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    Quote Originally Posted by Clint View Post
    That lamp is practically nothing. If you want something that WILL grow well under it, D. adelae would do well. If that's incandescent, change it to CF.

    You can't fit a 20 gallon aquarium in your dorm? I'm going to college this august and even I can fit a 24L x 18W x 24T enclosure in the dorm comfortably. Add a couple of PC's or T5's and you'll have a very nice terrarium that you can grow a decent variety in.

    I can fit a 30 watt bulb into that lamp. However, I currently have a 15 watt bulb in there. I used to have a Nepenthes Ventricosa (RIP) that grew nicely under it.

    I also need to see if my future dorm will have a sunny window in addition to the lamp.
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    30 watts is nothing, plus a CF has restrike and a desk lamp has a POS "reflector". Your nepenthes may not be dead had you not been using a desk lamp. The only way a Nepenthes would work is if it was very small and the light would be practically on top of it. That won't last long at all.

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    BTw, this video explains where I got my carnivorous plant:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bwzw...eature=related
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    that pot you've got it in looks humongous for a cape. no such thing as too big I guess... but sweet gentle jesus...

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmm889 View Post
    that pot you've got it in looks humongous for a cape. no such thing as too big I guess... but sweet gentle jesus...
    that pot will me full in no time. and the solution for low humidity is sphagnum moss. it helped mine at least.

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    Thirty watts becomes more if you get a compact florescent. A 100 watt equivalent draws...23 watts , I think. Anyways, the plant will let you know if that is not enough.
    The soil looks...like a peaty mix that was not wettened enough, though. However, a capensis will tolerate that, lol. Is that one growing on the side of the pot in the water?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Griffin View Post
    Thirty watts becomes more if you get a compact florescent. A 100 watt equivalent draws...23 watts , I think. Anyways, the plant will let you know if that is not enough.
    The soil looks...like a peaty mix that was not wettened enough, though. However, a capensis will tolerate that, lol. Is that one growing on the side of the pot in the water?


    The soil is a mix of peat and sand, with a dressing of peat around the base of the plant. Those are a couple of leaves a clipped off and I'm hoping that placing them in the water will allow some plantlets to grow.
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    i think it should have enough water if the bottom container is that full. I put aquatic sand on the surface of my pots and it always looks dry, but just underneath, it is soaking wet. And yeah, as upper said, that pot is perfect. The deeper the pot is, the further down the roots can go. You'll end up w/ a much larger cape than one that's roots are "cramped" in a smaller pot.

    As for what setup to use- although people are telling you to change your entire setup, I'd give your setup at least a week and then check how its doing. If it starts declining in health, obviously make some changes. But if your nep did fine and the cape still has red tentacles and is shooting out new growth, I see no reason why you should change anything.

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