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    I have a 20gal at my dads that was a back up sump tank! I can use that! I wonder if LEDs would work for neps??

    I think my window will be perfect for now, in the long run, I'll set up the terra in my closet. Then when I acumulate more, I'll put them in the greenhouse. I have on at my dads but we use it for a night time hut for the Sulcata tortoises...

    And hi! I knew you might remember me from NR as you were the one who directed me to here!
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    OR! Could I just not use a light and just keep them on a table in front of my window? It gets all day sun!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chasethorn View Post
    I have a 20gal at my dads that was a back up sump tank! I can use that! I wonder if LEDs would work for neps??

    I think my window will be perfect for now, in the long run, I'll set up the terra in my closet. Then when I acumulate more, I'll put them in the greenhouse. I have on at my dads but we use it for a night time hut for the Sulcata tortoises...

    And hi! I knew you might remember me from NR as you were the one who directed me to here!
    You can use LEDs, but my argument against them for reefing was that they don't provide the natural sunlight spectrum. However, the LED spectrum nicely coincides with the spectrum corals need, so I had no argument really, but I DO have an argument against using LEDs for neps. I'd want something that is more natural sunlight. So either like 6500K halide or like 4500-6000K PC. PC is cheap and easy to set up, so if you don't want the energy bill, go with PC.

    If the humidity is above 60% at all times in the window with the humidifier on, then I'd say you'd be good for the less fussy Nepenthes species or hybrids. If you set the pot in a shallow tray of water, it should keep the humidity up around the plant and keep it watered. I know there are a few people on here that have had no issues with just leaving their neps in trays of water all the time.

    I've never kept fusca, but I have a hybrid that is 3/4 spathulata and another hybrid that is 1/2 spathulata. The 1/2 spathulata refuses to pitcher, not just for me, but for many people. The 3/4 spathulata will produce pitchers, but not on every tendril that grows. Not sure how spathulata x fusca would behave as far as pitchering, but every hybrid is different so it's hard to tell. I would guess that it may like higher humidity. You can always stick a clear plastic bag over it to keep the humidity up until you get your terrarium set up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chasethorn View Post
    OR! Could I just not use a light and just keep them on a table in front of my window? It gets all day sun!
    I'd use a light unless the table gets direct sun. The light will produce heat during the day to boost the overall temperature swing between day and night. Spathulata can grow intermediate or highland. Fusca grows intermediate. It may actually like it warmer, like 80s during the day, and around 60F at night.

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    Sweet! I got pics of the one I ordered and it has proven to pitcher and so have many of the others that are the same. It is a relatively new hybrid. The table does get full sun all day and my cacti love it! If I can grow very light needy cacti in the window for 3 years. I think Neps will have no issue!

    What are some hybrids you would recommend for a beginner? Ones that suit my care levels? Maybe PM me a link or two! )
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    Pff these guys with their humidity I grow all my plants in my windowsill where the humidity ranges from 30%-70%(at night only really), daytime it's usually like 50-60%. Of course, higher humidity is probably better in terms of pitchering etc, but I wouldn't go way out of my way to make a terrarium or use big trays of water or w/e to try to get the humidity up a little bit.

    Start off with a few, let them adjust for a while (months maybe) and see what happens. They'll probably be happy there no problem

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chasethorn View Post
    Sweet! I got pics of the one I ordered and it has proven to pitcher and so have many of the others that are the same. It is a relatively new hybrid. The table does get full sun all day and my cacti love it! If I can grow very light needy cacti in the window for 3 years. I think Neps will have no issue!

    What are some hybrids you would recommend for a beginner? Ones that suit my care levels? Maybe PM me a link or two! )
    OMG ventrata... I can't recommend that enough. Most people hate it because it is so common, but it has the shape of alata crossed with the thick peristome of ventricosa. Here's an adult pitcher on mine...



    They grow like freakings weeds. You can get them to like 6ft vines in just a few years. They produce basals with no stopping, they branch with no apparent reason from every little place possible AND they can tolerate highland conditions and lowland conditions. If you don't want ventrata, then get one of the parents -- ventricosa. It's also really common, but I find it really pretty because of the peristome. I only like the pink ones though. This is mine...



    They don't grow as fast as ventrata, but they're still pretty fast and they produce tons of basals. Basically any ventricosa hybrid is easy to keep and hardy. Ventricosa is an intermediate but it is usually grown as highland, so it will be good for your conditions.

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    I have seen people grow them successfully in low temps and still get massive pitchers! I like the humidity and wouldn't up it but my room is already pretty humid Colorado has a humidity of like... 5%. And I have no idea why my rooms stays humid when I don't have my humidifier on!

    Well... Every room has one I guess here... We have some serious static issues in this house so that is why I have one plus I don't like to sleep when its so dry. I think what I have is pretty good!
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