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    Probably not. :/ But I could be wrong since I have no idea exactly how much light the bulbs radiate.

    How long have you had the plants?
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    about 2 months

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    The effects and results of etiolation are not immediate. It would be like putting a human in an environment with less oxygen then we breath normally. Eventually you would see some very serious symptoms. Since air travels indoors we are fine but light is severely filtered through a window. UV rays do not penetrate windows which I believe is a strong factor in determining how well the plant does.
    But even with 2 20watt bulbs and a south facing window this is not enough light. I have experimented with growing VFTs indoors. Even with 4 40W T8s the VFTs eventually went downhill. At first they flourished and were bright red, heck they even flowered, but you cant substitute pure sunlight. They grow in full sun out in the wild, not under bulbs so they can take a 'sunburn' if you will. They also can take low humidity, my RH was down to 25% this winter and they grew without a hitch indoors, until they said enough is enough.

    If you still dont think that sunlight is a necessity do the experiment as I suggested, that way you wont have all your eggs in one basket when they go under.
    As Jason stated if you have a place outside put them there but what you can do even if you are in an apt is put them in a hanging flower bed that hooks to your window.

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    Can you tell me more about your lighting system? Are they long fluorescent tubes? If so, are they T12, T8 or T5, and do you have a reflector for them?

    I am almost positive that in the long run, your flytraps will be much better suited to growing outside. 2 months is definitely not enough time to be assured of anything. If you have a camera and could maybe take a few pictures of your plants and grow system, that would make things easier.

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    yeah , there as tall as the top of the tank, about 3 feet. not sure about the T but the bulbs are sunglow bulbs that supposedly give off the same UV rays as the sun.. and i have a reflector over the top

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    You have the issue of dormancy to overcome with the VFT's as well. If these are all in one community planting this is going to be very difficult. Community plantings can quickly lead to rot and if one plant goes you need know about it ASAP. If you don't do something about it before it spreads they will all go down. Not sure what you are using for your terrarium but in a community planting you also have to worry about drainage. Sure you can put a layer of whatever on the bottom to allow water to collect but you also have to make sure none of the plant's roots go down into the drainage layer or they will rot (and trust me, those D. binata ssp. will do that quickly). Also I use different media and different watering regimes for all of my plants so again having such a shotgun spread of CP's in one terrarium may be a little more difficult.

    Not to mention I don't think any of those plants need a terrarium in the first place. Most do just fine with normal household RH.

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    well i plan on taking the vfts out for the winter months.. i just like the idea of having a whole ecosystem of plants thriving together.. where i can drop a bag of crickets or fruit flies and watch them feed on their own.. outside planting in pots just doesn't seem as exciting to me..

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    growing vft's indoors... is not recommended really for anyone, especially beginners... but it is possible to grow them indoors, it just requires MUCH more work than it would to grow them outside... you dont need professional lighting equipment or anything, your just going to need ALOT of light and a really good plan as far as how to deal with dormancy... ( theres no easy way of doing that indoors really )

    so I'm not going to sit here and say its IMPOSSIBLE, i'm just saying for someone new to the game... its improbable that you'd be able to do it succesfully your first try.

    so if there is even the potential that you can grow them happily outdoors than thats what you should do just because its the smarter decision...

    and i'll echo everyone elses concern, you dont want all those things planted together...split em up and work on growing them individually before you try any kind of collective terrarium...

    other than that... welcome to TF

    good luck~!
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