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    About how much wattage is required for sundews? I'm assuming that the correct term is "wattage" [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

    I have seen some tanks with 20W tubes included quite cheaply. Will 20W be enough?

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    i dont think so, you have to ask Cindy or guqin.
    i think that has been discussed before but i cant find the board.
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    I'll recommend 2X 35W PL (daylight) tubes coz the intensity is higher, best is that it has E-ballast.
    The timer is for the lights.
    Humidity is usually high in a terrarium, so i dont think u will need a humidifier.
    Anyway, I find it rather costly to maintain, I used to have such a setup.
    Natural sunlight is still the best.

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    what does a timer do?
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    It lets you let the lights turn on and off automatically (or anything really), at adjustable times. You don't have to turn the lights on and off every day, and it makes for more consistent light exposure, too.

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    Vistary, why do u say it's expensive to maintain? The electricity bills or some other hidden cost?

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    My mistake in my earlier post, it should b 35 W PL not 15W

    ebeyonder: y i found it costly was because i used it to grow VFT; n since its VFT, it requires high intensity light. I used a 35W PL for my 2ft tank initially n most of them didnt survive; i later added another 35W, they were able to put out a few leaves, but were small n the plants seemed stunted; the worst thing was that the red akai ryu i got turned completely green!!
    so overall its not rewarding after having spent so muc money on the setup and its maintainence(70 W of power for 12hrs) and not getting the desired results.
    Sunlight is still better since it has a diverse wavelengths, of which PL doesnt. moreover, its free =)

    But i think PL lights r more suited to sundews, which i used to grow too.

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    I see... I'm using the terrarium for sundew seedlings mainly. I can't put them out in the sun cos the rain will wash the seedlings away, and I haven't got a sunny windowsill.

    A tank's also good cos stray cats keep coming into my house and I'm afraid that they'd dig up the seedlings one day [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img]

    Can anyone recommend a suitable wattage for sundews? I'm going to get the ballast and stuff from the shop guqin recommended after my exams.

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