I recently bought a vft at a grocery store of all places! *Anyways, thought it would be cool to own one only to find out after the first night that you can't just treat it like any other plant (thanks to my girlfriend who rescued it from the brink of death). *Since then I've researched all I could and decided to repot the little guy in a terrarium. *Here's the setup so far (I believe it's a dante with it's largest traps about half an inch):
1) *Container: *A round glass fishbowl-like container (probably holds about 3.5 litres. *Currently coverless but was thinking of either a mesh cover (so I can feed without the bugs getting out) or a plastic/glass cover for a full seal. *Any ideas which is better for South Canadian climates?
2) *Soil: *3:1 Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss:Perlite Mix (1 inch in height) over a layer of perlite (1/2 or 3/4 inches in height). *I also spread the original live moss that it came with ontop of the peat moss/perlite mix.
3) *Water: *Monteclaire brand water (my dwarf hamster drinks the same stuff so I always have plenty in stock). *Will try to switch to rain water and see what happens.
I had to trim a few of the traps since they started to turn black, but there are new ones sprouting.
Also, they are very slow in closing (you can't even see it) should I use a heat lamp to up the temp. a bit? *Up here in Canada, we've already finished the hot part of summer and things are beginning to cool down.
Any suggestions on how to raise a healthier vft would be greatly appreciated.