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    Question about fish food

    Hey everyone, I just received three new Nepenthes, and I want to feed the open pitchers to promote some better growth. I've read through most of the stickied feeding post, and many people are saying that koi pellets get the job done very well, while others seem to think they make the pitchers rot. I really don't want to go through the hassle of purchasing crickets, and fish food seems like a much easier alternative. So if anyone has any thoughts on this could you please give me some suggestions?

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    Zach

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    I actually add a bit of water soluble orchid fertilizer (mixed with water already; just to clarify) into the pitchers on top of whatever other critters they happen to capture. This may not be the same as koi pellets but it certainly hasn't harmed my plants. If you do decide to go with this method (even thought it wasn't one you listed) just remember to wipe off the excess from around the peristome or it may encourage black fuzzy mold which although does no damage is unsightly.

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    I use koi pellets and the pitcher can rot if it is overfed. The trick is to use as much as the pitcher can handle. I soak the pellets in rainwater prior to feeding.

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    Which is best - food in the pitchers or foliar feeding? Does anyone still use Osmocote?

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    I use the dried bloodworms that are sold as fish food. They are small, easy to handle, and you can get a lifetime supply for like, $3.
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    I don't think "foliar feeding" does much for Neps. I read somewhere that the pitchers are the leaves. The "leaves" on Neps are modified petioles. Besides, the whole purpose of the pitchers is to absorb nutrients. I would think they've have a more efficient uptake of nutrients than leaves or roots, so I always feed pitchers.

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    Foliar feeding = a waste of time.
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    Hey guys thanks for the replies....

    Dave S. - What would you say is the right amount? I really have no idea as I have never even seen a koi pellet before so I do not know how big they are. I would hate to just plop one in there and have the pitcher rot in a few days!!!

    Zach

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