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    I feed my purp way too much... Its like the trash bin for extra bugs I cought... Anyhow, that is probably the reason right there, and I"ll stop, but I was jsut wondering, are they supposed to stink?! Also, there is skin growing on the surface of the water.... ugh... Is that because of too many bugs? Will it stop stinking once its done??? PLEEEEASE do!

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    They sink but don't stink, at least I've never smelled anything foul [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] Your purp needs a diet!

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    Yeah, you might want to starve it for a little while. I'm sure the skin is a bacteria: probably what's contributing to the smell. I'd empty the pitcher and rinse it out.

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    That skin is technically called a "bio-film" and is likely composed of both bacteria and fungi. It is indeed the source of the stink. Sarracenia is probably right that you should wash it out, but be careful not to splash it around too much and wash you hands afterwards. Bio-film can be the source of some pretty nasty diseases like Legionnarie's.

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    I did that to mine too, did not cause any problems though, the plant seemed to handle it just fine, but you did not want to get your nose around it!

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    Actually I think you should leave it. The one's out in the bogs around here are REALLY stinky after about a weeks old! They mostly catch slugs and flies which really stink up the water. I almost always get a slight smell off of Purp water. So i'd leave it as it is benifiting the plant, but if it starts to eat through the pitcher clip it and ditch it.

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    Its not like SO malodorous that you cant come in my bedroom or anything, Its just when you get so close you could almost take the juice as a shot that you really smell it...

    Will it go away though? I dont care either way I suppose... I am somewhat reluctant to empty it tho... I JUST repoted it so I dont want to do it again... I think i'lll tamp the dirt a bit tho, just to make sure of all that root contact stuff... Mine is like, sand, perlite, and peat...

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    You can probably just scoop the bio-film out w/ a spoon, then disinfect your spoon and hands afterwards.

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