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    Great pics. swords [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] Thanks for sharing them, your N. bical is awesome! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] Someday I am going to a have to purchase one of those.

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    Those are beautiful plants and great photos. I wish I had more room for neps. One day I'm going to have to figure out a place for a nep chamber.

    Thanks for sharing the pics...most enjoyable. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
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    That N. aristolochioides x thorelii is incredible! I've been a bit of a species snob, but i might have to change my ways!

    Swords, do you not do any cooling on your highland tank? What are your night temps during the summer?

    My hamata has recovered and is also growing amazingly fast (compared the the other highlands). I have high hopes for it! What's the diameter on your vining plant? I'm thinking of building a custom display terrarium just for the hamata, and don't want to make it too small in diameter.

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    I've got to agree with D. muscipula. That N. aristochloides x thorelii just went onto my urgent "want" list. Very, very cool pics!

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    Oh my gosh swords, those are incredible photos! I love your tank's "foggy" look!

    Do you find that the sanguinea seems reluctant to colour up? I have one from Malesiana whose pitchers are still stubbornly green despite about six hours of intense sun.



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    True, I'm not a huge fan of hybrids either. So many hybrids look "samey" ya know? I do like natural hybrids however. But upon seeing shot of a small aristo x thorelii pitcher I knew it must be owned! This one doesn't look like a normal hybrid and has a unique shape and color. I will photograph a developing pitcher next time one inflates they're so creepy! Like black hanging coffins. Totally a halloween Nepenthes! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    Yes, I do use a 24 hour cooling system (or rather fresh air inflow) on the highland chamber by having a 4" fan blow air from outside the window into the highland chamber via a 4" diameter flexible dryer vent hose. The incoming air is first humidified by an ultrasonic humidifier who's outlet intersects within the air inlet duct before it reaches the terrarium so the incoming air is totally saturated and fog vapor filled before it reaches the plants. But my plants do not like daytime temps above 80*F since outside July, Aug & early Sept their daytime temps usually 70 with a max of 75*F. Their nights are always down to 55-45*F by simply relying on Minnesotas already cool night temps. Since I work nights when I come home from work at 4:30 am I always take a peek at the temps and see what the thermostat says on all the tanks (after I feed the screaming cat of course). It's quite nice not having to use an AC year round. Outside Zone 4a this kinda outside airflow cooling setup might not work for as much of the year as it does for me. It depends upon the local weather temps as well as the speed of your fan (faster movement will cool slightly but only to a point because too fast of fan speed will simply evaporate the fog vapor too quickly, then your humdiity will not be high enough and you will have a dual problem.

    Only July through Sept is the roughest months because I am not able to run all the acs and lighting during summer's daytime to drop the temps 10 or so degrees. I just blow the circuts when the ACs kick on while the lights are on. My condo only has two circuts and I'm maxing them both!
    I run the AC after "lights out" in the summer July, Aug, Sept and bring the highland chamber down to 50*F but cool temps are important during the daytime too for the delicate pitchered species like N. hamata and the true N. aristolochioides. They both cried uncle and didn't pitcher on two leaves each made during those months but are doing just fien healthwise and are back to their old habits of making pitcher buds. N. rajah and the rest of the highlanders were unphased by the few sporadic weeks of 80-85*F days. More problems may have occured but in MN high temps is not a usual concern. A week of sunny weather and 85*F is considered a heat wave and a drought to us Vikings... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

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    Thanks for the detailed information.

    I'd like to rig up something similar for the time being. Come next summer, i have a deactivated lab equipment chiller from school that should be awesome, if it still works (crosses fingers). Kinda expensive on the power side, but then, so are highland neps. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/alien.gif[/img] Still trying to figure out how to best use it.
    Back home in our Zone 3/4 deep freeze desert it wouldn't have been a problem, but then, i wouldn't be able to regularly collect rainwater there.

    Thanks for sharing those pics. Beautiful.
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    I love the aristichioides hybrid! I'm a huge fan of aristichioides. That inermis is cool, too. I have to get me one of those.... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rolleyes.gif[/img]
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