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    Aldrovanda tank size?

    Hey all, I would like to grow some aldrovanda and I was wondering about how large a container they need to grow in. I've heard that ten gallon tanks are suitable, is this true? Also, are aquarium bulbs for growing plants be suitable for growing aldrovanda, the compacts for a ten gallon hood, not the florescents. Thanks.
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    You don't need something that big, all you need is... a bucket!

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    This may be simpler than I thought. Which varieties don't need a dormancy?

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    That I cannot answer. What I can say is how important it is to get your culture set up properly and allow it time to "cure" before you add any Aldrovanda. I tried to rush things when I set mine up and the plants just languished for several months before dying on me.

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    Curing, is that like cycling a fish tank?

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    You basically have to set up the tank with companion plants, and give it time for the water chemistry to balance out and for the population of aquatic creatures that the Aldrovanda can eat to build up. I believe it takes several weeks, possibly even a month to do it properly.
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    Which plants make good companion plants? Would most aquarium plants and some bladderworts do well with it?
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    The link nimbulan provided should have all the information you need. I believe you can skip dormancy, considering how widespread the plant its. However, there isn't much known about the cultivation so if you wanted to be safe, you would probably want to grow it outside (where it would also have access to mosquito larvae, which it seems, are crucial for Aldrovanda to do well).

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