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    I am still trying to figure out how to bring the dew back to the Paradoxas [Edit: actually Drosera paradoxa; species names have two parts (binomial), Genus + specific epithet, and they are singular and plural, just as they are, without any spelling changes]. I was sent 3 that seem to be in suspended animation. No new leaves yet and no dew. One had a big flower spike that survived the trip and continues to grow, but no dew yet. The big plant I had to begin with is dew-less too, but that could also be because it is in flower too. I have them sitting in water in a ten gallon terrarium under two 13 watt CFs. The funny thing is the D. madagascariensis is also in suspended animation. It started to grow again from where it died back to the main stem when I got it, but now it is frozen in time.

    I haven't added foil to the back and sides of the tanks yet. I was going to do that sometimes soon. The tank is also unheated. The lights are in a fish hood and there is an opening in the back of the hood where a filter was supposed to go. Could it be not enough light? There is a falconari [Edit: actually spelled Drosera falconeri] in there too that is growing and has some dew, but not real dewy. It is green with red tentacles. It was red when I got it. So do you think the foil would help that darken up too? Or do I just have too small of lights in the hood? They are bright lights and they plants are sitting about half way up the tank since they are sitting on a rack I put in the tank. Thanks for the help.

    I moved these plants in from the GH because I was afraid the 50's would be to cold for them. Is that wrong thinking? Should I move them back out to the GH where the sun can light them instead of the terrarium?



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    Yeah, I like to keep them warm with enough light as possible.

    Mine are about 3 inches away from 440 watts of VHO so that tells you something Don't be afraid to move them as close to the lights as possible. Petiolarix complex likes it hot anyway.

    Add foil. If your sockets are rated for a higher watt bulb, get the highest you can.

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    Well I cannot put bigger lights into this fixture so I will have to add the foil today. DO you still have those water heaters Clint? I might want to add one to te tank to warm it. I don;t have a thermomoeter in it yet and need one, but I am sure its not warming the tank much.
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    Yep. It's old and discolored but you have have it. Send me your address. (Yeah yeah yeah I know)

    I dont remember what power it is... I got the highest wattage they had so ... yeah. Pretty powerful. Don't let it evaporate all the water.

    It's automatic and has a temp. probe so you can put it in the water and it'll shut off untill the air where the probe is at is hot.


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    Foil all the sides and the bottom and get as many lights on top as you can. Don't bother with a water heater as the hassle is not worth it. If you really want a heater go out and buy one of those reptile heat pads that stick to the outside of the tank and stick it to the side of the tank and not the bottom (and make sure the foil is not between the glass and the heater )

    Both falconeri and paradoxa are pretty robust so they can handle less than ideal conditions.

    As for dewyness. I can not explain it but the best dew production I get when the plants are in minimal water. I basically only have a film of water in my petiolaris tanks and they have more dew on them that way than when I had them with 2" of water.
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    why do i get away with using less light than everyone else? mine is roughly 8 inches from 2 T8's with a piece of plexi between it and the lights and its gone nuts............where did you get yours? it is a pretty easy plant, i killed one but it got crushed. as for D. madigascariensis it can take whatever capensis can......a very hardy SOB



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    He got them from me.

    I've noticed the same thing. I've noticed that some people with less light than I have with plants further away get better dew production.

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    i wasnt refering to dew production..................i seem to get compact nicely colored plants quite a bit farther from the lights tha most ppl can and i havent figured out why........

    was just curious as to where he got the plants cause Jims been sending out quite a few and it seems to me you would be hard pressed to find a sturdier clone but like Pyro said the species in general is a pretty hardy one so i wouldnt worry yet
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