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    I would most likely want easier species because i have not done CP before. I would want the bright nice looking plants so it doesn't look boring. Also for the ventilation i could do a glass top or a screen or half and half. What would work best? Thanks

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    I would use the screen top, most of the easy plants can just grow in room humidity. You could probably even put them on your windowsill and they'd do well.

    For tropicals (and CPs in general), Drosera capensis is pretty much agreed on as the easiest plant to grow. There's the typical form as well as broad leaf, 'Albino' (white tentacles), all red, and so on. A lot of the other South African sundews (D. venusta, D. aliciae, D. natalensis, etc.) as well as D. spatulata are also very easy to grow. They all need strong lighting to look good however. Tropical forms of D. binata are very vigorous, but need a ton of light (even more so than the other sundews) or they will look sickly. D. adelae can grow in more shaded conditions than the others, but on the contrary likes to have higher humidity than the others. You can adapt it to lower humidity, but in my experience it doesn't grow quite as well.

    Nepenthes x ventrata, N.x 'Miranda' and N. ventricosa are generally the easiest when it comes to tropical pitcher plants (though wait for others to pitch in, as I'm terrible at growing these), but it depends a lot on your particular conditions - especially temperature and humidity.

    There's a whole slew of easy Mexican Pinguicula (butterworts) - most hybrids and P. moranensis are commonly recommended as easy plants. Of particular note, P. moranensis and some related species don't need to have the succulent summer phase (sort of like a dormancy) that some others need.
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    My opinion is that you're much better off just starting out with everything is separate pots. Sometimes you may have to make adjustments to a single plant (e.g. pest infestation, dividing, etc.) and keeps you from having to disturb the rest of the plants.

    I agree with the plant suggestions above though. Several sub/tropical Drosera and Mexican Pinguicula are suitable for indoor growing...I'm not great with Nepenthes either, but those mentioned do decent for me at least.
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    As I was reading i was thinking if i started with a few in separate pots around the house i would get the feel of things better then throwing them all in a tank. If i may ask is there any threads or videos that has some basic plant care? I was looking around and could not find anything for CP care (although i may have been searching wrong). If someone old link me to something helpful that would be awesome or just give me some basics, water amount, soil, when to replant, daily care, where to put them. Thank you and sorry for all the questions. Just started all of this so i want to get it all right before i start.

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    You could still use the tank, particularly if your ambient humidity is too low.

    I've found this to be a pretty decent site for a lot of the easier Drosera:
    www.growsundews.com/

    I like this one for Mexi Pings:
    http://www.pinguicula.org/pages/cult...pinguicula.htm

    Additionally, ICPS has a ton of cultivation info...
    www.carnivorousplants.org/howto/
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    Hi Nick and welcome to the obsession that is CP growing

    You mentioned LED lights, which did you have in mind?
    You can also look at using Compact fluorescent lights in a terrarium style grow area. I have got a small fish tank converted into a terrarium and using a 65W/4200lumens CFL 6500K and the plants in the tank are growing really well. Had it for just over a year now.

    Remember to get a timer for the lights as well

    Remember that it's a good idea to cover the outside of your grow area with reflective material such as mirrors or Mylar so that no light gets wasted, also helps to prevent intense light from filing the room it's sitting in and might irritate you if you are always busy in that room.

    Another important thing that SubRosa mentioned earlier is Ventilation, I learned the hard way that air movement is really important in these confined spaces or you will get all kinds of nasty unwanted things growing in your tank. I have got a CPU fan which I hooked up to a 9V DC adpater, the fan is actually rated 12V but the lower voltage adapter makes the fan spin slower which is good for my small tank otherwise it dries my tank out to much.

    I have got the following growing in my tank: D. Burmannii(Really awesome species from Australia which grows like a weed!) D. Binata small form(Also grows like a weed), D. Capensis(albino,Typical and wide. Also very weedy), D. Regia(Can be picky if the roots get to hot but my tank never goes above 82F) D. Adelae( I have had a lot of trouble with this species but boosting Humidity really helps!) a few Pygmy species(they also grow quite well) D. Nidiformis( still very small) D. Spatulata(Also grows very well).

    I use my tank for germinating seeds as well and it's always worked like a charm.

    Best of luck!
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    Thanks for all the welcoming

    For the LED i do not know the exact name of the LED's i would use. A fellow frogger sells them so i would most likely ask him which one was brightest and get those. Would you mind linking me to some pics or posting some? I would love to get ideas before i start it. Thank you

    For ventilation i have seen in frog tanks the fans used also i have seen conversion kits used that have a screen mesh on top that lets air flow in and out.

    I have been really liking the D. Binata and D. Spatulata look of CP and i also love pitcher plants but i do not know how that would work.

    One question are the 2 plants listed above hard to start around the house? If i were to plant them in pots and put them by the window would they work? Or are they a lot more work? Thank you all for the help

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    Both D. binata and D. spatulata are nigh indestructible in good conditions. They can both grow in low humidity and don't have any particular needs.

    I have found that D. binata always looks pretty sickly unless you give it tons of light, but I haven't actually seen one die completely from low light. It'll just resprout from the roots, sometimes with extra growth points so feel free to experiment with different places if it doesn't like a particular one. Mine did best outside nis San Diego in full sun, sitting in a few inches of water.
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