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Fishkeeper posted a topic in Member Fossil Trades Bulletin BoardEdit: as thanks to @caldigger for donating some fossils, I'll be sending some of these plants to anyone who wants some. Just post here or PM. Not sure if this sort of trade is even allowed, but here goes. I'm looking for some partial fish fossils, not yet cleaned off, that I can practice preparation on. By "partial" I mean broken in half, missing heads or tails, or otherwise not intact, though preferably not ones where the matrix around them is shattered and there's no way to clean them off without ending up with the fish mostly in loose flakes. I don't have any good fossils to trade, but I do have Venus flytraps. They're not hard to keep if you know what you're doing- minerals and fertilizers are toxic to them and they need very strong sunlight. You pot them in sphagnum moss (like people put orchids in), and you give them rainwater, distilled water, or RO water. To get them enough light, you keep them outdoors. Put 'em in a pot (not clay, it has minerals), set the pot in a shallow dish of safe water to keep the moss lightly moist, and that's it. They go dormant in the winter, and you just leave them outside for that unless you live in a part of the world where it's cold enough that the pot would freeze solid for days on end. If it's that cold, you bring them inside somewhere, like into a garage, to keep them a bit warmer. They divide while dormant, so they'll multiply, and they can get up to 5" tall with some very nice coloration inside the traps. They catch bugs on their own, but you can feed them bugs if you want, just don't give them meat. I also have babies of an orchid called Lepanthes gargoyla, which is a neat little orchid that's pretty easy to grow in terrariums. Place it in a terrarium with the roots tied to something that stays wet, something like a bundle of moss on a ranch, give it indirect sunlight or some sort of artificial light, keep the root anchor damp and the humidity fairly high around it, and watch it grow. Needs to be a terrarium at least 8" tall so it has room to sprawl once it starts growing the long, pendant leaves that flower. The flytrap pot I'd be pulling from. They aren't fully grown yet. I also have some baby plants with much brighter red inside the traps. That sprawling purple plant is the orchid. It has a ton of leaves tucked up behind the red bromeliad at the top, that's just to keep it from getting light-burned. This is a flowering size adult, the babies are all pretty small, and I don't know how long it'll take them to grow to this size. Once it does hit this size, though, it sprouts off babies pretty regularly from off the ends of the flowering-leaf stems.