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Posted by IcedGoddess on April 28, 2003 at 04:21:22:
In Reply to: Incubation medium questions.. posted by Taceas on April 27, 2003 at 23:10:52:
Big apple herp has real sphagnum moss pretty cheap. I used vermiculite with my snows first clutch, and I really don't like it, i have little gold flecks all over and I read somewhere that it's been associated with asbestos??? I don't know if that's true or not, but it's so messy, I won't use it as a medium again. Ruby's preparing for her second clutch in a nest box of sphagnum moss now and I LOVE it, especially compared to vermiculite. Also, I think with pearlite you have to get the eggs in one layer? I like that with the moss, i can just take the clump if they're stuck together, and bury them in the moss.
I've never used pearlite before, but for sphagnum moss check bigapple in the link below, I'm sure others have it too, but I got mine here, and Ruby loves it;)
I can't believe you found her AND got her to breed for you! Congratulations:)
:Hecate and Diablo bred for their second time tonight. And as I'm getting everything ready for, hopefully eggs, I am stumped by the choice of incubation mediums.
:I have a bag of Perlite already. But I see everyone else using either vermiculite or sphagnum moss. Both of which I can't seem to find in my area. I can get sphagnum moss with fertilizer added, which I didn't think would be an appropriate thing.
:The questions I'm faced with, are:
:1. How should I construct an egg incubation container with Perlite? (How much water, how much perlite, how deep the eggs, etc)
:2. Are there any disadvantages to using Perlite?
:3. Anyone know of a place online that sells sphagnum moss or vermiculite?