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    Hi, humidity is NOT an issue. I have an ultra sonic humidifyer that saturates the leaves when turned on for more than 10 minutes. My light may be the problem, I think i need to lower my fixture closer to the plants.

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    N.G., that or move the plants closer to the light. if it was out in the wild and growing under the sun i don't think the sun would move but, the plant would change direction of the way it was growing. so what i would do is put a pot or something under the plant to get it closer to the light. that is alot easyer that ajusting the chain or what ever is holding up the light fixture.

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    Good idea! It would be MUCH simpler than adjusting the chain. Thanks.

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    N amp is a true lowlander and despite the fact that I have seen it in intermediate conditions it is MUCH more common along with other lowlanders.

    Amp likes the heat and humidity but it is definitely a species that can tolerate lower light levels than others. If you can, give it heat, humidity and light however if you have to compromise on one aspect I would go for the light level.

    Josh I don't understand how putting a "flourescent strip" below your tank would make much difference?
    One of the reasons people use flourescent tubes is because they produce almost no heat?

    Cheers, Troy.

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    Like others, I think that the problem is simply that your
    temperatures are too low. Shoot for daytime highs of
    about 30 C, or better, and nighttime lows of about 20 C.
    You may be able to accomplish this with a heating mat, or
    heatlamp, but be careful!

    I've been growing many varieties of this species for years, and
    have found that it does indeed tolerate low light levels. More-
    over, don't worry about the length of the vine. The length
    you specified is not very great and is a non-issue. The leaves
    at the end of the vine should pitcher fine once you
    provide the plant what it needs.

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    Troy I am using an unused 75 gallon fishtank as my lowland enclosure (which will have to be discarded and a bigger enclosure made soon as the bicals newest leaf is against the lid glass now). The tank is sitting on an open bottomed oak aquarium stand . I put a couple 10 gallon tanks inside the stand and put some lights over them.
    The air inside the stand (under the tank) is trapped and warmed. Certainly not a tremendous amount but in combination with the heat already generated by the 6 tubes ontop the tank it rises the temp about 7-10*F higher than it was before doing so, bringing the daytime highs to 92.3*F on most days and 75.4*F most nights.
    Flourescents are much cooler running than other bulbs - you can lay your hand on the tubes of flourescents without burning your hand but it still feels warm (apx 90-120*F). My siamese cat loves nothing more than to sleep on top the bank of flourescents over the lowland tank to warm himself up.

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    Troy, I think the ballasts produce quite a bit of heat.

    Jeff, thanks for the info! You are most always right and yes I do think the heat is low.....and I've had enouhg of it, moving the growchamber to a warmer part of my house, my family members must accept this! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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