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    I need a large crop of pitchers

    I need to make my five foot tall ventrata deliriously happy.

    I don't have the space or lighting to bring it in the house, and my greenhouse is really a "warmhouse" that gets down to 50-ish degrees in the winter. I need to check what's in there, but I think my best option is to raise the temp on the heater, or even plug in the oil heater next to the Nep.

    Besides keeping it warm, is there anything else I can do for it?

    How about a mercury vapor lamp that was giving my dragon eye problems. Last I heard, neps don't have corneas....
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    superhigh humidity maybe ?
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    That would certainly help. I don't know how to do that without buying something. I guess I can try to go in there each morning and spray it down, but I'm already running late each day.
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    cover it in plastic and place a bucket of water below it ?
    Or make some kind of rain with a cheap pond pump ?
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    I wish I had a pump, I'd make a wet-wall. Like a swamp cooler, but without the cooler.

    Maybe I just need to fork it over, and buy a pump. It's a possibility, after a couple paychecks.

    ~Edit~

    Wait! I have a lifetime supply of buckets and rope. I bet I can even dig up a couple cheek blocks. I will rig up one bucket full of teensy holes, and hang it over another bucket. Re-fill as needed. Genious!
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    You can place a large tub of water near the heater. That will raise the humidity. The mercury vapor lamp would raise it some but such a small light might not do anything either. Plus the blub might not take high humidity too well. It's funny that the mercury vapor lamp is giving your lizard eye problems? I use a mercury vapor lamp in all my reptiles cages. They last the longest and have the best UV output of most lamps. What kind of eye probelms is he having? When my cham's have eye problems it's a shedding issue from too low humidity. I have a tropical spray I use or I will wipe the eye with a wet q-tip until the offending piece of skin is removed. I have never had eye issues with the dry climate reptiles I have. It's also possible the eye problem stems from an injury (bug in eye) and not the lamp. Anyway my two cents.
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    I could never make my ventrata happy during the fall/winter months. It almost always stopped pitchering for me I think because I could not give it enough light for it's massive size.

    I grew it outside during the summer and it pitchered fine in low humidity. Pitcher sizes suffered, but it did pitcher in lower humidity and higher amounts of light.

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    It's a Zilla 100 watt MVB. It was causing a form of sunburn on the eyes called photoketoconjunctivitis. It's what you get when you go skiing without your UV sunglasses. It feels like you have sand in your eyes. After I switched to a florescent with a better UV spread the problems went away.

    Yeah, that bulb will do better in a terrarium.
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