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    okay, now onto future plans for the terrarium. i want to have a few sundews and one or two nepenthes. will this work? what can i expect for prices on relatively easy to maintain species? and where would i attempt to buy these little guys anyways? lol oh and mitch, dont apologize for implying that i was dumb. i think you should assume anyone on the internet is dumb until proven innocent.. err.. intelligent. aaaanyways, keep the info coming, im soaking it up like a sponge. a japanese sponge.:blues:

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    OH, and i want to use some other kind of moss or ground-hugging plant than the LFS if possible.. i want a more natural, attractive look. maybe something with a more vibrant green color? would those tiny tiny clover things work?

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    Hey Taka, welcome to the forums. Activated charcoal for potting mixes is sold by companies like Scott's and you can typically find it next to sand and gravel and other soil additives in the gardening section. It's used to absorb and neutralize chemical impurities in the soil.
    Dried sphagnum is kind of ugly, but if you keep it wet for a few months it will grow into beautiful, lush green live sphagnum (or, if you're lucky, it'll grow into red sphagnum, which is particularly striking.) You can also get some strands of live sphagnum from a forum member here (I'd be glad to contribute some.) Just a few two-inch strands of the live stuff can fill a terrarium in a year or so, judging by how fast mine grows.
    Don't use clover because you'll never, ever be able to get rid of it. If you want a weedy ground cover for your terrarium, get a bladderwort or a pygmy sundew. Or someone could supply you with some D. capensis seed - D. capensis, the cape sundew, is a very prodigous weed of a CP that grows about 6 inches tall; the seed is always in great abundance here on the forums. I think that's a D. capensis in LleopardGgecko's avatar photo there.
    So far as other plants go, you can get a lot of stuff by sending SASEs (self-addressed stamped envelopes) to folks on the forums. I could give you a bunch of sundew seeds, both indoor and outdoor species. Pygmy sundews often come up on the trading forum as well, because every year each one produces dozens of little baby sundews. Bladderworts are also available readily on the forums, and although you don't see much carnivorous action - bladderworts trap things in the dirt - they do put up big shows of flowers, which is a nice treat occasionally. They also control some gross (but mostly harmless) stuff that likes to live in the soil, like fly larvae. Butterworts are another option - I have some P. lusitanica that does very well in an undrained pot and goes to seed all the time.
    Common, easy varieties of these plants (sundews, bladderworts, and butterworts) are very cheap retail, like $5 for a small plant, and because many of them reproduce readily, they're also available for free or trade on the forums. Most established growers have more seed/plantlets/seedlings than they can care for, and are happy to give them away to beginners. Larger, longer-lived varieties like Nepenthes and the other pitcher plants are the expensive items. But, still, many of the common Nepenthes like N. sanguinea, ventricosa or alata are readily propagated and shouldn't run you any more than $10 for a small plant suitable for your purposes. Someone might even be willing to give you a cutting to get started.
    If you decide to buy a plant, buy it from a vendor that specializes in carnivorous plants - hardware store plants are often in poor health and are bound to die on you. If you do find some hardware store plants, don't take them home unless they're very healthy looking or you can talk the clerk into selling them to you for cheap... and don't feel discouraged if they die. I personally prefer to buy from CP vendors, because I don't have to worry about how the plant was cared for before I recieved it - I know it was watered correctly and not potted in bad soil. You'll often get a fairer price as well. That said, I would advise that you buy small plants as opposed to large specimens of the same species, because your terrarium will fill up fast and the plants will undoubtedly get much bigger. And besides, the more expensive your plant is, the more you'll kick yourself if it croaks. Wiser to buy a bunch of plants and find the ones that you can grow well.
    If you want to grow a Nepenthes, keep in mind that most of them like well-drained soil that is airy and not waterlogged. Maintaining them in a planted terrarium can become difficult because terrariums tend to have a water table at the bottom of the substrate. If you want pitcher plants in your terrarium, you could get some small orchid baskets and pot them with sphagnum. Orchid baskets are perforated on the sides to allow air to flow into the soil, and with a little time you can get your ground cover to grow out of the sides of the basket, disguising it. Some people dig holes in their terrariums and sink pots into them for the same reason - a plastic dish sunk into the soil could keep your Nepenthes' roots a little on the dry side while the rest of the tank gets as wet as it needs. Another option is to build up one side of the terrarium with an airy mix for the Nepenthes, making sure that it's deep enough that the plant's roots won't be submerged in the water table.
    These topics come up a lot, so if you dig around in the greenhouse forum here, I'm sure you can find more in-depth advice. If Nepenthes have caught your eye, you should start looking at the Nepethes thread, too, as Nepenthes can be picky about their conditions. Don't let that dissuade you, though; once your pitcher plant has settled into it's home, it should thrive as long as you give it adaquate water and constant conditions. You just need to learn their quirks first. And remember, there's no saying you have to get them all now - start with a few easy plants and get on your feet, because before you know it you'll have more than you can care for.
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    By the way Taka, I have the section up on my website about where you can buy CPs, so be sure to check it out...

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    woooowww seedjar joe, thank you very much, i believe you just cleared up a few things for me and gave me a better perspective on this whole CP business.

    And lleopardggecko mitch, thanks so much, im thinking of maybe buying some CPs from the link on ur website. those sundews look tasty.

    im probably going to go see what everyone has to offer in terms of sundews and stuff in the other sections, but if anyone happens to read this and has some CP they can give up for a relatively low price, id be very grateful.

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    Oh, and seedjar joe, ill have a drainage layer in the terrarium so there will be no excess water in the substrate. ..hopefully

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    Ideally, yes, but once you've become accustomed to the various chores of attending your plants, you'll likely tire of checking the water levels every day and draining the terrarium when you accidentally overwater it.
    Sundews, bladderworts and many butterworts prefer fairly wet soil during some or all of the year. Most of the ones you'll begin with come from bogs or meadows where the water table comes nearly to the surface of the soil. Nepenthes, on the other hand, recieve relatively equal amounts of water all year and grow in airier mixes. They are watered by daily precipitation and their roots are rarely in contact with standing water for any extended period of time. Obviously, there is a conflict of interest here. There are some varieties of Nepenthes that live in wetter conditions - I think there's at least one species that lives in boggish conditions specifically and is fine with wet roots. But you'll need to do your research to find an appropriate plant. It will probably be easier if you just make a little hill in the back of the tank for your Neps and fill that with a good, airy mix for them. It will be less trouble than you think. Or you can just sink the pots that your Neps come in into the soil - that way they can easily be pulled free in the event that they don't take to your conditions.
    I grow all my Neps in two terrariums with dried LFS on the bottom, about an inch thick. There's some live LFS, aquatic bladderworts, and Drosera prolifera running loose in there too. My Neps are in pots, resting on jar lids and small tupperware containers, so that they're just about at the water line of the terrariums. I water them mostly by misting them daily with a spray bottle. When enough water accumulates, the water line touches the pots of the Neps and the excess water is wicked into the growing medium.
    I'm hoping that, over time, the live LFS and other things in the terrarium will grow tall enough to hide the base of the pots and give it a sort of natural look, like pots resting on the ground. I can post a picture later if you're interested in seeing how it works, but only with the disclaimer that my plants are still recovering from my roommate caring for them (or not caring for them, as it would be) over the week that I went out of town.
    If you can find it, get a copy of Peter D'Amato's "The Savage Garden." It has everything you need to know to get started. Also, there are some websites you should take a look at. Barry Rice's CP FAQ is an important read, and there's a good primer on Nepenthes in his 'FAQ Library.' Take what he says lightly; Barry can be a little disparaging at times but I've never gone wrong with his advice. Neps Around the House, Neps for Everyone, and Nep University are all good reads by experienced forum members, with indices of the various Nepenthes species to help you choose appropriate plants.
    Best luck,
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    thanks mr. seedjar once again. Yes, as i explained to lleopardggecko before u joined the thread, i will have a tall hill in the back, so i guess my plan will naturally work out for my possible future neps. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img] your personal info and guidance is awesome and so is the additional info sources you listed. muchas gracias, thank you very much, arigatoo gozaimasu. i now have enough "stuff" to actually build the life-less terrarium and monitor the humidity and temp, so ill post a pic soon.

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