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    As some of you know I have a 10 terrarium and have several plants inside. Do vft's and sundews need the tray method? The trays in my terrarium take up room and by removing them would give more free space in my terrarium. If you do not have trays in your terrarium could you give me some tips on your watering methods. Thanks.

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    well when I had a terrarium I used the tray method for water and humidity. Althouh I just filled the bottom of the terrarium with about 1 inch of water and just left them in there. It doesnt take up any room. And if you have plants that dont want the tray method just stick a pot upside down in there and put the pot on top.

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    I suppose I could fill the tank up about an inch or so. How about the algae? Thanks for the suggestion Sarracenia0. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
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    I've never used terrariums, I've always used the tray method for one and all. If I didn't use the tray and keep water in them the plants would dry up and die in just a few short hours. A 1 gallon bucket of water will dry up completely in just 7-10 days if I don't cover it, and that is in a small room with a humidifier running 24/7/365. Considering the rate that water is lost from the trays I figure that the plants are able to utilize very little of the water used.



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    Quote (Travis @ April 11 2003,01:50)
    I suppose I could fill the tank up about an inch or so. How about the algae? Thanks for the suggestion Sarracenia0. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img][/QUOTE]
    Algea is nothing when compaired to water mold.... Anyhow, let the water evaporate 100% befor refilling, however much you use it should be non-used up for at least 3 days no more then 7. Refill after the terrarium floor is dry for 24 hours (assumeing your air is somewhat humid) (if open) or... I think my closed one is every 3 weeks, but don't quote me on that. Oh yah, and for closed ones, let the pots get saturated in the tray then poor a little puttle on the terrarium floor, put the plants in and close, that keeps the humidity nice and consistent for a while without turning the tank into a cesspool, lol. For my vented terrarium, I treat it like it is closed, but add a puddle every 4-5 days.
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    I am not sure if that would work having water in my tank? The pitchers on my ventricosa are touching the bottom of the tank. Having water sitting in the tank may kill the pitchers prematurely laying on the ground .
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    well I use the tray method for my plants, what I do is take 1 tray large enough for about 4 pots, and make sure all the plants have the same water requirement, such as i put my N. Ventricosa, and 2 N. Ventrata in it, along with one of my mexican butterworts. Then others i get a tray that fits thier pot perfectly, and this can take some time to find the right ones. Hope you have good luck,
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    [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img] I am confused on what to do [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img]. I am thinking of cutting my nep and getting rid of it. It takes up to much room. Since I have the nep in an 8' inch pot and it takes over half of the terrarium.
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