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Name: Erika
Kenosha, WI (Zone 5b)
Dec 26, 2017 12:17 AM CST
Last question for a while, thanks to everyone that has helped me thus far :)

I took some plantlets off of my spider plant and potted them in plastic 3" pots. The pots have large drainage holes on the bottom and paper towel under the pots to absorb any excess moisture. The mix they're in is 1/3 seed starting, 1/3 peat moss and 1/3 perlite. All three are Miracle Grow brand. They are under a LED Grow bulb in a 8" reflector/lamp, and they're in a 10 gallon fish tank to try and keep the humidity up and protect them from my cats. There is a screen top for air circulation.

My first question is, how many hours of light should they be getting? I potted them on Thursday December 21 and at the moment I have the LED lamp set on a timer with 16 hours on, 8 hours off. Is this too much light? I don't want them to get leggy but I do want them to grow roots as quickly as possible so they're not so fragile.

My second question is how often should I be rotating the tank since only 1/2 the tank gets sunlight at a time due to extremely limited space and lack of windows (mobile home).

This is the bulb they are under:

*side note* There are 16 little plants in there, if it makes a difference. Ideally I am planning on putting 3-4 of them together in bigger pots when they've got established roots this spring/summer.

Pic of my setup. Thanks again to anyone that responds!
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Name: Christine
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Dec 26, 2017 7:17 AM CST
What a great set up, your babies look awesome Thumbs up I think you can cut back on "the time on" to 8-10 hours.. Your doing everything right nodding My cats love my spider plant too, I have it on the top shelf of my plant stand, I won that battle Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: greene
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Dec 26, 2017 8:20 AM CST
The setup looks beautiful. Thumbs up
The only thing I would change would be to get rid of the paper towels as they may actually wick moisture away from the pots. Maybe use some of that perforated shelf liner? I don't know what it's called. That way the excess water can drain away from the pots and as it evaporates it will create a slightly more humid environment inside the tank.

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Name: Will Creed
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Dec 26, 2017 1:44 PM CST
It looks like you have done everything right! 16 hours of light is not too much. You have properly put your plants in small pots so the risk of soil staying too moist due to some water runoff is minimal at worst. I don't think the paper towels are either necessary or a problem.

The sooner you combine plants the easier it will be. My preference is to put multiple plants together in the same pot from the outset.
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