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    i am thinking of using my 75 gal tank as a dart frog vivarium which means my neps will be kicked out(though i may leave the speckled amp in there if i can find sufficient evidence that the frogs will come to no harm, Black Jungle has a referance to some of there frogs breeding in a nep pitcher). anyways i was thinking about placing my neps in a mix of LFS and perlite, placing them in mesh baskets and attempting to grow them in a method similar to my Ceph, fill up the tray and let it dry before doing it again. i see no real reason why it wont work. the LFS will be a little wetter than through my normal watering but the mesh baskets and perlite should allow enouh O2 to get to the roots i think. any comments?
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    If the medium is deep enough that there's no chance of the roots growing into the water, then it wouldn't be much different from frequent waterings, IMO. I don't think I'd try it without the airiness... but I'm just going by what I've read really.

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    yeah what ive read says dont do it but ive also read that U. sandersonii "blue" is a shy flowerer(mine flowers constantly) and Darlingtonia MUST have an airy mix for cool roots(i grow it in pure peat in warm stagnant water) so i take what i read with a grain of salt. just wondering on others experiances.
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    I grow my lowlanders that way. I use the correct size tray for the pots so they don't sit in a lot of water. Just be sure the trays dry out between watering. I water them once a week.

    I also grow alot of mine on top of rocks in trays so they can stay out of the water but still get a little more humidity.
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    I grow almost all my neps like that. Do you mean putting them in pots and in a large tray that holds water? Sometimes, my neps are waterlogged for days without ill effects. Zongyi
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    I grow most of mine like that in tanks. I water just enough to cover the bottom and then check on them in a couple of weeks.

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    i used to water daily.

    now i keep them in a cm or less of water and water every other week. it's great.

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    Just one thing to note when using the tray method - keep your growing area clean. Water is a fantastic vector for a range of pathogens, and if you have one pot infected with a fungi or the like, then everything in the tray will have it in no time.
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