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    Quote Originally Posted by Cindy View Post
    Thanks, jimscott. Is your Aldrovanda the Australian form?

    I have three different ones and the growing tips look different though the plants are grown in very similar conditions.
    I really don't know. I'll have to look into that. Insectrap sent them to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swords View Post
    Jim, I really love this all natural setup (my woods has bogs and creeks all over). Do you do water changes with fresh bog water or just top up the evaporation with R/O or let the level rose and fall with rain...?

    Also, have you noticed any critters in the water? I assume there has to be some aquatic things helping feed the plants if the water and muck comes from the bog.

    Any form of circulation like an air stone or mini pump?

    Sorry I just had to ask it all at once! LOL
    I'd think i'd be of some help too, since I own a 5 gallon Sterilite container where I grow my aquatic utrics.

    For the first question, I let it fall and rise with the rain, it is up to the top right now since it has been raining daily for the last few days.

    At first, I filled it with distilled water and mixed with peat, unicycled and empty of bacteria. There is now a daphnia culture in there that feed the plants. I think they came from the rain.

    No circulation,

    I just started raining while I was typing this, it was sunny a few minutes ago. My sarrs aren't liking it, newly opened pitchers on red plants are entirely green instead of the normal pinkish tint they get before coloring up.

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    I had part of them in a Sterilit container, at the mouth of an outfall that fed the bog near us. Unfortunately, the birds kept getting into everything and I lost those plants, as well as my Cephalotus, some D. macrantha tubers, nearly killing the U. alpina, cobra lilys, and essentially killing my Heli. Nice idea... failed miserably.




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    Very difficult to grow as a container plant, and I had little success. Best plan is to grow with associated flora and fauna as in a balanced aquarium setting. That bog spring looks very possible, this is how Phill Sheridan grows them at Meadowview, and the pond was thick with them. Good luck to you all, it really is a great plant. Beautiful photo's too, nice looooooooooong strands that need to stay long. If they start shrinking in length it isn't good.

    Jim, I hate birds!!!
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    I disbanded the bog but the plants have been lengthening and branching in the fishtank. It may not be the best conditions but certainly not the worst!

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    When I saw the red Utric bladders it prompted me to go and look at my U. gibba and behold the picture of questionable quality:
    sorry it's so big, I couldn't get it any smaller
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