Substrate for NE Box turtle enclosure...
Posted 10 April 2012 - 05:29 PM
Except, I am currently living in a zeroscaped town home with no soil.
I just purchased all things necessary to build an out door enclosure for my boxy however, since all we have are a bunch of rocks in the back yard I do not have any soil I trust. Before we moved in the land lord mentioned he sprayed for weeds and bugs with organic sprays. Since, I have asked him not to spray he hasn't. However, since we will also be moving soon, it is pointless to dig up the rock to use the possibly contaminated soil. My friend who helped me get the wood at Lowes, found a "organic" potting soil (http://gro-well.com/) that he said should be fine because it would have all the same natural stuff normal soil would. The issue with this was when I opened the bag it stunk of cow poo. I don't know about anyone else, but the idea of putting my Curby in cow poop does not sound safe...
Does anyone have any suggestions on a substrate that would be good to use? In his indoor enclosure he has been traipsing around in the repto-bark stuff. He has always done well with that. I had been told to try switching him to coconut fiber. However, when I did his eyes swelled up and skin turned red like it was irritated. The vet said a lot of people have issues with coconut fiber, so I can't use that. To buy enough aquarium moss and bark from the pet store would be pretty expensive because I would like to get enough in there so he can burrow a little sometimes...
So as stated before, any suggestions would help...
Posted 10 April 2012 - 05:54 PM
Posted 11 April 2012 - 03:48 AM
The coconut fiber products by themselves may not be good as they can cause fungal issues on shells/plastrons and tend to stay too wet by themselves. They are best used when added with what I mention above.
Posted 12 April 2012 - 06:12 AM
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