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  1. 2017 Largest Dionaea Trap Competition

    Congrats to Matze for the monster trap! Great to see the competition was popular and hope it continues next year. Thanks to all responsible for organising, running and donating prizes. I agree with Ricky.. be great to see a 5cm+ entry!
  2. Thanks Karsty, glad it is proving useful for others.
  3. The heatsink is part 1440HS from bal-group (Birmingham Aluminium). The profile is 300mm wide, 8mm thick at the base with fins rising to 40mm high. They do it to any length, so I ordered 755mm to perfectly sit atop my terrarium. Hope that makes sense... you can see a picture of the cross section on their website.. http://www.bal-group.com/heatsink_detail/79 The LEDs are spaced approximately 50mm apart (horizontally and vertically in a grid).
  4. Have edited this thread so the pictures now show again.
  5. Can't view some pictures

    Couldn't have put it better myself! It's photobucket blocking third party linking. I keep meaning to update my LED terrarium thread so people can actually see the pictures again, but can't bring myself to sit down and relink about 50 pictures one by one!
  6. A good way of protecting animals is by creating little 'bait boxes' for the pellets.... get a smallish clip lock tupperware and bore a couple of holes in the sides with a hole saw bit, not too large but large enough for the slugs (& snails?) to move in and out. Then you can load pellets in the box, close the lid and put in the greenhouse. Pets and animals won't be able to get through the small holes.
  7. Minimum depth for a tub garden?

    60 mm or less! I have a small 'miniature bog garden' (of sorts) consisting of d.muscipula, d.muscipula 'akai ryu', d.capensis 'alba', and U.dichotoma all growing in flooded sphagnum within a 220 mm x 165 mm x 60 mm seed tray. I'll post a pic later to show what it looks like. As long as the substrate does not completely dry out, they'll be fine in very small depths. The question you need to ask yourself is how often do you want to water them... a very shallow container in full sun will need regularly topping up.
  8. My first attempt at vft sowing.

    Have you tried blitzing the live sphagnum to a fine milled pulp? This might allow you to compress it into a relatively flat and firm surface. Not sure how quickly it'd regrow it's fronds and start pushing up though - perhaps I should experiment with this and see how it goes.
  9. Quite correct, usually it is not necessary to feed them and marginal growth improvement is in my opinion not worth the effort. If, however you have them in a naturally fly-free environment such as a closed terrarium, it may be necessary to supplement the diet manually.
  10. Hey everyone! Newbie to the forum

    Welcome Elliott. That's quite a setup you have going already!
  11. As bogtrotter says, it would be advisable to check the chemical composition of the pellets (should be on the packaging or online). That being said, you could feed them if you crushed the pellets a bit with water to make a thick paste. You would also have to 'massage' the traps a little after closing to stimulate the further closing and digestion mechanism. I have done similar with freeze dried bloodworms... the composition of those is favourable to Dionaea so I should imagine the pelleted form is similar. Just be careful to only feed a little - no more than 1/3 of the trap size and only one or two traps at a time, every couple of weeks to a month.
  12. hi from derbyshire

    Hello and welcome
  13. Hi from Brazil

    Hey Cleber Welcome aboard!
  14. Hi.

    Welcome Steve The forum is great for picking the brains of seasoned growers who have much experience to pass on.