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    I bought a nep at home depot it had three pitchers on it, the largest being about 3" and smallest about 1"...they were dead so I clipped them off is this ok to do? also since I cliped the end of the leaf off will a new tendril grow from that leaf or no? for some reason I'm thinking no...

    I've watered it with RO/DI ( I have a 6 stage ro unit I use for my reef) and it seemed to perk up. Its currantly getting its light by sitting next to my 100 gallon reef which is lit by two 400 watt iwaskies two 96 watt pwer compacts and two 75 watt VHO's. So its getting the spill off light...is that to much ?

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    Hi, how are you?
    Yes, you are correct in thinking that no new tendril will grow from the same leaf but don't worry, hopefully a new leaf will develop soon.
    If you think that the plant is getting enough light and the temperature isn't too low,then I'd leave it alone for a month or so to let it acclimatise before thinking about repotting etc. Water moderately, keep moist but not wet and if the plant likes your conditions then maybe after 2 or 3 weeks (or longer) it should produce a new leaf and a pitcher should develop at the end of the leaf tip. I think you just need to be patient for a while,...
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    I can play the waiting game seems thats a trait I can carry over from my reefing habit....

    Thanks for the info...my room which the plant is in averages about 80* F during the day...

    the halides heat the room up quite a bit
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    Hey Flip Side,
    Welcom (back?) to the forums. The neps you can get in HD type stores are usually pretty hardy. However, they are also frequently abused by whatever establishment sold them. They get no light, tap water (eek!), kids prodding them, low humidity (depending on where you live), etc. All the stuff that makes us cringe. Don't be surprised if it takes some time to recover...neps frequently experience shipping/bad handling shock.
    Since you said it perked up a bit from the fresh watering, you may be lucky. You may have aquired it before it sank into the depths of a looooong shock period. Hope so! I'm not sure about your spill over lighting, as I don't know what kind of lights are used in a reef aquarium. I know your wattage, but not you CRI, lux or color temp. These are the real factors, much more so than watts. Aso, the distance from the light source is a big factor.
    Your best bet is to keep an eye on it for the next several weeks and watch for it's mood. If it seems to gradually get happier, then it's a safe bet you're doing it right.
    Good luck with it! If you can post a pic in the id forum, perhaps someone here on the forums can even tell you what breed your pet monster is!
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    the 400 watters are iwasakis so the are 6500K the 96 watt PC's are actinic so I don't think the plant will benifit from the actinics (they are somthing like 7200K) the VHOS are actinics as well...

    the plant is about 28 inches from the light....

    even though it has no pitchers(yet) can it still be id? its leaves are red and green and quite broad not long and skinny.
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    It may be possible for someone here to ID it since Home Depots likely only sell the most common hybrids and easier growing species but we would have to see the plant, also closeups of the way the leaf attaches to the stem, and the the tips of the leaves and the way the tendril attaches would help (too late for that!). Can you post some images?

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    I will try and get you guys some pics of it.... even without its pitchers I'm still hipnotically find myself staring at it....is that normal?
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    Yes. It's one of the behavioral characteristics of a Nepenthephile.

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