Orchidarium

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  1. Drew

    Drew Administrator Staff Member

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    Here's a few pic of my new Orchidarium.
    The tank was a custom build by our very own master tank builder Paul aka
    -Rpn- from http://www.rpndesign.net/for-sale.html

    The tank was built to my exacting specs. Paul has outdone himself this tank is excellent showcase of his talent. The tank has exceed my wildest expectation.

    Measurement: 48"wide x 24"depth x 36"height

    So far in the tank

    -3 HO t5 48"
    -1 muffin fan
    -3 misting nozzels

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  2. treefrog

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    Hi Drew,
    Your tank is pretty cool, I cant wait to see it with the plants.

    what kind of orchids do you grow? I've been growing orchids for 10 years now.
    I read you often go to clouds orchids, is it a nice place? I'm sometimes tempted to buy some plants online (mostly paph and phrags).

    All the best
    Math
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    :x :x :x thats hot
  4. Drew

    Drew Administrator Staff Member

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    here is a list of the orchids that i have, not sure which ones are going in the tank yet
    Type \ Name \ Cross
    1 Cattleya \ Bc. Maikai 'Louise' AM/AOS \ B. nodosa x C. bowringiana
    2 Cattleya \ Bc. Maikai 'Louise' AM/AOS \ B. nodosa x C. bowringiana
    3 Cattleya \ Unnamed \ C. Arabesque G2 x C. Rex 'W'
    4 Cattleya \ Kirchara Tropical Jewel 'Hihimanu' \ Slc. Tropical Jewel x Epi. stamfordianum (mericlone)
    5 Cattleya \ Lc. Fire Dance 'Patricia' \ C. aurantiaca x Fire Island
    6 Cattleya \ Slc. Baby Linda 'Carmela' \ Unknown
    7 Cattleya \ Slc. India Rose Sherwood 'Kilani' \ Naomi Kerns x C. Chocolate Drop
    8 Cattleya \ Blc. Mem. Vida Lee 'Limelight' AM/AOS \ Bc. Binosa x Lc. Brazilian Treasure
    9 Cattleya \ Otaar Jan Fumiye 'Hawaii' AM/AOS \ Ctna. Keith Roth x Blc. Lucky Strike
    10 Cymbidium \ Cym. Cloud's Caress \ Miss Taipei Unveiled x Pipeta
    11 Cymbidium \ Cymbidium - Unknown \ Unknown
    12 Cymbidium \ Cymbidium - purple flowers \ Unknown
    13 Cymbidium \ Cymbidium Maureen Carter (Fragrant Yellow) \ Unknown
    14 Cymbidium \ Cymbidium Maureen Carter (Fragrant Yellow) \ Unknown
    15 Cymbidium \ Unnamed \ Cym. Goeringii x Sanderae
    16 Cymbidium \ Cym. 'Nora Frae' \ Candy Floss x Valley Flower
    17 Cymbidium \ Cym. Elma \ ensifollum x pumilum v. abescens
    18 Cymbidium \ Cym. Autumn Green 'Cloud's Mint Julep' \ Peter Pat x Peetie
    19 Dendrobium \ Den. Nida \ Candy Stripe x Queen Southeast
    20 Dendrobium \ Den. Nida \ Candy Stripe x Queen Southeast
    21 Dendrobium \ Dendrobium anosmum (Fragrant purple) \ Unknown
    22 Epidendrum \ Epidendrum 'Orange' \ Unknown
    23 Epidendrum \ Epidendrum 'Orange' \ Unknown
    24 Epidendrum \ Unnamed \ Epi. Capricornu x pfavii
    25 Epidendrum \ Epi. Mabel Kanda 'Green Leaf' \ Enc. Cordigera x Epi. Floribundum
    26 Oncidium \ Adaglossum Summit 'Frenchtown' AM/AOS \ Odm. Bictoniense x Asa keiliana
    27 Oncidium \ Onc. Ruffles 'Scent of a Woman' \ Ornithorhynchum x fuscatum
    28 Oncidium \ Onc. Wildcat 'TOW' \ Rustic Bridge x Crowborough
    29 Oncidium \ Onc. Sharry Baby 'Sweet Fragrance' AM/AOS \ Jamie Sutton x Honolulu
    30 Oncidium \ Onc. Sharry Baby 'Unicorn Raspberry' HCC/AOS \ Jamie Sutton x Honolulu
    31 Oncidium \ Onc. Sharry Baby 'Red Fantasy' (To Be Confirmed) \ Jamie Sutton x Honolulu
    32 Oncidium \ Onc. Pacific Pagan 'Pacific Swarm' \ Onc. Debutante x Onc. Jimbo
    33 Oncidium \ Onc. Rex Van Delden 'Pink Bees' \ Onc. Fuscatum x Onc. Incurvum
    34 Oncidium \ Vuyl. Blarney Stone 'Geyserland' \ Lutetia x Oda. Anne Boleyn
    35 Oncidium \ Bllra. Big Shot 'Kitty Kat' \ Milt. Maui Titan x Bllra. Tahoma Glacier
    36 Oncidium \ Wils. Aloha Sparks 'Pele's Glow' \ Odcdm. Lorraine's 14th WOC x Pda. Redhot Spark
    37 Paphiopedilum \ Unnamed \ Paph. Hsinying Cherry 'Magic Fire' x Macabre
    38 Paphiopedilum \ Paph. Cloud's Robot Chicken \ Moquetteanum 'Red Lady' x Apicetianum
    39 Planifolia \ Vanilla Planifolia \ Species: Planifolia
    40 Phaius \ Phaius Dan Rosenberg 'Tropical Ice' \ Phaius tankervilleae x Gastrorchis tuberculosa
    41 phalaenopsis \ Phal. Unknown # 1 - White & Purple Spots \ Unknown
    42 phalaenopsis \ Phal. Unknown # 2 - white with Purple lips \ Unknown
    43 phalaenopsis \ Phal . Unknown #4 - Purple striped \ Unknown
    44 phalaenopsis \ Unnamed \ Phal. (Abendrot x Donna Sue) ‘delicata’ x Mem Albert Schweitzer ‘First Kiss’
    45 phalaenopsis \ Unnamed \ Phal. (Abendrot x Donna Sue) ‘delicata’ x Mem Albert Schweitzer ‘First Kiss’
    46 phalaenopsis \ Dtps. Tinny Amethyst 'Merlot' \ Minho Princess x Happy Valentine
    47 phalaenopsis \ Dtps. Minho Princess 'Kandy Kane' \ Sun Prince x Phal. Ta Lin Freeds
    48 Unknown Hybrid \ Complex Hybrid \ Unknown
    49 Vanda \ Unnamed \ Ascha Leenachai x v. adisak


    By all means any advice for which you think would do well in the tank would be greatly appricaited.

    Most of my orchids are from Clouds I really enojoy their knowlegable staff and it reasonable close to my house.
    I was really tempted by some of the orchids you had for sale Math, but ill have to wwait to see how much room i have left in the tank :)

    Math anytime you want to head to clouds i'll come with
  5. frogfreak

    frogfreak Moderator Staff Member

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    That's quite the list of orchids you have there Drew. Can't wait to see this :)
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    Very nice, this is nearly identical to the one I spoke to Paul about as well. Nice to see it actually made. Give us some feedback as to how it works :)
  7. Drew

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    Update add two more T5"
    *remember this tank is not a display tank purely a functionnal grow-op
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    cheap adjustable shelving
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    simple lighting hood
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    Raised subfloor
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    What did you treat the pine legs from Ikea with?
  9. Drew

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    nothing yet, I figured it would root after a couple of years but who cares at 15$.
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    frogfreak Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi Drew

    A few coats of exterior varathane would make them last for years if you're interested.
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    He he, I have been to that Ikea, we used to go on trips to it. I guess it would have less appeal when you live in the same town though. Awesome Orchidarium when do we get to see it filled?
  12. Drew

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    hopefully it will be filed this weekend, only a few small jobs left, Leca under the sub floor, mylar for a reflector(the light intensity isnt what i had hoped for)

    took yor advice Frogfreak and put two coats of verefane on.
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    here it is all planted up there about 30 orchids on the top shelf
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    Looks great Drew. I must admit I am impressed with this tank and how it turned out. I hope your orchids do well for you in this set up and I'm looking forward to some flowering pictures =P~ . Enjoy!!!
    Where did you end up getting your lights from?
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    What is the tall orchid with the thick leaves at the front and the tiny dark one right beside it?
  17. Drew

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    Here the big leafed one

    40 Phaius \ Phaius Dan Rosenberg 'Tropical Ice' \ Phaius tankervilleae x Gastrorchis tuberculosa

    here is the one to left of that one
    37 Paphiopedilum \ Unnamed \ Paph. Hsinying Cherry 'Magic Fire' x Macabre
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    frogfreak Moderator Staff Member

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    Bumpity bumpity

    Any new pics Drew? :D
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    Drew Administrator Staff Member

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    Sure the tank got completly re done. Wood+water equals bad idea, also I had two viruses rip through my collection. So I was forced to get rid of all my orchids and start from scratch

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    maxillaria tenuifolia smelss like coconut
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    Catt Wanda's fire
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    Onc. Sharry babby smells like chocolate
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    Phal. Hybrid Brother Sara
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    Cattleya aurantiaca
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    Onc. Sharry babby smells like chocolate
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    Phal. Sedirea Japonica
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    Phal. Joyce Steward
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    This one is an native canadian orchid called Snowy lady slipper, I grow it in my garden
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  20. frogfreak

    frogfreak Moderator Staff Member

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    Thanks for the pics.

    They're awesome!

    This virus hit you last summer right? I seem to remember you posting about it.

    When did you have to start all over?

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