I finally got my little sundew tank set up. I don't have many but its a start. I have one spathulata and one adelae (from Ex.G.), one "unidentifed" (d. Homus Depoticus...did I get that right, Ram?), one binata, one filliformis 'tracyii' and one capensis. The binata and filliformis spent 3 weeks in baggies in the mail so when they arrived they were basically black mush. But upon close inspection, I found signs of growth so I planted them and...lo and behold, they started to grow! The capensis spent 5 weeks in a baggie in the mail...but just before I was going to pitch it, i saw a dot of green so I planted that and ....lo and behold again...I now have a teeny tiny capensis 'alba'! Soooo...basically most of what I have is reeeeaaally small.
My main question is similar to Sea's food question...what types of food can I feed them since they are enclosed and can't feed naturally? I'm worried that they won't grow as well never getting bug nutrients. I've seen lots of debates about different things like eggwhite, chocolate, fish foods, etc. So I wanted to know what would be the closest substitute for a real bug? Seems to me I've heard of something called wingless fruit flies?... or something like that. And dried blood worms? If so, where do you get that kind of thing? If there were some kind of reeeal little live bug I could buy, I'd prefer that to something dried...unless it really doesnt matter. Any bug/worm/larvae that is harmful and to be avoided?
Other question is....my filliformis was doing pretty well (considering its mail ordeal). It seemed to be fine with three leaves about 1/2 inch tall. Then day before yesterday when I did my usual "see how much they've grown" check, I was horrified to see two of the leaves had blackened at the base and were obviously dying. When I touched them, they just fell off. There is one leaf left and I'm not too sure it's going to survive. Any suggestions as to what could have caused that??? Rot? Do filliformis not like to be kept as wet as other drosera? Could it have been too humid? One day fine...next day black. [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img] And is there any hope the root might be ok and another plant come up? I'm really upset over this. I've waited a long time to get some drosera and start my tank and I was so excited to get a few things going.
Well, if anybody who is familiar with drosera has any suggestions/tips for keeping them happy and healthy, I'd really appreciate it. It seems the VFTs and neps are most popular, but I really like the sundews. There are many more I want to get.
Sorry this is so long...they never look too long until I actually post it and then I go "oh my god!" lol