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  1. "GRB Long communication, I I was still waiting for the client to confirm when to send the shipment. This case was long and with my mistake, all the money was returned immediately after the paypal dispute has been completed ("I am very sorry for this situation and complication, paypal is blocking money to you, I will refund you money, of course.regards, david") . I apologize again. It's a shame that clients only write about the problem, but they do not say that the problem was finally resolved. I find this unobjective (GRB)." The forum has been down, so I wa
  2. I've now had an email asking me to close the dispute, so that the money can be refunded. The problem now is that if I close the dispute and a refund doesn't arrive, then I can't reopen it. So I'm going to let paypal settle this - if he wants he can email paypal about issuing a refund and they will close the dispute early. I don't think I am being too cynical; the trust has gone in this sale. Too much delaying and faff - if I were the seller, I'd be mortified and would have issued a refund well before now. I wonder how long this would have went on for if I hadn't emailed? It's alread
  3. I received the following response on paypal from David: "I am very sorry for this situation and complication,paypal is blocking money to you,I will refund you money, of course.regards, david" I've now escalated to a formal claim with paypal. Glad I paid using credit card for extra protection. As far as I know paypal does not block refunds until the case is escalated to a formal claim, at which point they lock the funds until they make a decision. So his response that paypal would not let him refund me at that stage seems dishonest.
  4. I have just put in for a refund via paypal. I ordered 335Euro of plants from David for my University on the 28th February (I tried to order more, but many listed on the website were not available). I get the feeling the plants will never arrive. I have been asked to confirm my delivery address twice, and I have "confirmed" a delivery date several times only for this to pass with no word. My last email on the 1st August remains unanswered. I have ordered from David once before, with a small order around 100euros. I received quite a few free plants (some small Pinguicula and airplants) and
  5. Thanks everyone for the replies (sorry for radio silence, I moved house recently and did not have access to the internet). It is interesting to see this in other species too - and I was growing mine in very high humitidy. I've had a lot of success growing utrics in Rotho plastic containers, where they flower profusely and grow very rapidly, but it does change the leaf morphology a lot in some species (e.g. U.calicifida begins to look like U.sandersonii). None of the others have produced leaf traps so far, but I'll keep an eye out. I wonder if only certain species can do this (e.g. su
  6. Here are some photos - The first photo (6.3x mag) shows the general form as best I could snap quickly under the microscope. The second is taken at 12.5x mag and shows individual traps. I'm sure someone else has noticed this, but I was still excited to see something "new" nonetheless. -Grant
  7. Hi Folks, I wanted to ask if anyone else has noticed traps arising from the leaves in U. sp. "Hermanus"? I noticed a small row of traps in the middle of the leaves the other day. At first I thought some small stalked "animacules" (e.g like a big Stentor) had taken up residence, but under the microscope they appear to be traps. I don't think I've ever seen this on any other species of Utricularia (I'm no expert though). Is this something found in other species? Is it a character that defines U. sp."Hermanus"? I tried a quick google but didn't have much luck finding other examples
  8. I have to admit I'm not that familiar with al the T5 stuff (I use Dulux systems which nobody else seems to use ). I had a look on a UK site called for a comparison and they have T5 bulbs - a 14W high efficiency 5800K biovital (UVA,UVB) 549mm bulb is £12.49. The higher the wattage the cheaper the bulbs are and they dip to around £7 for the 35W ones (although they can't ship these outside the UK). It seems your deal is rather good, although I can't tell you about the brand. On an aside, I get good results from the Dulux units (same website). They run at 55w or 80w but I onl
  9. I spoke to a few people prior to buying mine as it was reputed to be a difficult plant to culture...I have not met with success! I think it is difficult to culture in terraria, owing to the difficulty in keeping it colder (14-22C). Also: Poor spiders!
  10. Wow, you can get this actually grow? I have one in a terrarium and it is just existing day to day. Tried to keep temps low but it seems very fussy. It would be mega awesome to have this plant as ground cover however, it's very pretty when it is growing well.
  11. I use a spore of moss designed for bonsai, known as "Kyoto moss". You can buy it from amongst others. I bought a pack and have absolutely tons of spores, way more than you'd need for a 2ft tank (you could probably do 5 tanks! of this size). It tolerates warm humid conditions well and appreciates decent light levels once established. It is low growing and mat forming. I agree with above posts suggesting that Ping's and Nepthenes are not great partners. I always found my pings would rot if humidity was too high without decent airflow. Do you have any fans on the terrarium B
  12. GRB

    ID suggestions?

    Mobile - interesting. I used to flood the bottom of the container but initially it looked like the plant was struggling. Now that it's settled I'll see how it grows waterlogged :) Marcus used to culture U.graminifolia and it seems this is a good contender. [Edit = also, your specimen there is looking very good!] Actually, I forgot to mention the second plant has tuberous growths underneath the leaves - U.graminifolia have these yes? I suppose that would make a putative ID easier (d'oh!). Maik: I don't think the second is U.dichotoma as I have a culture of this growing in another portion of
  13. GRB

    ID suggestions?

    Heh, thanks - U. graminifolia is what I meant indeed. Thanks for the help, with luck they will flower and I can try a more reliable ID. I got these from a friend and many lacked labels(I think marcus just knew what they were), so I only had a growlist with which to narrow things down (unfortunately, he had lots of Utrics that all look similar at a glance!).
  14. Hi All, I have two Utrics that I'm not sure of the ID on. I think they might be U.tricolor ( or U.nephrophylla? - less sure) and U.geminifolia. No flowers unfortunately, just foliage. Utric 1: U.geminifolia? (The small round leaves are from common duckweed, the Utric is the one with elongate leaves. Utric 2: U.tricolor? U.nephrophylla? Kind regards, Grant
  15. Yeah, I like to plan ahead, these will be spring purchases :)