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    Personally, having built long term ponds (a bog, minus the dirt), and "bog filters", I would not use a kiddie pool as a liner unless you want this to be temporary or plan on moving or redoing it in a year or so. My personal preference would be to use a layer of sand, a barrier (threaded plastic tarp will do), and then EPDM. That, or I'd use a prefab pond. Kold Ster-il, RO, rainwater, buy water, it's not going to fall into your lap (unless it's raining). Pick your poison on that end. Right now, I go through 1 gallons/week with a terrarium, a Nepenthes, and an odd CP here and there, that includes misting, and misting my 30some bonsai (the bonsai get watered with tap water). A bog in the sun will gor through substantially more. I'd look into a water purification system, JMO.

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    The cheapest option for a liner that's durable in the long term is probably a concrete mixing tub from Home Depot or Lowes. They're 3' x 2' x 8" and made from UV-resistant ABS - at $11 or $12, you can't really beat them for price. But, deeper containers are better if you can get them. A preformed plastic liner that fits in a half-whiskey-barrel planter is about $25.
    One thing you might want to look into is Crissytal's under-media reservoir trick: http://terraforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=112574
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    Major kudos to crissytal on that one (didn't want to post in the thread). It's so elegantly simple and ingenious. Awesome invention that I will DEFINITELY use, I am sure, at some point in the future.

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    Ok thanks I have gotten some really good info so far. But that doesn't mean for people to stop giving me good info. Thanks

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    -the only extra info i would have to add is ... plan your bog... then before you start digging.. make it twice as big.

    -like i said in my other post about my bog.. the reservoir idea (from crissytal) seems to be working great for me so far. Though we have had so much rain this month, i am using it to pump some of the water out to let the media flush a little. I think the big benefit will come into play in the winter, where i will be able to keep the media a bit dryer so that i can avoid any rot. In the long run, it will be interesting to see if it also keeps the media from getting to stagnant as well, but that will be years off.

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    With the extra drainage, Nevermore, I think you'll see the peat get exhausted long before it gets stagnant. That is, if you have VFTs in it. If it's just Sarracenia and Drosera you probably won't notice at all.
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    Hey Joe, what do you mean by "exhausted"?

    What's the difference of the vft and sarrs in regards to the media (besides that the vft like it a bit less water logged for a long time

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    VFTs are sensitive to the age of the media they're in. Apparently the derive some critical nutrient from fresh peat, and after two or three years in artificial conditions, growth slows down unless the peat is replaced. (I'm guessing leaf litter, detritus and soil composition provides these nutrients in the wild.) Sarracenia are more tolerant in this regard. Although, I also understand that Sarracenia appreciate the occasional gentle root fertilization, so there seems to be some slight disparity there. Perhaps pitchers just catch so much more than clap-traps that Sarracenia can save up and be more tolerant of really nutrient-poor conditions... that would certainly make sense given their much greater distribution compared to VFTs.
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