[pleurothallid-l] wardian case plans

Colleen colleenbevans at wowway.com
Wed Mar 9 20:11:58 EST 2005

I have 2 orchidariums...

It is a stainless steel bottom with glass doors and plexi sides, top and back. It has 4, 55 watt biaxial bulbs. I maintain humidity with 2 airstones (bubblers) like you see in aquariums. They sit in the bottom in about 2" of water and run 24/7. There are 2 water resistant fans running at the top of the unit...one blows down, the other blows up. This creates a circular air current. These units are available from Orchidarium.com but you CAN build one less expensively. The case is 4' wide, 2 1/2 ' deep and 4' high. I find that my cases run about 10 degrees higher than ambient room temperature.In winter I crack open a window, in summer I run a window air conditioner and keep the door to the room closed. I have the 2nd unit in the basement (I live in Michigan). It gets up to about 80 degrees in summer.
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