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    I have a small (but incredibly fast growing) colony of D. burmannii in a fish bowl terrarium, just chillin' under a single 23 watt compact flourescent bulb, lovin' every second of it. Before I continue, you must understand that the reason I pursued getting this plant into my collection is because of its alleged super-quick moving tentacles. Until this point, the plants have been too small to feed. Very recently I decided that they were big enough to start feeding...FEED ME SEYMOUR! FEED ME NOW!

    ...Sorry, I got carried away there. I think I played "Little Shop of Horrors" one too many times [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img] Anyways, I decide to feed my little sundews some bugs, and...how do I say this...WOW! You can actually see the tentacles move in towards the prey, and it's not slow. Just amazing to see in action. Here I was thinking that D. scorpiodes was the fastest in my collection. Boy was I wrong! Yes, that plant is very fast at overpowering an insect, but I think it comes in at a close second to D. burmannii.

    Dang, just when I think I have a permanent favorite sundew, one of my other sundews comes along and does something incredible like this. Ah, the rough life of a CP grower [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smilie4.gif[/img]

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    My burmannii is still too small to feed it, my byblis is younger than the burmannii and already it has 15 leaves :P

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    My D.burmanii are almost big enough to feed--can't wait.
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    You're going to love it - TRUST me! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/cool.gif[/img]

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    How big does burmanii have to be before it can be fed?

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    The byblis is hogging all the sunlight :P and I think I see a flower stalk forming, I hope it is [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]. Can the flower stalk also digest insects?

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    I think I'll have to try getting some of those... burmanii seems to be so popular around here...
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]How big does burmanii have to be before it can be fed?
    I think my plants were around a month to a month and a half old when I started feeding them. I'm sure you can feed them before that, but the bugs would have to be VERY small.

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