After a few months of a serious green water problem, some more experienced aquarist friends suggested installing a UV sterilizer. I don’t know very much about aquariums generally, but from what others have said and from a little research I’ve done, there aren’t any big downsides to using the sterilizer. The appliance “utilizes a germicidal fluorescent lamp that produces light at a wavelength of approximately 254 nanometers (2537 Angstroms). … As the light penetrates the bacteria/algae, it mutates the DNA (genetic […]
The Oregon Orchid Society hosted their annual show in Portland this past weekend and the selection of plants, both for show and sale, were fantastic! Ecuaflora and Ecuagenera were representing Ecuador, and there was a vendor from Peru as well. Emerald City Orchids, Greg Neilson, Stephanie Willis, and many orchid society members were also present. As an added bonus of being a member, I got to go in a bit early to scope things out. Having only gone to Orchid […]
This small bowl houses Drosera capensis and Dionaea muscipula. I’ve bought venus fly traps many times and never been able to keep them alive (they rot and turn brown after a few months) but this one seems to be doing well. This bowl sits 5-6″ beneath a Sunlight Supply single tube LED for 13 hours a day. I water them with distilled water every other day. Sphagnum can be a weed in many scenarios, choking out smaller Bryophytes, Marcgravias, and […]
These account for most of the species in my collection currently, excluding utter NOIDS. Here is a list of species I am searching for. Aciotis acuminifolia Acranthera sp. Borneo Aloe variegata Aloinopsis schooneesii Alluaudia procera Alsobia dianthiflora Andinia micropetala Andinia nummularia Andinia schizopogon Angraecum aporoides Anthurium corrugatum Anthurium forgetti Anthurium gracile Anthurium pentaphyllum ‘bombacifolium’ Anthurium sp. Chirique Grande Anthurium sp. Colombia
Returning from Richard’s Greenhouse with two flats and three grocery bags filled with plants requiring high humidity, I had to quickly scrounge to find space for them all. One of the ferns even got a little droopy during the 30-minute drive home. The terrarium they ended up going in was meant for glassfrogs (on the right). Here it is next to the Ranitomeya biolat terrarium. They both have cork backgrounds, which made it easy to mount the new plants. Despite its messyness, […]
Richard Van Ingen was kind enough to let my partner and I stop by for a greenhouse tour and some plant shopping last weekend. It was definitely a high point this winter! The greenhouse is a massive 1500 sf and 52×30 (about 400 sf bigger than our house…) He did a lot of the greenhouse construction himself, and if I remember right just hired an electrician and someone to lay the foundation. He did the plumbing and a lot of […]
As a collector, of information and plants, there is often an urge to organize, to categorize and put like plants with like plants (both informationally and physically). This is one such time where it backfired, certainly not the first, and definitely not the last. Most of my Selaginella species are only subtly different to my non-expert eyes, and now they are even more disorderly and difficult to distinguish (yes, there are pots in there, under that mess). At least they […]
I found this Ranitomeya uakarii tadpole dangling from a Costus amazonicus today. I’m not sure how it ended up here as I check the tank daily and this tadpole looks to be about 10 days old. My best guess is that this Costus grows so fast, the egg was laid in a newly formed leaf and then the leaf unfurled and the egg ended up at the newly horizontal leaf tip. But, no way to know for sure!