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    Quote Originally Posted by Aionios View Post
    ...The ice pack I placed into the tank last night brought the temps down to about 68F so I'm not sure if that's good enough...
    You might want to bring it down more. These plants expect nightly temperatures to drop to about ten degrees Fahrenheit lower than the daytime temperatures, i.e. about sixty degrees if the day is seventy degrees. (At least, based on my carnivorous plant reading, they do. Yet another thing I need to get--a copy of The Savage Garden.)
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    Hahaha I hear ya on attempting to cut a tank. It was nerve wracking enough to drill overflows into some of my larger aquariums.

    What you might want to consider is putting the fan on top and having it blow outside of the terrarium, essentially create an exhaust fan. Leave a slight crack on the opposite side of the fan. This creates a negative vacuum and causes fresh air to be pulled through the opposite side. This also decreases the air movement, sometimes fans can be too fast for the plants. Sounds like you're off to a good start though!

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    I have never found the need for a night time temp drop with Heliamphora.... that is mostly tribal knowledge.
    While it may be beneficial, it is definitely not required.

    I do recommend not letting temps exceed 78f... while they can grow in temps higher than that, failure rates rise dramatically.

    If that is nutans "giant" (likely) you will outgrow that tank in a year...

    Welcome to the world of Heliamphora

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    Quote Originally Posted by Av8tor1 View Post
    I have never found the need for a night time temp drop with Heliamphora...
    They don't need it? Well, that's a relief! I don't relish the thought of lugging my terrarium with my Nepenthes fusca and my soon-to-arrive Heliamphora minor down to my (much cooler) basement every night.

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    packing a tank around, adding and removing ice packs, sticking plants in fridge.... if you have to do this you need to redesign your setup or grow different plants IMHO.

    unless you are much more dedicated than I

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    careful though, just because I don't find it required doesn't mean others don't...
    maybe if the plant is exposed to high daytime temps, yada yada yada...

    don't think in absolute terms....

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    Butch is right, I grew my plants in extremely high light with a substantial night drop but with low humidity and temperatures that sometimes spiked over the mid-80s and the plants were slow as. It seems consistency is what they call for more than anything: low temperatures, high light, high humidity. Everything else is almost trivial compared with other genera.

    The color on my plants looked great with the former method, but growth was just too inconsistent to continue with it. My Heliamphora are now sitting in a terrarium with my cuttings and seem to be taking life a little easier.

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    Okay...So, do the temperature drop ONLY WHEN NECESSARY. Got it.

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