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    I gave up. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img]
    I am getting two more VFT's though, bare-root. Any suggestions on potting them once they get here so I don't put them through too much shock? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img]
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    Just a thought, not sure how helpful it will be (I'm new at this too)

    I have a 5.5 gal planted aquarium (with fish) and had the lighting problem unfortuantely they don't make florescent fixture hoods for tanks that small, they do however make incandesant hoods. With fish and aquatic plants incandesant is also too hot with poor light output. The solution that we came up with was compact florescent bulbs, you can buy them at places like Home Depot and they screw right in to incandesant sockets. they have a slightly (maybe 2 degrees F) higher heat output than comparable regular florescent which is easily taken care of with air circulation, and come in full-spectrum light ranges.

    Might be worth looking into if you decide to go the terrarium route again

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    Hi,
    Just looked in on this one, VFTs are never ones for the terrarium in the long run, Suzanne is right when they need chilly winters and good light. Where do you live exactly?
    Here in England, most of us grow VFTs in cold greenhouses where temps get to max 100 to 110f in the summer and down to 15f in winter. They grow in full sun (much more light than fluorescent lights) and exhibit strong growth.
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    Hi! I live in Alberta. Dry and hot this summer, and down to more than 20 below on average in winter. I plan on keeping my VFT's indoors. It seems the conditions in the terrarium are finally leveling out. The temp. is steady at 80, and the humidity is steady at 70. I have a cup filled with distilled water in the terrarium that has an ultrasonic mister in it. I turn the mister on for about 1/2 hour every morning to water (at least I did when there was still plants in there&#33[img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]. But since I'm getting more VFT's and sundews, the terrarium will soon be filled again. The bulb I have is a 60 watt florescent, and I'll be putting a second in there as well. Seperate switches though so that I don't have to have both on at once unless it's needed.
    I'm hoping these conditions will work, but VFT's have me pulling my hair out! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mad.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]
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    Hi,
    Not an easy area you live in, but forget the misting with VFTs, grow them outside in the Summer and water them with the tray method in semi sunny position and use the refridgerate the rhizome method to force dormancy in the late fall. In short, terrariums are not the ideal home for a VFT!
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    Quote (Maehem @ Aug. 28 2002,02:56)
    I have a 5.5 gal planted aquarium (with fish) and had the lighting problem unfortuantely they don't make florescent fixture hoods for tanks that small, they do however make incandesant hoods.[/QUOTE]
    I have the same size glass fish aquarium that I'm using. The pet store I bought it from did have a lid complete with fixture. But the florescent light I'm using is a 14/60 cool color light with a light output of 800 lumens. It screws right in to any standard fixture. Shop around a bit at your local larger pet emporiums (Pisces, Petland, etc.). They should have proper lids complete with fixture. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]
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    see, now I am really regretting leaving Canada. Have been to every petstore/department store in the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area, no florescent hoods for anything under 10g.I even checked the aquarium specialist that is run out of a storage unit... (that one threw me, almost as much as the beer in 7-11)

    Now I find out that they are available in Canada.. figures doesn't it? lol

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    Check around online...maybe Ebay? I have found so far that pretty much everything I haven't been able to find anywhere else, I have been able to find there! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
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