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    well, it finally happened.

    my 20gallon long set-up with twin-tube shop light fixture pumping 80watts has been made dated.

    i now have 33gallon breeder which is the same length as a 55gallon but shorter so the light is closer to my plants with satelite coral fixture with two compact flo. lights pumping 65watts each at 10000/7000 while decked with lunar lighting to impersonate the moon. decking the sides out in reflective materials and making a removable front piece so that the light can bounce around the terrarium while i am at work and be taken off when i come home.

    not only do i have double the space but the coloring in some of plants have gone somewhat, out of control.

    my n. x 'judith finn' is displaying brutal color with a peristome so purple that it's black while my n. hamata is looking more and more like that purple clone and my n. mikei is living up to it's colorful name with purple leaves and black pitchers and flamboyant throats.

    should this occur? especially with my n. x 'judith finn'. i have never seen such coloring in one before and this happened almost overnight.

    i will be posting pictures of my new set-up along with plant pictures soon. but now, i must go be a live nursery specialist at lowe's.

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    yay, i eagerly await the photos, hope evrything works out teejay
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    my new terrarium set-up


    the brutal x 'judith finn'


    another shot of it


    the lighting isn't playing eye games, that's the color of the pitcher. is this normal? has anyone ever seen a judith with such dark coloring?

    i don't know, tell me what you think.

    is it possible i have a different hybrid of x 'judith finn' that reacts this way to the upper spectrum? if so, am i in the right to name it? i don't know.

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    wow very nice
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    Sweet. I think you might want to get a less powerfull light though. You might be toasting the poor things...
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    i am pushing them slowly into the lighting.

    an additional hour every day until they are going through a regular cycle with these lights, they are almost there and the rest are coloring up in the colors they should, it's just this n. x 'judith finn' changing so violently and the pitchers are still this color after another day and there is no signs of being burnt as the leaves would show signs, as well. the first that would go is the lid and it's still a nice green.

    i must say this n. x 'judith finn' was from my first batch of seeds that germination when it comes to nepenthes and well, i think i might got something on my hands here that deserves a cultivar name unless this is not abnormal.

    the leaves started to turn a bronze color awhile ago before i got the new lights similar to that of a n. ampullaria 'tayeve' where they grow an extreme bronze then fade to a bronzish emerald color, it's quite odd but i really don't know what to think except i think the lights have shown the true colors of seed-grown x 'judith finn'.

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    Hi T.J.
    nice little settup you have there. Your Judith Finn looks fine. Your next leaves should be much smaller too. Most neps can take a lot more light than people think. I use the same technique to get my neps to turn envious shades of red and purple.
    The trick is to see how close you can get them to the light before they show negative effects. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img]
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    so could this be a cultivar? i mean, for a judith finn to be basically black with bronzish red leaves when exposed to the upper spectrum...is that normal?

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