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Hey sorry for asking so many seperate questions and notasking them at the same time. So since I hav my heli in the same tank as my other terrarium plants(2highland Neps,2chepalotus,D.alicea,D.capenses,and 2mexican pings) right now I hav the lights on a timer on a 12/12 light cycle to simulate winter and ill bump it up to 14hr days and finaly 16 hr days by spring time. Will this be an ok scedual for my heli as well? Or should I make a seperate tank that runs 16 hr days year round for my heliamphora heterodoxa x minor? Thanks again oh and can you mist helis too much? Is 2-6or 7 times a day too much misting?

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Heliamphora tatei
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Sarracenia purpurea
Sarracenia purpurea  
Hi Norman,
         First I always enjoy hear from you and always want to be here for you and this wonderful hobby we both enjoy so much!  Your timing on your lighting system is the same as mine and have worked well for ALL my carnivorous plants and that as you know is a lot of years, and note if I'm having a school over to see my plants I jack up the hours to 18-20 hours for a week or two to got more coloring and you can do the same or at less test it out to see if your plants color up more, but be careful of the hot temperature, never let it get warmer then 85 degrees! I do have my highlanders in a different tank and has a good mix of the others in my lowlander tank because highlander carnivorous plants can not take the heat as well and I have double fans to make sure they have a great cool down at night! I glad to hear you have the two tanks for separating tanks is great for a list of great reason like this cool down and space etc. Thanks my friend and please keep me posted on your plants and your add on plants!  Dan (Daniel Lee Bowen)  

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SOME HAVE CALLED ME THE TERRARIUM EXPERT BECAUSE OF HAVING OVER 50 YEARS IN THIS WONDERFUL HOBBY. NOW WITH MY GREAT TIPS ON HOW TO HAVE AND KEEP THE BEST LOOKING CARNIVOROUS PLANTS AND A LIST OF CARNIVOROUS PLANTS BEST SUITED TO USE IN YOUR TERRARIUM. IF YOU NEED HELP OR INFO. ON HOW TO GROW OR SET-UP YOUR OWN TERRARIUM THEN I WOULD BE HAPPY TO HELP YOU. NOW WITH THE RIGHT TOOLS OF SET-UP WITH CARE STEPS OF GREAT INFO. AND THE RIGHT CARNIVOROUS PLANTS FROM GREAT GROWER YOU TOO WILL HAVE THOSE THRIVING COLORFUL PLANTS YOU HAVE ALWAYS WANTED INSIDE YOUR TERRARIUM!

Experience

I have been joying growing many species of carnivorous plants and in the study as to how best to get them to thrive in different kinds of terrariums set-ups. I have be in this wonderful hobby for well over 50 years now and I have faced all kind of problems head on and thru learning how to grow carnivorous plants with the right kind of lighting thru great set ups that support and protect long term care. I started this wonderful hobby by growing my first Venus Flytrap at the age of 6 and today at the age of 59 I now have well over 600 thriving carnivorous plants. I face questions and answers all the time with my friends on line and all of them tell me I should be doing this kind of support work and please note, I'm not here to sell anything but to give help to whom ever needs it. Please let me know if I can help, Thanks!

Organizations
I'm the host of "How to Garden Work Shop" Lowes at 7848 Hw 35 North San Antonio, Texas where we meet every Sat. from 10AM-12PM Also work as a Garden Pro. Wed. thru Sun. I'm starting the first 'Carnivorous Plant Club' in Texas with the great help from some kind garden clubs outside the state. Have it up and running by July 2014 so if you are wanting to join please sign up now for field trips and many work shops and how to shops with a lot of good stuff coming up soon.

Publications
Author of, 'A Carnivorous Planted Terrarium' found at 'Barns & Nobles' finer book stores rated my book at 4 1/2 stars. I have five other books under my belt and working on my next to be out in Oct. 2012

Education/Credentials
B.S. Math/accounting 1974 Owned D & R Design a large landscaping & Pool co. for 34 years Carnivorous plants have been a big part of my life 1961-2012

Awards and Honors
I recieved "The Best in Swimming Pool Design" from 'Better Homes and Garden" with a four page layout and story in 1996 and again with story and layout in 1999 I also recieved "The Best in design of a Pond and Water fall" First place 'Better Homes & Garden' with a three page spead in 2001 and again in 2003 'First place' also for Best landscaping Design award with "The Mcallen Garden Club" for the following years, 1990,1992, 1995, 1997 and in 1999

Past/Present Clients
I have well over 20,000 past clients and all from Texas. I'm retired but still take on some pool, pond, waterfall, lighting and landscaping design work

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