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    It's a Drosera capensis. A media of 50/50 peat/perlite or sand is perfect. Keep it on the tray method for watering. It does not require dormancy and should appreciate the temperatures in your house, though a little warmer wouldn't hurt. As far as I know, it's not a hugely humidity-demanding plant, but it never hurts CPs. It does, however, like a whole lot of light.

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    I am quite impressed with how willing everyone is to help me
    It's what we're here for! Well that and arguing politics every so often! But it's all in good fun.

    I agree looks like a D. capensis should be a easy grower for you, keep it wet with pure water (rainwater, Reverse Osmosis or Distilled). Bright light will make shorter/sturdier leaves, color the dew and maybe even turn the leaves blood red!

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    Quote Originally Posted by swords View Post
    It's what we're here for! Well that and arguing politics every so often!
    Bleh, a debate every now and then is healthy! ^.^

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    They have had visible improvement in the past few days. I currently have them situated in between a south and west facing window with a 90 cri 5000ish k bulb and a CFL in a reflector against the front of the tank. I have lined all the walls that don't get much light input with foil. the humidity in my terrarium has gone up some so now it's hovering at about 33%.

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    Sounds like you're on the right path!

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    Not trying to hijack the thread but was wondering how important air flow is in a terrarium?

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    I'm also still new to this, but here's my take and understanding on airflow.

    Typically speaking, high humidity + high temperatures + no circulation is a recipe for a whole lot to go wrong in the way of mold and whatnot. Air circulation is pretty important, generally, and it can usually be accomplished pretty easily, even by sticking a small fan in it. It doesn't necessarily have to "fresh" air blowing into the terrarium, just so long as the air in it is moving, making it hard for mold spores to get a good foothold. Fresh air, however, is important at some point. Depending on the density of plant mass in the tank as well as the light available, CO2 can drop pretty quick, which plants obviously need.

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    I've actually been wondering about that myself, everything I've read talks about fans on top to dissipate heat, but I figured stagnant air inside couldn't be any good either.

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