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Thread: Black traps on a "typical" VFT?

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    Black traps on a "typical" VFT?

    My VFT's traps are turning black. I don't know what's wrong. I have it in 100% peat moss, from a huge bale of the stuff I got from Lowe's. I also have been watering it with both rain water and water from the goldfish pond we have. I've been careful not to use tap water. I just don't know what I am doing to cause this. The only thing I can think of is maybe making the substrate deeper. Would that be the reason for it looking so ill?

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    Goldfish pond? Maybe the goldfishes', um, you know, is poisoning the plant. Mix some perlite in with the peat to give it some aeration, though that's not as necessary, and only do it when it's healthy. Stop using the goldfish water is my advice. Your plant should recover in a couple weeks if you do.
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    The goldfish, depending upon their number, may be excreting a good deal of ammonia into the water, through their gills and kidneys -- something to which Dionaea is particularly sensitive.

    The compost also appears too wet . . .
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    Yeah I've been told by multiple sources not to use fish water. Having kept plenty of aquariums I can tell you that there are TONS of chemicals and nutrient content secreted into the water. You might as well use miracle grow..
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    media should be 75% sand and 25% peat. and like others have said, no goldfish pond water and keep it on the slightly drier side.
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    On top of all said above, if the traps are old, they may just be dying off too. But definitely keep the soil a little drier, add in some perlite or sand to aerate the mix, and stop using fish water.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hcarlton View Post
    But definitely keep the soil a little drier...
    Quote Originally Posted by amphirion View Post
    ...and keep it on the slightly drier side.
    Yeah, your flytrap looks waterlogged. That probably isn't helping. Like hcarlton and amphirion have said, keep your plant drier--still wet/moist, but never soggy.

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