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Posted by Rollin on May 03, 2003 at 20:02:22:
In Reply to: I'd like to hear more opinions posted by barker109 on May 03, 2003 at 17:41:54:
I started with cypress mulch but one of my lizards ate or tried to eat a chunk of it so I switched. As it turns out I like peat moss better because I was sick of spraying the mulch every day. Now I dump gallons of water in every couple of weeks or so and mix it up. It is a dusty job. I almost feel like wearing a mask. Peat moss doesn't soak in the water easily when it's really dry, that's why I added the sand (or maybe it was the vermiculite that helped). I think soil would get muddy so I haven't tried that yet. You might want to take that silica sand scare seriously, I know silica sand blaster sand has a cancer warning on it. You could always avoid all this by spraying or not letting it get so dry. The peat moss sticks to the bottom of the water dish I can't remember if the cypress did, but the peat moss could more easily be overlooked if it gets on your carpet since it's such small pieces. The peat is soft and lite, if you get a compact brick you might get more then you expect. Kudos to you if your thinking of switching because of damage to cypress habitate. I looked it up and found that cypress trees live hundreds of years they're not a new growth forest tree. I know I wish they would have left some old growth forests here in Minnesota.