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    I've had my PFT terrarium setup for some 2+ weeks now and my VFTs are starting to look a bit healthier. I do have a problem though. My Dente has most leaves growing about parallel to the ground and the traps themselves are resting on the ground. It has sent up several new traps and the three largest are almost perpendicular to the ground, grown about 3 or 4 inches up, and just starting to get teeth. I assume this means it's recovering. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]


    My problem is with my Common though. It has sent up a couple new traps but they always run pretty parallel to the ground and the traps are usually not more than a quarter of an inch above the ground, if at all. Is this indicative of a weakenned state? Is there anything I can do for it? It has a whole bunch of traps, they're just all kinda droopy. Thanks! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    I'm no expert, but I think as long as they aren't touching the ground I think you are ok (with the exception if they catch something). The only two reasons I know they would droop is inadequate water or light. Since your Dente has some perpendicular traps, I'm assuming your lighting is ok, as for watering I can't say without seeing your layout. If the common isn't dried out, I don't know what else you can easily do to fix it. But from my experience with VFTs, I've always hurt them more than helpped them by trying to fix every little thing.

    My advice is to hold tight unless it looks like the condition is worsening.

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    Hi Nick,
    Well, I have a VERY healthy typical that grows in an almost completely prostrate rosette. Most of the traps are lying flat on the ground (if they're not lying flat on traps underneath them that is [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img] ). Lying flat is not always a sign of poor health. A flat rosette could just be a trait of your plant. I would look for leaves that look wilted or are yellowing (or browning), or mis-shapen traps, as a sign of poor health. If you could post a pic, we could most likely tell you for sure. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

    let me add a pic of my monster:
    [img]http://home.**********.com/schloaty/images/DVC00088.JPG[/img]

    This guys has a diameter that exceeds a two liter soda bottle! And it's grown even more since I took this picture (a whole 10 days ago).



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    Hi Nick.. I'm pretty sure that I've read somewhere that traps grown under artificial light will typically grow flat to the ground. Sunlight grown traps grow straight up as if reaching for the sun. Maybe next year I will move one of mine into the terrarium and see if this holds true.. hmmmm

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    Thanks for the info guys, and thanks for the pic Schloaty. See, that's the other thing, my Common doesn't have a nice even symmetrical rosetta like the one pictured there. I'll try to get a good pic or two tonight and post them, but I'm preparing for a week long Florida vacation soon so it might be another week or two. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

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    for a week long Florida vacation [/QUOTE]

    I'm preparing for a year-long Florida vacation! LOL!!! I live here!!! I hope you have lots of fun!!

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    Quote (SnowyFalcon @ Aug. 06 2003,3:34)
    I'm preparing for a year-long Florida vacation! LOL!!! I live here!!! I hope you have lots of fun!![/QUOTE]
    Thanks, I plan to. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]



    Here are those pictures. Any comments on how the plant looks? As you can see, the Dente seems to be doing just fine. The D Intermedia just went in so it's still feeling a little down. Thanks!

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    I'm telling you, they need some serious light. The plant looks too green and the baby traps are kinda deformed. More light will cure everything [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
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