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Need a good substrate mix for bioactive enclosure.

Postby TakoNigiri » Thu Dec 03, 2020 10:02 am

The reptile carpet I use now certainly works, but it's a hassle to clean and Serena doesn't seem to enjoy the texture, she's always on her hides, ledges or rocks except during feeding. I have a spare bag of eco earth that I plan to use for a dig box, but I would also like to make a bioactive enclosure. We already cultivate earthworms for composting and have plenty of wild springtails and isopods in the area (I know that wild-caught insects aren't a great idea for feeding, but they should be okay for a cleaning crew, right?) I've read, however, that eco earth isn't great for beardies due to the risk of impaction and how dusty it is, though I've used it for years with tortoises and have had no problem with it other than it sometimes getting my floor dirty. Aside from that, I've heard that peat and topsoil mix is a good option for bioactive enclosures, and even a sand and topsoil mix can be used safely provided the sand is fine and sterile.
I think a bioactive enclosure would be better for both of us, being more aesthetic and easier to clean on my part and more enriching and sanitary for her. The substrate is my only real problem, since I have decomposers and safe plants for the enclosure, but I'm conflicted on what substrate would be the best for her. I already feed her in a dish surrounded by slate so she doesn't get stains on the carpet, and she's pretty good at not getting food everywhere. Additionally, I've heard that you should only use particulate substrate on mature beardies. Just want to hear recommendations and maybe see some bioactive enclosures for an example.
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Re: Need a good substrate mix for bioactive enclosure.

Postby cliffhangerreptiles » Fri Dec 04, 2020 1:27 pm

Please keep in mind that using a loose substrate is certainly a risk. You're right, the reptile carpets can be a hassle. I'd recommend going with ceramic tile flooring or vinyl. This is easy to clean, and by far more safe.

Nonetheless, if you feel ready to take on the risk, The Bio Dude has some awesome products.
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Re: Need a good substrate mix for bioactive enclosure.

Postby Wickedpogana » Fri Dec 04, 2020 3:31 pm

cliffhangerreptiles wrote:Please keep in mind that using a loose substrate is certainly a risk. You're right, the reptile carpets can be a hassle. I'd recommend going with ceramic tile flooring or vinyl. This is easy to clean, and by far more safe.

Nonetheless, if you feel ready to take on the risk, The Bio Dude has some awesome products.

Propaganda it isn't a risk at all. Tile is way more dirty when you think environmentally and mircrobially bioactive is self cleaning down to the particles. Tile damaged joints after being on such a hard surface all the time. You eliminate all their natural behaviors which is against the animal welfare act of 2006 . Tile should never be a Permanent husbandry you should always update to what's been revelant for awhile now with beardie and that's making habitual enclosures like their natural environment
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Re: Need a good substrate mix for bioactive enclosure.

Postby Wickedpogana » Fri Dec 04, 2020 3:34 pm

viewtopic.php?f=34&t=256315 here is my post is the best information for bioactive . Beardie can not be impacted by natural substrate they get inoacted by improper lighting and diet .its especially not ethical to keep them on vinyl or tile as you eliminate more then half of their natural behaviors and it's not right if you stand behind the animal welfare act of 2006.
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Re: Need a good substrate mix for bioactive enclosure.

Postby Wickedpogana » Fri Dec 04, 2020 3:36 pm

TakoNigiri wrote:The reptile carpet I use now certainly works, but it's a hassle to clean and Serena doesn't seem to enjoy the texture, she's always on her hides, ledges or rocks except during feeding. I have a spare bag of eco earth that I plan to use for a dig box, but I would also like to make a bioactive enclosure. We already cultivate earthworms for composting and have plenty of wild springtails and isopods in the area (I know that wild-caught insects aren't a great idea for feeding, but they should be okay for a cleaning crew, right?) I've read, however, that eco earth isn't great for beardies due to the risk of impaction and how dusty it is, though I've used it for years with tortoises and have had no problem with it other than it sometimes getting my floor dirty. Aside from that, I've heard that peat and topsoil mix is a good option for bioactive enclosures, and even a sand and topsoil mix can be used safely provided the sand is fine and sterile.
I think a bioactive enclosure would be better for both of us, being more aesthetic and easier to clean on my part and more enriching and sanitary for her. The substrate is my only real problem, since I have decomposers and safe plants for the enclosure, but I'm conflicted on what substrate would be the best for her. I already feed her in a dish surrounded by slate so she doesn't get stains on the carpet, and she's pretty good at not getting food everywhere. Additionally, I've heard that you should only use particulate substrate on mature beardies. Just want to hear recommendations and maybe see some bioactive enclosures for an example.

I've had my girl on bioactive since she was a month old and you can use Clean up crew from outside like isopods and spring tails but not earthworms. Earthworms are filled with parasites and they break down alot of inorganic waste which isn't healthy. Leave your isopods in a separate culture for 2 weeks before adding them into your enclosure and everything is dandy. Coconut fiber doesn't impact a dragon it's a pretty good substance to mix into your bio mix
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