Non-bioactive substrate but still soil

Krisuncula

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I recently upsized my beardies enclosure. I want to give him loose substrate without going bioactive. Can I do a sand, soil, clay mixture WITHOUT having to add isopods and other cleanup crew? Btw I'd love to add a medium sized fountain/pool in one corner but if humidity becomes an issue I'd most likely have to remove it.
 

smaugthebeardie3756

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As long as the other aspects of your husbandry like lights and heat are on point, the biggest issue with a nonbioactive loose substrate would be that it harbors bacteria and parasites and such. The cleanup crew in a bioactive substrate will break down the waste and keep the bad microbes in check. If you clean it up right away and take some of the surrounding substrate with it, and change out the substrate entirely on a regular basis you should be fine. Keep a close eye for any signs of illness though, and if he does get one you will probably have to use a different substrate at least during treatment to prevent reinfection.
 

Krisuncula

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As long as the other aspects of your husbandry like lights and heat are on point, the biggest issue with a nonbioactive loose substrate would be that it harbors bacteria and parasites and such. The cleanup crew in a bioactive substrate will break down the waste and keep the bad microbes in check. If you clean it up right away and take some of the surrounding substrate with it, and change out the substrate entirely on a regular basis you should be fine. Keep a close eye for any signs of illness though, and if he does get one you will probably have to use a different substrate at least during treatment to prevent reinfection.
He just upgraded to a 4x2x2 for his 1st birthday. He wont poop in his enclosure-which I'm fine with. So I wouldn't need to worry about that factor but I imagine I would need to replace the substrate every so often.

Is it common to use soil mix without going bioactive?
 

Krisuncula

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Also what would be a good mixture? I was thinking of excavator clay and some soil. Would excavator clay alone be too hard for him to dig in? I want it to hold its shape but still be crumbly enough for him to dig.
 

smaugthebeardie3756

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I've never used it to be honest, but I've heard different things about just the clay. Some people like it and some don't, the main issues I've heard being that it is hard to clean and a pain to replace completely. If your guy doesn't poop on it then that's a moot point, but with how heavy it is removing and cleaning and then completely redoing it would seem difficult. I've also heard that once it's dried and set it doesn't really allow for digging.

It's fairly common to use a loose nonbioactive substrate, although I see it more often as a dig box or just in a section of the enclosure and not the entire thing. One mix I've thought about using but haven't yet mainly because mine does poop in his tank is 50% fine play sand, 30% organic topsoil and 20% excavator clay.
 

Krisuncula

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I've never used it to be honest, but I've heard different things about just the clay. Some people like it and some don't, the main issues I've heard being that it is hard to clean and a pain to replace completely. If your guy doesn't poop on it then that's a moot point, but with how heavy it is removing and cleaning and then completely redoing it would seem difficult. I've also heard that once it's dried and set it doesn't really allow for digging.

It's fairly common to use a loose nonbioactive substrate, although I see it more often as a dig box or just in a section of the enclosure and not the entire thing. One mix I've thought about using but haven't yet mainly because mine does poop in his tank is 50% fine play sand, 30% organic topsoil and 20% excavator clay.
Thank you I will definitely use this
 
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