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Hello all,

I recently made a cephalotus tank (inspired by the infamous MEOWorksCreative, of course). This has been something I've been wanting to do since I first saw their photos. I have build progress photos here for you to take a look at. I put my first cephs in the tank on May 4, 2021 - the last picture is from today, May 18, 2021

Image.jpegI started off with a LECA layer, and I put a drainage pipe as well (the pipe has slits at the bottom) - this is so I can flush the tank of mineral buildup etc. every few months.
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Image (3).jpegStarting to add the soil, packing it down and building the foundation / landscape
Image (4).jpegI initially (spontaneously) wanted to add a water feature, but because how I build the tank, it is not feasible, so I have removed it as of two days ago
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Other than cephs, I have now added the following plants:
D. prolifera
D. adelae (giant form will be added soon as well)
D. lanata
D. hamiltonii
U. chrysantha
U. lateriflora
U. sandersonii (may remove)
S. debile

It's only been 2 weeks, my cephalotus have recovered very quickly within this timeframe. One is starting to flower, I will keep it and see how it goes - it's my first cephalotus flower!
 
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You'll find some of those sundews will probably not be happy growing with each other, or in the environments that Cephalotus will want; prolifera and adelae like it a bit less sunny than Cephs might, and won't appreciate it getting too hot in summer or cold in winter (since Cephalotus likes seasons but they don't really experience them), and the Petiolaris complex likes it hot all the time, never cold. D. hamiltonii and U. sandersonii/lateriflora will probably be the most suited alongside Cephalotus on that list, perhaps Stylidium.
 
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You'll find some of those sundews will probably not be happy growing with each other, or in the environments that Cephalotus will want; prolifera and adelae like it a bit less sunny than Cephs might, and won't appreciate it getting too hot in summer or cold in winter (since Cephalotus likes seasons but they don't really experience them), and the Petiolaris complex likes it hot all the time, never cold. D. hamiltonii and U. sandersonii/lateriflora will probably be the most suited alongside Cephalotus on that list, perhaps Stylidium.
I appreciate your input, this will be a consistent work in progress for sure :)

Would you perhaps have any input on drosera (or others, maybe even non-CP) that would work best? As you can see, I've currently been going with an Aussie theme (barring the sandersonii of course), but I'm really not going to be a stickler on that. Just using what I have, currently.

I have too many D. aff. lanata - so I decided to throw one in there, at least for the summer.
 
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Anything that thrives in a Mediterranean climate in primarily moist soils will do best; pygmy Drosera, South African species, the binata complex might tolerate it (though might also take over the tank), etc.
 
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Hi everyone, here's some 2 month progress of a few plants:


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