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Discussion in 'Ripariums & Paludariums' started by keithgh, Jan 6, 2014.

  1. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    No I might have to catch a few ??? (only flying) with a net in the garden and see what happens.

    There is a UK Forum that should be able to help me plus the supplier.

    I also have a lot of printed info from another large retail seller.

    Keith:):)
     
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    moss_maniac Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Wow - it looks great Keith!!!!!(y) The plants seem to be in a very good condition, too.
    Love the red edged one most:love:
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Thank you the plants are only a few $$ each compared to Aquarium plants the problem is getting good quality plants.
    As they are grown locally by a small family company their reputation is always on the line when they sell via the WWW.
    I wanted all the same Sundews but there were not sufficient so the owner contact me first and selected the one that were all compatible as far as size and shape, plus naturally the colours blended in.

    I have my T5 desk lamp 22w over the plants at the moment.
    I have just connected the 36w light and later I will set up the timer.

    The Fly Traps are just starting to open.

    Keith:):)
     
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    Hi Keith, Sounds like a great company there :cool:
    Looking forward to seeing the whole Terrascape in its full glory now :)
     
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    Its so close to what I was thinking all along, Rocky area dry water fall and a dry creek bed tapering off to one rock at the front, three levels, now one level becomes a dry river bank, which was originally going to be a small fern or a wandering plant.

    Over all I think it turned out better this way.

    What's the hurry if I am correct its taken over three years to get this far.

    I am checking out on a UK Carnivorous Forum timing for lights On & Off and feeding.

    The wife checks it several times a day.

    The three Air Plants will be glued on Tomorrow.

    Keith:):)
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    I just measured the Temp 23c and Humidity at plant level 60.

    That is practically the same as the room.

    I was curious as I did not want to burn the plants

    I have just ordered 4 more Tillandsia to glue on to the Drift wood.
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    Very close to the finish line now.

    I am expecting the delivery of the mountain Cyclamens in a few days time and the remainder of the Till. fuchsii var. gracillis next week then, its all finished.

    Keith:):)
     
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    Finally, we get the full view ;-)

    Isn't 60% humidity a bit low for the tillandsia ? (I was expecting something more like 80%)
     
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    Hi Keith, Looking great :rolleyes::love: The moss on the LH side looks like its settling in nicely :cool: And the fly traps are starting to open too:cool::cool: You will have to go on a bug hunt soon to feed them :) Ho nice air plants too :rolleyes:
     
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    (y) waiting for the cyclamens now!:)
     
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    I have the Thermometer/Barometer sitting on the soil in the tank now.

    The temp is 22c and humidity 72 if it goes higher I will edit this post.

    About 45min later its climbing very slowly and is reading now 78, I will check again later today.

    Over an hour later the humidity reached 78 remember that is sitting on the soil.

    I am misting every morning, I will pick up a Moisture meter next time I go to the local Garden Centre.

    Evelyn
    If all goes well the bulbs should be planted in a few days time, the remainder of the Air and Sundews plants could be 2-3 weeks.

    Roy I am hoping with the light on it could attract a few ???

    Keith:):)
     
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    a tiny piece of banana may attract fruit flies...
     
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    Although I know very few, Humidity looks better now ;-)
     
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    I have made one big change to the tank I remover the black plastic edging it only took me about 30min and that included cleaning it up with a little Metho.

    I will smooth the edges off with a small dry oil stone tomorrow, I have done it many times a glazier told me to do it that way ages ago.

    I added more small stones from the bottom of the dry water fall to the start of the dry creek bed, now there is a continual flow from the front of the tank to the top back RH corner.

    A few more plants arrived today, more next week and more in about 2-3 weeks time and it will be finally finished.
    At the moment its so close to what I was thinking its unbelievable.

    As many know I always say "What's the hurry" only this time it took over three years and I am very glad I had a few long delays along the way as it gave me a lot more time to think about exactly what I was wanting and what I could get.
    The plants have come from different pars of Aust and bits and pieces in our small Court.

    [​IMG]

    Keith:):)
     
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    Hi Keith, Well worth the wait mate;) Wow :rolleyes::rolleyes: I love it Keith (y) And taking off the plastic was a great idea:D Its looks so much better without the black trim(y) Congrats on a superb Terrascape (y)(y)
     
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    Hi Keith - it looks incredible. Just beautiful!(y) I had to do some catch up today and I could not believe how you have been steaming ahead lately, it has come together in a natural looking way, so relaxing on my eye...and yet on can spend a lot of time marvelling at the detail. A true work of art this and its not even finished yet!!! :eek:(y):)
    I started at the place you decided to use moss in the difficult spot - I thought that was a pure stroke of genius! It looks like the moss has taken very well in the corner and I like it that it can't obscure the gum nuts.
    I wa dead pleased to see you decided to use some carnivorous beauties. It is a strange thing because a few weeks ago I ordered some sundew gemmae, little nothings they are at this point! So if and when they grow I will be able to pick your brains about caring for them!:)
    Love the way you have them in the front.
    Really excited now to see the final instalments! I may be in CT before you complete it, but hope my computer set up there will at least let me look at how things are going!
    I really LOVE this, it's TOP (as my neighbours young son would say!) (y)(y):D
     
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    I must admit its a great improvement without the plastic edging.

    Janey
    Thank you for your comments, the Gum nut corner sort of developed as I could not find a suitable plant.

    I found a small clump of very small gum nuts and that has helped .

    I spray the little bit of Moss every morning plus the piece of DW hoping it will grow on it.

    UPDATE
    There has been a few additions I planted 3 small Cyclamens today and a few days ago I added some very small stones in the gaps of the dry water fall and dry creek bed to give it a more natural feel about it.

    I have 4 more Air plants arriving in a few days time.

    I will be ordering more small red Sundews as soon as the seller sends me the invoice.

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    Click photo to see the full image

    Keith:):)
     
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    Another UPDATE 3.3.14
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    I do not know why I did not remove the plastic edging from the very beginning as it looks so much better and easier to look at.
    I have added more green moss in the Gum nut side, I planted 3 Cyclamens middle back and used a little live Sphagnum Moss.

    Around and in front of the Venus Fly Trap I a have also added live Sphagnum Moss .

    I am expecting delivery of four more mini Air plants this week then I have to do is wait for 3 more red Sundews for the front RH corner and its all FINISHED.

    I watered 2lt via the UGF riser today its very easy I use a PVC tubing and a small kitchen funnel.

    The riser is behind the Gumnuts and its impossible to be seen as its coated in the same stones as the sides and back.

    Keith:):)
     
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    Hi Keith, One word, FANTASTIC :rolleyes::rolleyes::love:
     
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    Funny how often it is the little details that count. Like removing the black strip - it really does make a huge difference Keith.
    Allows the eye to travel up and down much better than before.

    The bright green moss seems to be thriving - wonder if in time it will also grow on the gum nuts a little, I'll have to wait & see!
    Here in the woods it is uncanny how it happily grows right up the base of tree trunks.

    I just noticed the sundews are in bud too - I wonder what the flowers will look like!:) Love the idea of some red sundews in the corner.:love:
    Think you found a good sundew source, they look really at home and healthy.

    Fantastic to think soon it will be finished and you can sit back and enjoy it!:D
     
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