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My Black Box - Updated Pics

Post by BryanW » Thu Feb 15, 2018 4:40 pm

As I haven't a greenhouse, here's my grow box and my collection of Lithops and other Mesembs I've managed to gather since seeing Terry S on GW.
I can only apologise for the picture quality, it's quite apparent my hand shakes a lot when taking pics :oops:
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The Grow Box
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My Collection So far
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Pleiospilos, Dinteranthus, Tanquana & Aloinopsis/Prepodesma
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Cheiridopsis, Gibbaeum & Schwantesia
My short day plants are the ones in the shoe box :roll:
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Re: My Black Box

Post by rodsmith » Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:59 pm

BryanW wrote:...I can only apologise for the picture quality, it's quite apparent my hand shakes a lot when taking pics...
You need to invest in a tripod. Bryan, or use a fast shutter speed.
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Post by BryanW » Thu Feb 15, 2018 8:19 pm

Rod, I need to invest in a Camera first, those pics were taken on an Amazon tablet :wink:
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Post by rodsmith » Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:14 am

BryanW wrote:Rod, I need to invest in a Camera first, those pics were taken on an Amazon tablet :wink:
Ah right. These things are almost impossible to keep still when taking a photo.
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Re: My Black Box - Updated Pics

Post by BryanW » Fri Feb 16, 2018 4:44 pm

I managed to find out my old HP camera, pics are a lot clearer but still not the best
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Post by BryanW » Fri Feb 16, 2018 4:55 pm

I also took a side view showing the elongated/etiolated Lithops I acquired
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Lithops Elongation
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Post by Tina » Sun Mar 04, 2018 9:31 pm

Thats a nice little set up you have, looking very good.
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Post by BryanW » Mon Mar 05, 2018 5:30 am

Tina wrote:Thats a nice little set up you have, looking very good.
Hi Tina, I think there were around 86 pots in there at the time those pics were taken and about 100 plants.
I should be able to fit in around 200 plants once I get square cornered trays, there's still a lot of unused/wasted space, which the seedlings will fill no doubt.
The way it's going I'll probably have another 2 of those boxes filled by this time next year :lol:

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Post by AnTTun » Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:13 am

Looks more than just good Bryan :)

What kind of light setup you have?
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Post by BryanW » Tue Mar 06, 2018 10:05 am

Hi Anttun,
I currently have 2x 45w LED panels covering the Lithops and an 81w LED strip bar covering the winter plants.
There are 3 aluminium encased power supplies for the lights and all are sitting on an additional heat-sink outside of the box, inside the box there is a fan keeping everything cool.
I paid around 25euros for each panels and about 39euros for the strip.

Since putting the plants under the LED lights they look more healthier than they did on the window sill and some of the Lithops have coloured up more. I have also put some seedlings in there (which I'm using for an alkaline substrate experiment) and they have improved a lot too.
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