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    Hello! Marine aquarium convert.

    Welcome Nathan, I kept marines (mainly native British creatures) for many years and last year I started using some of my old aquariums as terrariums for a few of my Utricularia and Pinguicula. What sort of CP's are you hoping to keep as most don't need a terrarium? I've never owned any of the spherical tanks for fish because of the visual distortion and price ;-) You would get a better volume to lighting ratio with an old fashioned rectangular tank. I also think it would be easier to keep ventilated. Personally I would be tempted to look out for a second hand tank as there are some bargins available sometimes, and then fit whatever lighting you decide you need afterwards. I did once winter a couple of Nepenthes in an up on end 3ft all glass tank with a light on top and a reptile heat pad stuck to one side! best of luck whatever you decide and keep us all posted about how you get on. Triona
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    Drosera ID help needed.

    I've just compared them with my tiny Drosera rotundifolia seedlings but the leaves on yours don't look as rounded. I wonder if they are D. anglica seedlings? my seedlings are the same size with leaves more oval andthey haven't yet really developed themuch longer stems yet. They look a lot like yours but I'm assuming the seeds I got from the CPS are correct and they sphagnum I've grown them on wasn't contaminated with other seeds. The other possibility is D.intermedia? It might be worth searching the forum to see if anyone has put up seedling photo's of all three. Maybe we could do with a freebie seedling before and after ID section :-). I find the freebies as exciting as the bought ones, sort of "Lucky Dip" Good luck with them.
  3. I have always taken it to be pollen, it gets washed down off the roof with the rainwater. I only seem to get it after a dry spell so now if I know rain is coming I hose the roof first and disconect the water butts. I got a lot off the Alder trees with the first dry spell in the spring, but it doesn't seem to have done it this time, presumably because nothing much is flowering. Yesterday was the first rain we've had in weeks. It probably doesn't do any harm but it must break down into nutrients after a while. I skim it off the top of the butts if I see a lot but I don't worry if it gets through because I have quite a high turnover of water. Try skimming it off with strips of newspaper if it annoys you and you don't want to waste the water, trouble is you have to move the plants out of the way and wipe the outside of the pots.
  4. Several sources both online and in publications advise boiling peat in water, adding more water and leaving it a few weeks until it goes straw coloured. The same techniques have been used to prepare water for breeding various tropical fish species for many years. The reasons there being 1) it helps the peat to sink for a soft substrate for certain fish that dive into the mulm to spawn. 2) It acidifies and adds tannins to the water for fish normally living in such conditions. 3) water left with a handful of hay in it was left until it went straw coloured, which is caused by the production of vast numbers of tiny creatures that used to be termed "infusoria". This culture was then used as a first food for tiny fry. Please could someone who has been successful with these tell me specifically what I am aiming at for aquatic Utricularia when some native species apparently only need putting in an existing fish free pool. Am I trying to lower the PH below rainwater? or culturing "infusoria" for the plants to feed on? or both? or is it that someone found this works and everyone else just followed suit and it might therefore be worth experiments with other techniques. Methods that don't involve the rest of the family peering into my saucepan and making comments about my cooking abilities...... many thanks
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    Who owns the photo rights?

    Hi Snowwy, I think various museums and venues have different attitudes. I have been taking photographs and measuring pony pack saddles for many years, usually by prior arrangement as they are often kept in store rooms. Only The National Museum of Wales has ever stipulated that I must write for written permission to use my photo's if I publish them. I've never used the photo's taken there but when using others taken elsewhere in displays and talks I have always stated where they were taken and stated gratitude for access. I personally would contact them out of politeness, I would be surprised if they refused or charged. Having said that, my brother who is a professional photographer says that when taking photo's of flower beds in Birmingham parks they used to appear and demand a fee of £150 and that was many years ago! The photo copyright is yours but your publisher should be able to advise about the legal situation. Good luck with your book.
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    Can I use slate?

    Hi Charlotte, I used slate in aquariums for fish that like soft water and never had problems. It's probably best to just check by putting a small amount of vinegar onto the surface and it should fiz if has any alkaline inclusions in it. Slate comes in different colours from different areas so if you take a small piece along to your local landscape, large garden centre or aquarium shop you may be able to match it with some larger chunks for between pots which would look good. I also use bogwood between mine but you have to keep an eye on it as it can develop moulds in the high humidity. It looks great with various mosses growing on it though. Good luck
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    Mike King's autumn open day 14th of October

    Hi Mike, I would love to come to your open day please. I just happen to be down visiting relatives in Brum that week, now there's a funny coincidence!
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    Spent Compost

    Thanks Dunc and Ian. I wondered if it would just go dark and not show up. I do like the idea of recycling it though and I suppose it could be sterilized before re use to get rid of any potential nasties.
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    Spent Compost

    I have changed from using sand/grit to perlite this year and I just wondered what other folk do with their spent compost when it has perlite in it? My old compost from re-potting used to go straight on the compost heap and thence on to the garden. Apart from perlite looking pretty unnatural, I wonder how long it takes to break down? Will it end up in the sea like nurdles? I have a river at the bottom of the garden and a sea loch only a few hundred yards further on. I realise in the great scale of life I'm not talking about tons of the stuff, the only thing I could think of was to put it in a bucket with water, give it a stir and see how much I could float off the top. There is nothing like a bit of OCD to exercise the mind ;)
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    Hi, It might be worth checking out a few marine fish keeping forums as a lot of people use RO water for reef tanks once they realize that the water that comes out of the tap can have higher nitrate levels than the water they are changing. I do know that they use a vast amount of water just to produce a small amount of the pure stuff. I used to buy a small quantity from a local aquarium shop and store it for doing floating Drosera binata leaf cuttings. If you only need small quantity for emergencies (otherwise known as heatwaves) and or have metered water then buying might be an option to consider.
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    Hello from Soggy Argyll

    Thanks Hannahraptor. At least I know that for every one that bites me, dozens get eaten. :) to be fair they are only around for about 3 to 4 months, the rest of the year it's safe to go out. I've been told it's because they like to feed on the tourists.
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    Hello from Soggy Argyll

    Hi, My plants and I live where the water butts often overflow (touches wood frantically, not to tempt fate) and the midges give the CPs indigestion. I have been keeping CPs for about 7 years, though up until 18 months ago that was on the south side of Birmingham. It's milder, wetter and harder to get peat up here, but great for my little green midge chompers.