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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Brian_W @ Oct. 19 2005,2:11)](there's a good reason why cobra lillies are Jimscott's nemesis!).
    That's only if I put them in that stream, followed by a 3" rain storm. I don't do that anymore. I just grow the one I have as Tony suggested. It's doing very well, cultivated like a Nep in a hanging basket. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

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    Quote[/b] ]I've also heard of cultivated Neps growing well in soils completely absent of peat or LFS.
    Absolutely. A few of my neps are growing in 100% chopped cyprus bark. Others use either pure cocofiber or cocofiberrchid bark. These mixes provide great aeration and drainage, but on the downside require more watering.
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    Why not keep the soil and add some fertilizer? Works great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (chloroplast @ Oct. 19 2005,8:01)]Absolutely. A few of my neps are growing in 100% chopped cyprus bark. Others use either pure cocofiber or cocofiberrchid bark. These mixes provide great aeration and drainage, but on the downside require more watering.
    And others are big on using perlite.

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    I'm a big fan of perlite but never tried a pure perlite medium. Hmmmm.....one day I might just give it a try on one of my extras.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]I'm a big fan of perlite but never tried a pure perlite medium. Hmmmm.....one day I might just give it a try on one of my extras.
    Just me stinking out loud, but if I wanted to use a media of that consistancy, I'd probably turn to pumice. Just my guess, but I'd think that a pure pumice mix would work better (or at least be easier for you to deal with) than a pure perlite. What does everyone else think?
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    I like pumice, but it's not available here. My next best choice is finely crushed lava. I've replaced perlite with lava, and the results are just as good. I still add some bark and LFS, or else the pot would be too heavy.

    Here's a link to an inorganic soil mix:
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    Well thanks very much every one. I think ill try it one at leas one of my ampullarias and see it effects in the mean while i am geting some Sphagnum to put as top dressing and some more pine needles to add too.
    Mybe the acid is woth a try ill see, i guss if it works its the most convinent solution for addind acidity to the soil.


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