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Mist King misting times and frequencies ?
#1
What's your misting timer set at? How long and how many times per day?

Just rough estimates. Nothing scientific.
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#2
I run 18 heads for 30 seconds 4 times per day across 12 vivs on my mistking. All vivs are actively vented so I need more water than normal. I've had good success with variable vent sizes and active air flow targeting 80% RH with these timings. All my plants dry between misting and my glass is clear. If your vivs are buttoned up then my timings are way too high.
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#3
I have over 32 vivs that have quads, doubles or single mist nozzles on a timing schedule of 10 seconds, three times a day.

I have passive vents on all my tanks but they are covered about 90%. I maitain great humidity, even though I am in AZ where it is very dry. I have a split level cooling system dedicated to the frog room with a ceiling fan running at slow speed 24/7.

I honestly believe that people are overmisting our vivs. Some are too wet. Wet vivs can lead to bacterial infections, foot rot ( especially in Terribilis) and rotting of plants esp bromeliads. Plants need a time to dry out , yet still have high humidity in the viv. I find that my mist king schedule helps the broms to not rot and stay functional but yet still maintain high humidity to promote breeding, especially for pumilio.
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#4
Indeed, on the too wet! We are seeing a lot, I mean a Lot of newbs trying to make 'swamp' and mangrove coastline first vivs. Hard to fathom where they are getting this.
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#5
I'm currently misting (mistKING-ing?) 3 times/day for 15 seconds. Internal circulation fan on the display viv is timed to shut off during the misting, and I have passive ventilation on EVERY viv.
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#6
My 3 vivs, 1 is active vented others have passive air flow, 5 heads. They all maintain 80-90%RH. Schedule:
Monday - Friday - 30 sec. x 2, with 2 hour interval mid day.
Saturday - 30 sec x 3, with 4 hour intervals.
Sunday - 30 x 1 in the evening.
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#7
Looks like the longest misting time is 30 seconds. Anyone use a longer time?
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#8
I know of a well designed collection that is hooked up to a RO system. All of the tanks are fully plumbed to take away waste water. Occasionally the misting system is allowed to run for 30 minutes or more at a time. This is essentially a "cleaning cycle" that washes away waste and more accurately represents rain.
There has also been some careful consideration to ventilation and each tank has a variable speed fan installed in a re-circulation box that can be adjusted to allow fresh air to enter the tank.
It is a very effective setup.
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I think we talked about that collection Chris. I'd like to see that before I move back down south.

That's a rain cycle. Very interesting. Wonder how computerized that whole shebang is? I'd like to control and activate all the procedures from my smartphone.
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