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My local Lowe's didn't have any either and Walmarts garden section was nothing but leftover christmas junk.
Hey, just letting you know that skinks need to be able to burrow under something in order to feel safe and actually sleep! I highly recommend Med Eco Earth (3 Pack) [link]
Not worth it at all! Especially for the risk of spreading trich and having it in your house/grow area infecting all of your grows to come. I used this from recommendation and it was great.
Ah I see, it's enough for that. It's cheaper in the long run to buy in bulk, you can a 3 pack of Eco Earth for $7.49. Each 650g brick fills up half a 5 gallon bucket and since its for terrariums it doesn't have trich in it.
That looks great! Obviously it's big enough, but just out of curiosity, what're the dimensions? Provided you have a sand bath in the works, my only suggestion would be to add some coconut fiber! It's a dirt-like substance, and meatball absolutely loves rolling around in it! Here's a link, if you're interested.
I use that stuff in my ball python tanks, and it's going to be what I use for my S2B.
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Here's the Amazon link for the stuff I bought.
I got it on sale for like $9 per 3 bricks. Normally $11 and something in change.
Zoo Med Eco Earth Compressed Coconut Fiber Substrate, 3 Bricks [link]
Looks like healthy mycelium to me. Your substrate looks like that coconut mulch type stuff, though, which isn't ideal. You're on the right track though, there's a finer soil-type coconut substrate, that looks like this, that works better.
Here is what I am using. As /u/Underclock stated, this can be found generally at your local pet store.
Brought me years of success.
Or if you buy a big brick of coir, the bricks used here have an average mass of 600g.
You can check my older posts about modified monos.
Here's some for $7.50 on Amazon.
Three pack of 650g blocks.
Amazon also have a 3 pack for $6.59 next day shipping but I had to really dig around their website to find. Here's the link - [link]
I used this!
Cheapest I've been able to find
Coco Coir Link
Damion5050 Coir Tek
Rule 1 : be patient. I would recommend getting a small grow under your belt before moving up to bulk grows. Observe the process. Get used to doing something for your grow and then waiting for two weeks before you even look at it again.
When you do decide to move up to the big leagues:
This is a list of the easiest ways to grow on a budget. Go through these teks. Memorize the steps and the terminology used. Do not take short cuts.
Modified monotubs are the way to go:
Again: follow these instructions verbatim.
These are the coir bricks to use.
I recommend using "race horse oats" or whole oats to start your spawn. They can be found at any feed store for 15$ for 50 lbs. If you don't have a pressure cooker, you can use uncle ben's ready rice and inject spores directly into the packaging.
I've had pretty good luck with these bricks
https://www.amazon.com/Zoo-Med-Eco-Earth-Pack/dp/B0010OSIHW/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=Zoo+Med+Eco+Earth+%283+Pack%29&qid=1621670328&s=pet-supplies&sr=1-3 i believe it was this
Amazon, my friend. Eco Earth Coir.
Here's Amazon link [link]
Hello! You can just switch it out entirely and should do so as soon as possible. Glad to hear you're using a humid hide, though, all things considered.
What substrate works best depends slightly on your location and particular setup. My substrate of choice is a mix of coconut fiber and coconut husk. I used to use just the coco fiber, but the husk really helps "spread" the humidity and since I have a bioactive setup the cleanup crew seems to like it more. I used to add long-fiber sphagnum moss when I had some left from my carnivorous plants, too, but have stopped that since the pandemic has affected the supply.
You can skip the vermiculite
Amazon to the rescue ;)
You can get coir bricks from Home Depot or Amazon or Chewy.
I prefer the Eco-Earth coir as I also use it for my snake's habitat 😉
Also if you don't have an insulated cooler, the Home Depot orange ones are quite cheap.
You can use coconut husk or sphagnum moss.