Sundews, aloe vera, and orchids

Sundews, aloe vera, and orchids

I took my two little sundews out of the plastic boxes they came in from the grochery store. I put the littl pots they were in in a quart size open - top plastic aquarium. I put pebbles in the bottom and I keep water in the pebbles. I mist the sundews everyday. The new baby leaves are growing and there is even a new baby plant growing in one of the pots. The "droplets" are gone though. =( I keep it very moist, but they don't want to come back. Also, there aren't any bugs for them to eat right now. They just seem to be avoiding the plants. What can I feed them until they get the droplets back and start catching bugs again?

I've been hearing that a potting medium with soil is bad. So, I found this orchid mix without any soil. It has course perlite, raw fir bark, and hardwood charcoal. It says it's approved by the "National Orchid Society/ Foundation". I don't remember the name of the organisation.
Anyway... I'm not sure how to make sure the orchids are getting enough moisture. I know I could get a humidity plate, but I don't have the money for that. Then, I've also heard that I can put a tray with pebbles underneat and put water in that. Last time I did that though the terra cotta pots got this white stuff near the bottom. I don't think it's mold, I was told terra cotta just does that sometimes. They've been in the pots with their new medium for about three weeks, and they appear to be doing fine. I just want to know if there is anything I should be doing before it's too late.I water them once a week, and every other week I add food to the water. I have four phaels and one chattyl.

Simple question.... my aloe vera needs a bigger pot. Do they prefer tighter pots, or roomy pots. Regular potting soil, or a succulent/ cactus potting mix?

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