nano build

Minor adjustments

nano-orchidarium - second incarnationI have been debating weather I need to add some ventilation to the nano orchidarium… Most of the time RH is right at 100% and I am afraid I might get a problem with mold in the future. Right now the 80mm fan is set for 12V and is doing a great job, but once I get more orchids […]

By |2017-10-13T11:26:20+02:00November 16th, 2008|Categories: Projects|Tags: , |Comments Off on Minor adjustments

An EPI(c) new plan

So I am a little disappointed over the functionality of the clay pipe actually… In my estimation it did not leech out a whole lot of water for the orchids, and what little did was promptly dried up by the fan. I turned the 80mm computer fan up to 12V since I saw that some mold had started to develop on the backside of the pipe. In any case, it was a fun experiment (thank […]

By |2017-10-13T11:26:20+02:00October 29th, 2008|Categories: Projects|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on An EPI(c) new plan

Light trouble oh yeah…

This is kind of funny actually… at least now in retrospect.

The whole orchidarium build has been fairly simple really. But now there is this one teeny tiny detail – the mood light – that is giving us so much trouble and that it is threatening to cost as much as the entire build so far! Well, not quite, but what a headache!!

The first spot we got violently blew up when we hooked it up (in […]

By |2017-10-13T11:26:20+02:00October 19th, 2008|Categories: Projects|Tags: , |Comments Off on Light trouble oh yeah…

Day 12: Planning the nano…

Now the fun begins… the planning of the orchidarium. Naturally the size is very limited so I will have to study up on mini orchids. Fun fun.

I was looking at warm growing mini-masdevallias: Masdevallia lata, m. naranjapatae, m. pelecaniceps, m. weberbaueri, m. collina, m. cuprea, . guerrieroi, m. gutierrezii, m. guttulata, m. kuhniorum, m. norae, m. revoluta, m. tubuliflora, m. vieirana…

Or maybe a few of these: Leptotes unicolor, Maxillaria juergensii, Maxillaria variabilis ‘red’, Ornithocephalus manabina, […]

By |2008-10-16T17:29:49+02:00October 16th, 2008|Categories: Projects|Tags: , |Comments Off on Day 12: Planning the nano…

Day 11: The nano-inspired orchidarium is done!!

Ok. Here are a few notes on the build… I have had requests for a detailed outline for how to build this so I hope this will suffice.

All in all… you can buy a beautiful nano vivarium from Dusk, so unless you are pretty dedicated and is willing to put in a lot of hours it would probably be better to go with a premade one. That said, I think my design is really nice, […]

By |2017-10-13T11:26:20+02:00October 16th, 2008|Categories: Projects|Tags: , |5 Comments

Day 10: aaahhh the circles are done!

After a few days of collecting my energy, the circles are now cut and done! It wasn’t really that bad, 1 hour of consistent sawing with a fine-toothed metal cutting saw. It turned out pretty good actually.

Yes! It will work.

By |2008-10-11T23:14:57+02:00October 11th, 2008|Categories: Projects|Tags: , |Comments Off on Day 10: aaahhh the circles are done!

Day 7: Back to *hell* …making circles

nano-orchidarium buildIt seems it will be a rather costly ordeal to get circles cut by a professional… so I am thinking I will have to do it myself after all. What a bitch!

I think that the thinner 1,5 mm thick PVC I used for the tube is too thin to support for the lid/bottom so I am back to tackling the 3 mm PVC […]

By |2017-10-13T11:26:21+02:00October 8th, 2008|Categories: Projects|Tags: , |Comments Off on Day 7: Back to *hell* …making circles

Day 6: Sealing the clay pipe

nano-orchidarium buildI decided that I needed to seal the clay pipe on the bottom so I can take out the pipe without creating a swimming pool in my livingroom (somewhat of an overstatement but you get the idea). The best solution seemed to simply glue a clay plant saucer to the bottom with some constructuion adhesive.

After gluing the pipe I started worrying about the […]

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Day 5: Carving circles in *hell*

Let me tell you one thing about PVC. It is freaking hard as hell and still the most brittle material you ever saw!! I admit it. I capitulate. I will pay someone to cut the darn circles or it will near kill me, and still not look very good. I just need a bottom and a lid so hopefully it won’t be too expensive. I hate it when hubby is right (only kidding dear).

I found […]

By |2008-10-06T14:58:11+02:00October 6th, 2008|Categories: Projects|Tags: , |Comments Off on Day 5: Carving circles in *hell*

Day 4: Oops, and the more you learn the less you know

Another trip out to the local hardware store to replace my original type of silicone for one made specifically for aquariums – apparently, the regular stuff would not have stuck to the PVC material I am using since it contains oil. You learn something new every day.

On the upside. I found a real cool termometer/hygrometer to use for the build so that made it all worthwhile.

By |2008-10-05T14:58:13+02:00October 5th, 2008|Categories: Projects|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Day 4: Oops, and the more you learn the less you know
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