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    Hello all,
    I've just repotted my VFT into a round fish bowl. I've put some sarahn wrap over the mouth of the bowl as a cover and to keep the humidity in. My husband thinks I should poke air holes thru the plastic to give it air, I'm not sure what to do. any suggestions. appreciate your time

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    it is my understandng tha vft's need air movement to combat the growth of mold. no air movement=mold=sick plant=maybe a dead vft.

    i would remove the saran wrap and make sure that the soil is damp. the sides of the fish bowl will help to keep the humidity level up.

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    ok, thanks again

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    Hi wintertime, Welcome to the Forums [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] !
    Unless you live in a very dry climate, the fish bowl will be able to keep the humidity up without any cover at all. VFTs do fine as long as the humidity is 35% - 40% or higher. I live in Colorado and our humidity is 50% or higher during the summer, but during the winter it can get into the upper 20s to low 30% range. Hopefully they will all be dormant and tucked in for the winter by then.
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    Quote (technoracer @ Sep. 30 2002,10:39)
    it is my understandng tha vft's need air movement to combat the growth of mold. no air movement=mold=sick plant=maybe a dead vft.

    i would remove the saran wrap and make sure that the soil is damp. the sides of the fish bowl will help to keep the humidity level up.

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    Plants DO need fresh air. Unless the plant isn't green then it needs some sort of air exchange. Without it it can't complete photosynthesis and Techno is right about the increase in probability of molding. Unless I am wrong an vft don't hardly use photosynthesis. If this is the case micro-organisms in the growing medium might be suplying enough CO2. But I wouldn't count on that lasting forever. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img]
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    thanks all!!

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