a day, but will be getting an automatic one eventually since I often travel a lot for work.
Then keep the mesh, just make sure it can hold the weight of the glass.
There is a googolplex(and I dont mean the google headquarters) of BS floating out there. The kind of stuff some people can say and stand by will never stop to amaze me. With the proper care your carnivorous plants will be just fine.
BTW you can reuse the tube of silicone as many times as you want to just push a screw in the front of the tube so that no air goes in to dry the silicone.

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Old 05-25-2012, 09:31 AM   #33
 
Oh holy cow, i hand sawed one piece of the PVC pipe and it took 30 minutes last night. It also didn't come out as clean as I wanted. If this is whats going to happen for the other pieces, its gonna be a while before I really start on the rest of this, probably gonna need the weekend to cut the 6 pieces and sand them down to perfection. Gravel + water will be going in this weekend, peat should be arrive next week sometime.

Redknee, how did you secure your PVC pipes? Mine keep sliding everywhere and I do not think i should be placing a layer of gravel around them to secure them right? The false bottom in the area under the terrestrial part should be clean?
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Old 05-25-2012, 12:27 PM   #34
 
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Oh holy cow, i hand sawed one piece of the PVC pipe and it took 30 minutes last night. It also didn't come out as clean as I wanted. If this is whats going to happen for the other pieces, its gonna be a while before I really start on the rest of this, probably gonna need the weekend to cut the 6 pieces and sand them down to perfection. Gravel + water will be going in this weekend, peat should be arrive next week sometime.

Redknee, how did you secure your PVC pipes? Mine keep sliding everywhere and I do not think i should be placing a layer of gravel around them to secure them right? The false bottom in the area under the terrestrial part should be clean?
You are cuting the pvc in lenght? Dont bother, just cut 6-8-10 pieces of the same lenght and put a dent(or hole) on the part that will be on the bottom so the water can circulate. That way the pipe has a flat surface to stand on and wont go in all directions.
What do you mean clean?
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Old 05-25-2012, 02:33 PM   #35
 
The PVC i purchased are PVC connectors, not the pipes. The pipes were being sold in packs of 5 and i need about 6 inches of pvc total so i would have had way too much PVC if I got the pipes. What i got were these 2 inch long connectors so I need to saw them in half to get the right height of 1inch for the false bottom. For circulation, I am going to drill it.

What i mean by holding it in place is that whenever i drop the mesh, the pvc slides so the support i want in the corners slide to the left or right so i cant get the proper support in the areas I need. The mesh is not as hard as I need, but it is enough if I can get the supports to stay in the right places.
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Old 05-25-2012, 03:31 PM   #36
 
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Ah, I understand.
Well the only valid way is silicone or any glue that will hold to water and is non toxic after it cures. I hear gorilla glue does a good job at this to, never tested it myself tho.
As for hand cutin the pvc... damn! I always use power tools for anything that takes longer than smoking a cig. Dont you have a friend with a dremel around? They work pretty well for all kinds of stuff.
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Old 05-25-2012, 03:34 PM   #37
 
Actually I have a dremel. Dunno why i didnt think to use it... -_-" lol Oops... I got like 100 attachments too... well that reminder solves a lot of problems. THANKS! I can grind it flat and stuff to with that thing... AHH that means i wasted 30 minutes last night when i coulda just cut all of them last night... AHH.
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Old 05-29-2012, 03:05 PM   #38
 
OK, so all the PVC has been cut, sanded, drilled. I placed a soil layer at the bottom of the bog area and put down a thin layer of black ultra-fine gravel to help with preventing the peat from falling through. So far it looks good. Also, another benefit i think, the gravel layer is sucking up water from the bog area so it is slightly moist via capillary action, which will help keep the peat moist for the plants. This gravel is about 2mm, i think it will also mix well with the peat when the peat layer goes on top.

Also the hygrometer has been calibrated. At least i hope I calibrated it ok. It sat in the bag with the salt at 60% before so I adjusted it to show 75%. Is there another way to test the accuracy besides the salt test?

Also, apparently the terrarium wont fit where I want it to, its 1/2 cm too tall. So now its going next to a window and getting direct sunlight for like 4-5 hrs a day. Is that sufficient?

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Old 05-31-2012, 08:34 AM   #39
 
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There is no other way to test a hygro at home(none that actually works well) but the salt test is almost 100% accurate.
4-5 hours of direct sun might be ok but I am unsure, might still need a bit of light.
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Old 05-31-2012, 10:06 PM   #40
 
well according to the hygro, my setup is at 82% humidity. the sides are foggy except one side. Doesnt look like its 80%... might salt test it again. still waiting for the peat to arrive, but I might start planting the bog plants now to get it started.
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