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    Quote Originally Posted by robthered View Post
    I did the dry ice thing for thrips. worked really well. Did three bombs of the tank and never saw another bug. Plus the plants loved the extra CO2. Just make sure you do the bombing while the lights are on.
    Two things:
    1) Where can I buy dry ice and how expensive would it be?
    2) Why would the lights need to be on?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfn View Post
    Two things:
    1) Where can I buy dry ice and how expensive would it be?
    2) Why would the lights need to be on?
    You can buy dry ice in beer distribution places Its pretty cheap.
    Not sure about CO2 and lights. Maybe to heat the chamber up and expand the gas to fill the entire terrarium?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfn View Post
    Two things:
    1) Where can I buy dry ice and how expensive would it be?

    2) Why would the lights need to be on?

    - You'll have to look around in your area. I live in Montreal, QC and I can get it at a supply store for 4 bucks a KG. It's pretty cheap. I used about 20 bucks worth to bomb my tank 3 times and still had some left over in the end.

    - Because the plants benefit from CO2 while they;re doing photosynthesis. IF you do it at night when the lights are off there is a chance you can suffocate them. When I bombed my tank, I had to also bomb some other plants I had around it. I placed them in a cooler and poured the CO2 vapor into it and then sealed it overnight. Some plants showed signs of stress and leaf damage. The ones I did in my highland tank i did during the day while the lights were on and they were fine and actually showed more growth after bombing them.
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    You might also check local ice cream or frozen yogurt stands. I live by a fairly large one, and always get quite a bit for free when I ask for it every time I get ice creak there.

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    Would you repot after the CO2 bomb? If the ants are nesting in the pots, and you bombed it, wouldn't you then have a bunch of dead and decaying ants in your soil? That probably can't be good for the plants...
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    Quote Originally Posted by UnstuckinTime View Post
    Would you repot after the CO2 bomb? If the ants are nesting in the pots, and you bombed it, wouldn't you then have a bunch of dead and decaying ants in your soil? That probably can't be good for the plants...
    There are dead insects in wild soil so I dont think you have to worry about this. Plus when you water the plants it'll flush the soil out.
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    very intriguing thread. almost wish i had this problem so i could work out the solution.
    I like the sound of dry icing those suckers :]

    PS: just be happy they arent farming aphids!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NewspaperFort View Post
    very intriguing thread. almost wish i had this problem so i could work out the solution.
    I like the sound of dry icing those suckers :]

    PS: just be happy they arent farming aphids!
    guess i should watch what i wish for!
    so, i have noticed ants all over my outdoor sarracenia tank, inside and out, inside and out the pitchers as well. is there potential for a serious ill-effect from this, or is really the only concern that they are thefting food
    and will they catch the ants like nepenthes would? and they successful now only because the plants are all dormant?
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