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    Other plants get bloodworms, but the Nepenthes get the diluted Maxsea fertilizer that a lot of people use. Or, during summer, the insects that plague my garden
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    My favorite food for nepenthes is this pellet food for discus fish. Designed to retain its integrity for a long time in the fish tank, it won't foul the pitcher fluid, and with this stuff there's a wide margin for error (hard to overfeed the pitcher). Even baby pitchers can take a whole pellet ( which barely fits in the pitcher's digestion zone) without turning black. Perhaps this is because of its unique structure. Unlike goldfish pellets, which are very dense and solid, these discus pellets have very little bulk density. They are very spongy and lightweight.




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    Live insects. In all of my hobbies, I have always thought that natural prey items made more sense, when applicable. Since I culture a few different kinds of insects for my reptiles, I have plenty to share with my Neps.

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    These are what i use the most - Blaptica dubia - typically young nymphs.
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    How many pellets do you put in? Does it result in significant growth? I think this may seem easier because there is no extra things needed to do.

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    If youre referring to me, as I said I put 6 pellets in, which is roughly 1 fly.
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    Oh no sorry.. That was meant for hardy

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    I like Zoo Med's "Anole Food" and "Leopard Gecko Food". Oddly, they are both the same product: dried flies. And oddly, neither anoles or leopard geckos eat dried flies. However carnivorous plants do! I feed this to my sundews by crushing up a pinch of flies and adding a few drops of water to make a paste. Then I drop some onto a sundew leaf and they curl up all around the fly paste. Yum!
    With pitchers, you can just drop the dried flies into the pitcher and let them do the rest.
    I like this because it is convenient to use and it's something they would encounter out in the wild.

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    That's awesome!! They have that at my local pet shop as well.. Have you seen in an increase in leaf or pitcher size?

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