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Posted by wade on April 28, 2003 at 09:29:54:
In Reply to: Incubation medium questions.. posted by Taceas on April 27, 2003 at 23:10:52:
The thing that most people do wrong with their eggs is they keep them too wet. I feel like sphagnum moss adds to that tendency. I've used sphagnum moss in the egg laying chamber and had good results but would not use it as a medium for incubator.
In my experience and in the experience of every breeder I have talked to vermiculite is the best medium. It retains the moisture for a long time, it can be cooked in the micro so it will be sterile before the eggs are introduced, it is not prone to fungus or mold.
Most nurseries or lawn and garden type places should sell it. It is used alot in potting soil. If not, someone below mentioned Big Apple, and I know the Bean Farm carries it.
I remember reading somewhere about problems with Perlite but right now I can't remember what the problem was.
: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?