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    I'm going to feed all my Neps today some defrosted bloodworms (midge larvae) and I was wondering If I should feed my 3 newest arrivals: Fusca, Lowii and Hamata? I'm not sure how long I've had them (Tony has it been a month yet?) but I was wondering if I should drop a tiny worm or two into these guys or let them alone for a few more weeks? I don't know if they would feed off the food or it would just rot due to them still being in shock from being repotted.
    Whatta y'all think?

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    Speakign of feeding I just got my Lowii,Hamata and Gracilis "Nigrapurpurea" from Tony yesturday and just fed them today about 20 minutes ago. What a strange coincidence! But Tony told me to go on ahead and fed them well, I just fed all of my new Neps:

    Hamata: 1 cricket,3 red ants and 3 sweet ants.

    Lowii: 1 cricket,3 red ants and 1 wood ant and 3 sweet ants.

    Gracilis Nigrapurpurea: 2 red ants and 2 swet ants.

    So yeah go on and feed them! My Hamata readily gobbled up my offerings to it.

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    How are you catching the ants & crickets? Do you kill them before you put them in or do you just unleash the insects in the terrarium?

    My hamata was a "3" size with about 3" tall pitchers, are you using adult crickets or 2 week olds?

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    For the ants go look under any rock on or any sidewalk or perhaps in your driveway and I personally just poke them with my finger til they are crippled and curl up or walk around in circles with smashed body parts, then I pick them up and into a plastic cup they go. For Crckets I look under most any rock and try to get the real small ones, 2week old and I did feed my Hamata with a slightly larger cricket older than 2 weeks but not mature yet and he died intantaneously. But yeah on the averqage 2 week olds are the primary prefered by me. Also, I simply hand feed my plants, I prefer it, I mean I know they are very well equiped to catch thier own food but uh......my terrarium at the bottom is full of about 5 inches of water below the grid my potted Neps sit on. See what I mean, so if I didn't hand fed them crawling insects they would drown in the water, but yes I do let them catch flies and bees if I happen to stun one (bees primarily) But flies I just toss them in if I can find one in the house. But if ANY insect is stunned mostly a fliwer I will palce it in the palnts pot near an active pitcher, usualy the insect wants to look for food to help it recover and then it sees the delicous nectar at the pitcher then whoop the palnt feds itself. But this is why I hand feed my nepenthes in the Highland terrarium, lowland terrarium I feed by hand too.


    See the bubbles in the water form the airstone? That's why I hand feed my Neps in terrariums. Lots of water, but TONS of humidity too!

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    That's what I do for humidity too. Only instead of wire shelving I use eggcrate and 1 1/4" PVC pipe sections laid on it's side with the eggcrate ontop. I haven't tried an airstone as the water simply evaporates on it's own. I do lay tinfoil beneath the tank-perhaps the reflectivity of light aids in evaporation?

    I just fed all the neps in the house with feedable pitchers. Outside they're catching "real" food so I'm leaving them be. I used a chunk of bloodworm melted in a 1/6th of a cup of R/O water and a glass eyedropper (smaller than the larger graduated plastic ones).

    How often do you feed them? I mainly just water the pots with aquarium water every few weeks and flush the pots with R/O. I'll bet they'll really grow if I start feeding them regularly-I'm just worried about overfeeding. I tried to put 2-3 bloodworms (1/4" long and 1/16th" wide) in each active pitcher. They are red with heimoglobin (and cause my fish to breed) so hopefully they'll be good for Nepenthes too. I believe they are mosquito larvae...

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    Your food sounds fine. I feed my Neps quite often, this month I have fed them about 2 times already yeah about 2 times so far definetly. So in 1 month I feed them about 4-5 times. And they all grow like weeds. That's a good thing! Could you get me a picture of your grating thing setup? I am a bit confused how you have it setup and put together in your terrarium. Thanks!

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    Uh...Nep G....what the H is a "sweet ant" Have you tasted them?

    Suzanne
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    Frequent small feedings is preferential as you don't overload the pitcher that way. The only thing to watch is with new plants if you have replaced the fluid with water. There is a higher chance of mold from overfeeding as the fluid is lacking acid and enzymes to really break the food down quickly.

    It has been my experience that Nepenthes really respond well to feeding. You may not see the results for a month or so, but all of a sudden the new leaf will be huge!
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