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    AMbellina...check out few of my threads:

    I posted full info on how i made my terrarium.

    http://www.terraforums.com/ib312....l=vraev

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    These are all a list of threads basically starting from when I was a worried CPer who was just starting off. You will notice the noobism in the messages . Now i guess I have some confidence that I can grow CP;s.

    VFT's are definately well grown outside..yet I have managed to have some VFT's "tolerate" my measly conditions yet...live without too much stress.

    Thats basically with all the plants you try as well. Try it...there might be a casuality in the process ...but once you get used to it...there iwll be no stopping ... right now I am going to expand my CP limits from only VFT's to nepenthes ventricosa (thanx to the guys and gals here who encouraged me) , a sarr (in dormancy) and a utricularia which is arriving soon thanx to the generous giveaway from lloyd on OCPS.

    As barry rice says...."With alll this advice...just forget it all..and try with what you can do". CP growing is based on trial and error...nothing is set in stone...apart from basic stuff like low nutirent soil, clean water etc..etc.


    BTW>>>from my first thread...REMEMBER...DO NOT BUY PEAT FROM BIG BRANDS LIKE SCHULTZ OR whatever ...just do to local home depot...buy the big bale. I found a small bale from "THE GARDNER" sphagnum 100% peat moss. My plants "live" in it.

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    No, the sphagnum (LFS) doesn't need to be alive; it just makes the terrarium look better if it is.

    Buy quality LFS (e.g., New Zealand, Chilean). It is less stringy and will make the plants happier. You can find good deals on Ebay and if you're uncomfortable with that site, just go to the auctioner's online store and buy from there.

    The "dead" LFS contains spores which will germinate given the right conditions. This will produce live LFS within several weeks to months.

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    With the hose you just run a regular rubber hose down into the gravel layer so you can suck out the excess water. It's better to put the hose there when you put the gravel layer in. If your terrarium is not perfectly level, be sure to put the hose on the lowest side.
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    I was thinking I would run a rubber hose across the bottom in between layers of my media with holes cut in the top of it so that I can still feed from the bottom - has anyone had problems with that?

    Thank you for the links vraev

    I was thinking I might leave a corner with no covering in it, in hopes that excess water would eventually drain there and I could pull it all out with a syringe - will that work?

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    Plants in nature get rained on. don't worry about the hose!

    Carbon will last for 2 weeks. 3 weeks tops. eventually it will leak toxins back into the media. If you don't keep the plants waterlogged and use perlite/sand (and even better yet, keep them potted) you won't need carbon.

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    I don't think toxins will get into the soil if you seperate the two. I've had the same carbon in my terrarium for 2 years with no problems. Just keep it out of the soil and you will be safe.
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    Tamlin would be the man to talk to about the dangers of carbon. He's who I learned about it from

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