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    Thanks for the replies folks. Good to hear the climate won't be too much of an enemy. I think my worry was the heat mores than the winters. Right now I currently have a sarracenia purpurea and a vft growing in a mixture of LFS and horticultural sand, both on the front porch getting about 5-6 hours of full sun per day. We do get an awful lot of insects on our porch at night and the vft seems to catch something in all traps quite often. They look ok but they're both still fairly new. They were the cheap specimens you can find in the plastic cubes at the hardware store. I had developed an interest before buying these but had never seen any CP available locally so I grabbed these as testers when I saw them.

    As far as what kind of CP REALLY interest me... It's actually all of the tropical sundew plants to be honest. Having a display style or nature style terrarium in a 40b or even maybe a 75 gallon with a bunch of Drosera of varying color and shape with a couple vft and smaller pitchers thrown in would be my ideal end game. But...I realize that would require a lot of specialized equipment to flourish and I'm not ready to be that spendy just yet being so new. That's why I'd like to start with a heat tolerant outdoor bog first. I would LOVE to be able to keep some Darlingtonia alongside some sarracenia in the outdoor arrangement eventually.

    And yes I do run an rodi filter and have a decent water making and storage station in my garage. I go through about 50 gallons per week between my saltwater and freshwater tank. Our tap water is even unsuitable for having freshwater plants really thrive. The aquifer our area pulls from is peculiar and has almost zero GH, calcium and magnesium content being below 0.5 ppm, but the KH value is sky high up at about 25 ppm from so much sodium bicarbonate in the aquifer. This also brings the ph way up to about 8.5. SUPER soft water but insanely high ph and salt content. A big no no for a reef tank with KH that high, and plants seem to hate it as well. I use strictly RODI for both tanks, and the freshwater tank gets 4 tbsp of GH booster per week with my 50% water changes. Believe it or not the freshwater tank is infinitely more needy with routine maintenance than the saltwater. I digress.

    Thanks for the suggestions folks. I'll keep my eyes peeled for a large container with character.

    Another question. I don't see it mentioned much. In a large bog garden arrangement, with a reservoir for water retention at the bottom...does that water start to fester and become anaerobic/undesirable over time?


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    The reason you don't see it mentioned is because it's a non-issue. Any water exposed to biological activity without access to oxygen is going to become anaerobic over time, as say a deep sand bed in an aquarium does. However unlike in an aquarium, the only harm likely to come from disturbing anaerobic areas in a bog is to your aesthetic sensibilities regarding odors.
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    Good point makes sense.


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