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    A lower wattage bulb is not the answer. Try moving the light further away. At least with the plant type incandescent it is theoretically making some blue light. Which will be better for the plants than a lower wattage normal incandescent.

    The root of the problem however is that incandescent bulbs work poorly for growing plants under because of the wattage/heat problem. You should consider fluorescent lights. 2 tubes on a small terrarium, 4 on a larger set up.
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    The way this tank is set up I can't really move the light farther away since it lays on top of the tank. This is just a 10 gallon fish tank with the light on top of it. Only thing I could do is take soil out, but that would basically be transplanting them.

    I think the problem is too much heat. Reason I think this because new traps are constantly growing back. So I think if they was not getting enough of something they would die and not grow anything back?

    For now the only thing I can really do is use this lower wattage bulb. This is a 20 or 25 watt bulb that is used for those fancy lights. It don't produce the blue look though its just a plain light.

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    You could try a small piece or two of window screen on top of the tank. Preferably aluminum since it won't melt or catch fire. This would act to shade the plants a little. Ideally I would still recommend a small fluorescent fixture instead.
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    I don't know how old Veggita is, or anything, but I know for myself, even with a job (prolly kuz i'm not getting too many hourse), its not that easy to just go and grab a flourecent light fixture... They're not the CHEAPEST things out there, and even finding a way too hook it up... It not just like, screwing it into a desklamp, or into the ceiling... I dunno, just thought I'de bring up the fact that for the younguns its not as simple as hopping in the car and going to your local Home Depot, wipping out your Interac card, and swiping... Even if veggita IS an adult, he might not be in the huge-money-investment stage of this hobby yet... Am I at least partly right?

    For now, I would say prop up the light fixture with sumthing, and that will not only distance the bulbs from the plants abit, but it will also allow some air ciruclation between the bulbs and the lid, cooling it down some...

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    I think fluorescent lighting would help. I know money can be an issue for non-working members (and even working members sometimes&#33 but you can get shop lights from Lowes or Home Depot fairly cheaply. If its a small tank a 24" one would do...they are about $11 here (48" sets are cheaper at $9). Then get one cool white tube and one GroLux or Sunstick...they don't cost tooo much. Once you've gotten them, the cost part is over. The tubes last a pretty long time.

    Sounds like the problem might be too wet and too hot. Incandescent bulbs do generate a LOT of heat and combined with the wetness can produce mush. And it can be hard to mix plants with different requirements in one tank.

    Good luck Veggita...I hope things turn around for you.

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    I always try and offer the simplest cheapest most effective way to solve an environmental issue when a question is asked. And still give satisfactory results. Not to mention everyones idea of what is satisfactory is different. Some are happy the plant stays alive, others may not be satisfied until the plant is the biggest healthiest specimen that anyone has ever seen.

    Everyone is on a budget regardless of income or accessability to gizzmos and gadgets...
    Unfortunately a big mistake that many people make is spending money on plants without having the proper set up. Then later do they realize after they have killed a bunch and spent more to replace them that in the long run they have ended up spending more than if they had invested in a little equipment first. Even it if means saving for a little longer and holding off on getting the plants!

    As for Veggita.. He has a problem that the current light is causing. A smaller wattage bulb will help with frying the plants but then they will simply be light starved and die that way. At least with putting a little screen between the tank and the bulb there is hope that the plants will live as the plant bulb does put out light more usable by plants for photosynthesis. This is the most economical thing I can think of to help his situation. But by investing a few more bucks for a small fluorescent rather than a few bucks for some window screen, he will have MUCH better results. It wouldn't surprise me in the least if that plant type bulb cost half as much as an inexpensive 2 tube fluorescent shop light...
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    I bought a 2 tube flurescent fixture and it cost me about 23.00 then the bulbs were about 5 each so yeah I wasn't too worried with the price. And the best part is with a 2-4 tube fixture isd that you can put 1-2 coolwhite light and 1-2 growlights. or vice versa in different quantity's etc. But yeah I would get one IMO.

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    How about one of the new fluorescent bulbs that fit in a regular light socket. Wal-mart sells them from $7.00 on up. I have one for my nep and they work great. Just a thought, Jack.
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