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Offlinecookiewhore
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lighting + air exchange
    #593598 - 03/30/02 11:17 AM (21 years, 8 months ago)

I've got my air exchange running for 15 minutes every two hours. That means the terrarium exhanges roughly the entire volume on average once an hour. Is this too much ?
Also, how do lighting cycles affect them?
Would it be better to have the lights on the same cycle as the air exchange, ie 15 minutes on, 105 minutes off.? Currently its set to 6 hours on straight time.

BASICALLY:
any disadvantages to having the lights on 15 minutes at a time every two hours? or better to run them straight time?

i realize these are not photosynthetic organisms so light cyles don't really matter. basically, what is sufficient.


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Invisiblepuscle
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Re: lighting + air exchange [Re: cookiewhore]
    #593633 - 03/30/02 11:51 AM (21 years, 8 months ago)

I run my lights 24/7. Your air exchange sounds good.


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Offlinecgrossoman
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Re: lighting + air exchange [Re: cookiewhore]
    #593661 - 03/30/02 12:22 PM (21 years, 8 months ago)

"any disadvantages to having the lights on 15 minutes at a time every two hours? or better to run them straight time?"

just from personal preference I leave my light on for 3 hours spread out between 5-630pm and 8-930pm - and of course they also get some nice sunlight during the day.

they dont need constant light it just shows your mush where to "reach" to grow. but like i said i would personally keep the light constant for hour(s) jsut because i think 15 mins is to short of a time period


on air exchange im not exactly sure because i just fna mine with a cardboard flap


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Offlinecookiewhore
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Re: lighting + air exchange [Re: cgrossoman]
    #593980 - 03/30/02 07:59 PM (21 years, 8 months ago)

yeah, mins automated. hehe, less work. the fan circulates about 3 or 4 times the volume of the container every 15 mins

the humidity only drops from 94% to about 89% in the 15mins.

the lights dont significantly heat it up (they are inside) so i guess they'll stay as-is

What does insufficient air exchange do? produce small guys or what?
is hte 6 hours of constant light enough? (its on in the night time when its generally cooler, so if they increase temp.. its not as drastic)




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