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I love carnivorous plants, but have never had much luck growing them. The one group I have had luck with is bladderworts aka, utricularia. I love the little bladder traps. Its cool to watch them catch mosquito larvae. They also have pretty orchid looking flowers! I keep some in my outside pond, but I prefer it in the aquarium. My understanding is that it's often a pest plant. Anybody else here grow any of the (non gramminifolia) utrics?

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On 1/4/2023 at 5:17 PM, Hally M. said:

Oh Wow that’s interesting! I had no idea we had carnivorous plants safe for our aquariums!! Where did u purchase them?

You can buy Utricularia gramminifolia (UG) At most fish stores as a tissue culture. The bladder traps grow under the substrate and are really tiny. The kind I have is Utricularia gibba. I got it at a pond store. Most places that sell pond plants will have it as a "hitchhiker". You usually have to find it yourself and ask to buy it. 9 times out of ten, whoever is helping you won't know what it is, or that it's a carnivorous plant. There is a good chance they might just let you have it for free. You can also buy them online on most major online places that sell aquatic plants (eBay, etsy, etc...)

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