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    I got this D. capensis a few days ago from **********.com, and it's not looking too well. I'm thinking that it could be shock? I put it in a 10-gallon to keep humidity up, and water with distilled via the tray method.

    After being in the terrarium all night, it has sticky dew on it's leaves, but after about 10 minutes of being out of the tank, the dew seems to evaporate. If I leave it out of the terrarium for a bit, will it get used to it and "realize" that it needs to produce thicker dew?

    Also, it seems to have that curly leaf syndrome that was in this post. I checked for aphids and other pests, but found none.
    http://www.**********.com/cgi-bin....t=17152

    Here's a picture of a new leaf opening, but still with the curly leaf thingy.
    http://img13.echo.cx/img13/1701/new5ih.jpg

    Here's a photo of an old leaf.
    http://img35.echo.cx/img35/2925/old4ps.jpg

    Here's the whole plant. Well, more like 3-5 plants. Look at the babys on the left! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img] (why are the smileys amish?)
    http://img35.echo.cx/img35/1376/whole0nx.jpg

    Any reason why these leaves could be curling down like that? If I got a bad tissue culture from **********.com I'm going to be sad. I just want one of those D. capensis that look like they have pink hot-dogs on the ends of them!
    http://home.sdirekt-net.de/mwelge5....BKk.jpg

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    You're from Pennsylvania? So are me, Elgecko, JBL, and a few others. We're all from Southeast PA.

    It could be in shock from shipping. Give it more time and see what the new leaves look like. Are you sure there aren't aphids? There was something on the 35echo pic that looked like it might be an aphid. Give the plant good light. Any leaves that have lost there dew, will likely remain that way. Dew is a function of adequate light.

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    I have never had a problem with aphids on my cps. So I would not know about that. If all the traps died thats to be expected with some plants b/c of the possiblity of radically different set-ups/growling conditions

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    Just checked and no sign of aphids or pests. Must have been a glint off the leaf, or a NINJA-APHID!! There is a stringy looking mold on some parts of the soil though... I'm going to try sprinkling cinnamon on it, and increasing the airflow and light.

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    It worked, and all the mold is gone. And my pot smells nice too!

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    I just added D. capensis to my collection this year so my opinion may not mean much, but your plants do not look that bad to me. I received a ton of them from one of the members here and they looked like yours (some much worse) for a few of weeks. Now they are looking much better. I think yours just need some time, good light, and pure water. Almost every plant I have ever received took at least a two or three weeks and some times two or three months to adjust to their new home. D. capensis have a reputation of being very robust and adaptable plants. They will probably be fine.

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    The tips of my newly emerging traps are turning brown. What may be the cause of this?

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    I thnk increasing light levels would be a good idea, it should eventually adapt though, it may take a while
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