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    Hello everyone,

    Revising my notes on my tank's temperature, I was wondering what I could fill it with.
    It is approximatly like so :

    In winter : Day 75F - Night 65F
    In summer : Day 85F - Night 75F

    The temp might please highlanders, but I think the nightly drop isn't strong enough. On the other hand, lowlanders would like my summer temps, but I think they would find winter a bit on the chilly side...

    Right now, I'm only growing what could be considered intermediate species, Ventricosa x 3, Maxima, Sanguinea and Coccinea. Along with a bunch of sundews and P. Moranensis. All of the above seem rather happy and are pitchering well (for the neps), dewing a lot (for the sundews) and growing relatively fast. I even have a H.Minor that's been growing along, sloooowly, but surely.

    What advice could you give me?

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    Where do you keep the terrarium?
    That temperature difference is pretty big for a (heated?) room if you ask me. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

    Anyway, the temperature drop isnt enough to please real highlanders no.
    Perhaps they wont die and still grow a little but not fast. I would go for Lowlanders.

    Have you got any lighting above it? If not, you can buy some fluorescent lights and only use them during the winter. It will increase the heat inside the tank to keep it the same as in the summer and the same for the light levels which are also lower in the winter so this way you give your lowland Neps a stable environment.
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    My suggestion, is to get a undertank reptile heater, or have a resevoir(sp?) of water with a submergible heater(and plants above water level, and go with lowlanders. I think most consider 70 to be bare minimum temp, and one of those would raise the temp at least five degrees.

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    I would just leave it as is and avoid the picky highland and lowland plants and stick with the intermediate ones and the ones that are less temperature sensitive. The ones you currently have are good although I would place N. Coccinea in the more picky lowland class.

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    your winter temps are about what my house is year long. i have N. veitchii (highland-striped peristrome), bongso, macfarlanei and sibuyanensis all growing fine so far. the later 3 are in an unheated 10 gal tank. all of these are probably closer to intermediates than picky highlanders though. all my other neps such ampullaria,"Ile de France", biacl x amp, and such are in a seperate tank with a heat pad underneith and are doing fine.
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    Phyrex : The lighting is precisely what is heating the tank during the day. About 10F higher than my room's ambient temperature. (right now, 65F)
    I thought lowlanders liked much warmer temperature?
    Since it's currently -20C outside, and over 30C outside in summer, you can expect some variation inside, even in a well insulated house.

    Griffin : But aren't the temps too variable for lowlanders still?

    Tony : Sounds like *the* answer doesn't it? Now, ok for the intermediates, but how do I tell if a non-intermediate species is temperature sensitive? Growth altitude again?
    Coccinea, picky?!? This thing is growing like it doesn't know how to stop, even faster than Sanguinea or Maxima! (Which are terribly fast too.)

    Rattler : Of course, I certainly wasn't going to even think about ultra-highlanders.
    But would those species (sibuyanensis, bongso, etc) be happy in my summer conditions? My temps can climb very high at noon in the hotter summer days. (reaching as high as 93F)
    Is a heating pad some sort or carpet releasing heat upwards that you can plug in the wall?

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    I was thinking about building some growing place in my (heated) basement though, temperature are pretty much 20 Celcius year round.
    Sound I get some sort of heater to make it a low land chamber, or should I find a way to make it a highland chamber?
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