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    Creating a Salt-Free Enviroment

    I've always had trouble with VFTs and the salt content they get from the ocean right off my front porch. I know some of you may say they can deal with this but I've had and killed 5 VFT's so I'm gonna make use of my unoccupied 40gaL terrarium.

    My only question with this is that how can I provide dormancy for them without putting them outside? (because then salt kills them quickly). Perhaps I could severely cool the terrarium to a suitable temperature? But if that's the case what do I use, ice cubes?

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    You can take it outside the tank in a garage, maybe. Somewhere that always gets cold during Winter, seeing that they don't need as much light.
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    I also have these big tupperware containers so maybe I could make my own big ice blocks. That's pretty old-fashioned. Also I have them running on a 14hr photoperiod. Should I reduce it to around 10hrs?
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    I've read to reduce the photoperiod to 12 hours in the winter. However, that information was aimed at tropical species that just slow down growth a little (not full dormancy).
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    Both photoperiod and temperature reduction are important.

    Quote Originally Posted by Maxx View Post
    I also have these big tupperware containers so maybe I could make my own big ice blocks. That's pretty old-fashioned. Also I have them running on a 14hr photoperiod. Should I reduce it to around 10hrs?
    ^This is why it is generally recommended to stay away from terrariums when dealing with flytraps... it's so much work. However, I can see your need as your situation calls for it. Ice cubes will probably just melt and waterlog the entire thing. Even if you use them outside the terrarium as a "blanket", I am not sure they will cool it down to desirable temps and keep it cool. Imagine how much ice you would need from November to February. Question: When you had your flytraps outdoors did they manage to go into dormancy naturally? If so then just apply your area's natural photoperiod and temperatures to your VFTs within the terrarium. You could also look into using the fridge method or moving the terrarium to cooler locations when needed (as suggested by Capensis).

    Scares me just thinking about it. Good luck...



    EDIT: HERE is Pyro's article on dormancy. He describes how to use the fridge method and mentions photoperiod along with all the other good stuff.
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    Hmm.., didn't think about the water needed for the ice block thing. Maybe I can fold back the lid so half of the roof is open and increase the fans airflow to a higher setting. Anybody see potentially bad outcomes with that idea?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maxx View Post
    Hmm.., didn't think about the water needed for the ice block thing. Maybe I can fold back the lid so half of the roof is open and increase the fans airflow to a higher setting. Anybody see potentially bad outcomes with that idea?
    Unless it's pretty cold in your house, that probably won't bring down the temps enough for a proper dormancy (IMO). I would test it out first.
    I say go with the fridge method. It seems like the most practical idea for your situation.
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    I've never heard any details about the fridge method. Can someone please explain it? Or is it as simple as the title itself?
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