Tank with carnivourous plants? With fish? 29 Gallon Tank 

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My girlfriend got me some venus fly traps. Where we live we have greenhead flies, which have a nasty bite and will leave you bleeding. So, fly control is essential.

The flytraps are going outside, but I'd like to use one of my empty tanks to house some carnivourous plants - Insectavours.

I'd LOVE to be able to split a 29 horrizontally with the plants on top. Perhaps I can make a ledge that will cover one half of the tank?
 

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You mean kind of like a paludarium right? This is what comes to mind for me https://www.paludariums.net/
Sounds like it would be cool.
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Well, first off, thanks for post a topic in my area of expertise, CP's. First Venus fly traps aren't gonna rid you of an insect population but if it does get one, its awesome.

Back to you aquarium, the problem with VFT's in an aquarium is they need winter dormancy.

https://cobraplant.com/index.php?main_page=page&id=8 This is a care sheet link.

Now there is tropical carnivorous plants that would thrive n a situation like your invisioned setup with high light like T5's. Tropical sundews(beware there are non tropical sundews) and butterworts. Also utricularias.

If you want more in depth info on Carnivorous plants (CP's)

Let me know.

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I will mention Nepenthes(tropical pitcher plants but they grow quite large.
 
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Yeah, I wasn't planning on putting the flytraps in the tanks for that reason. I'd like something tropical, I guess, that doesn't require wintering. But that's not a must, though, because I'd liketo set it up such that I can remove the plants at will - hence the shelf I was talking about.

Sundews are at the top of my list, though.

I want to put pitcher plants outside.
 

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CPs are more work than a fish tank! VFTs will not help with your bug problem sorry to say, they are made to attract bugs

I don't know anything about keeping them in an aquarium with fish, you can get small austrailian pitcher plants that are very small that might work for you.

I know a great website and forum for CPs if you want it just PM me
 
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Jaysee said:
My girlfriend got me some venus fly traps. Where we live we have greenhead flies, which have a nasty bite and will leave you bleeding. So, fly control is essential.
Sorry, my comment it OT from your question but.....
Omg, those things will take you down and have you whimpering.
 
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Secret CP website...nice.

The flies don't bite me for some reason. When I'm out working on the boat, everyone gets bit but me. AND I don't use bug spray - can't, cause I'm touching all the baits and hooks and everything. Fish don't like the smell or taste of bugspray. There are piles of dead flies by the end of the trip.
 

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Jaysee said:
Secret CP website...nice.
I would give it, I just didnt want to get 'in-trouble' for posting another forum's website on here


**EDIT**

Ok, here is the forum I belong to on keeping CPs, they have a live chat window and are super helpful. Just jump right in if you want

https://terraforums.com/forums/
 
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Kupcake said:
I would give it, I just didnt want to get 'in-trouble' for posting another forum's website on here
I don't think you'll get in trouble. Many people reference plant sites, because they are specialized. I don't see a conflict of interest with a carnivourous plant website and fishlore....
 
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Kupcake said:
I would give it, I just didnt want to get 'in-trouble' for posting another forum's website on here
You can post a link to another site as long as it's helpful to the original topic.
From FL rules:
5. Outbound links that add to the discussion or help in some way are allowed. However, this does not mean that webmasters for other sites can use this forum to create links to their sites solely for the purpose of creating links.
 

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Kupcake said:
CPs are more work than a fish tank! VFTs will not help with your bug problem sorry to say, they are made to attract bugs

I don't know anything about keeping them in an aquarium with fish, you can get small austrailian pitcher plants that are very small that might work for you.

I know a great website and forum for CPs if you want it just PM me
The australian pitcher plant (cepholatus Folicularis) is extremely difficult dur to is distain for being moved.

Temperate species such as Sarracenia and VFT's are easy if requirements are met.

Tropicals are a little less forgiving, Check out the International Carnivorous plant Society( cheap plug from an ICPS member).

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I'm about 99.9% certain those flytraps she got me will die. I hope she didn't spend too much.
 

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How come? I've always heard that VFTs need some kind of peat moss inside the pot to keep in humidity, and need to be watered with distilled water, because certain minerals could effectively clog up the delicate roots. But they aren't all that vulnerable.
 
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