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Old 03-22-03, 07:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ceramic Soil for incubation?

Has anyone used it? What do you think of it? Where can I find it?

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Old 03-22-03, 11:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I've been using it for 3 years now, and it works like a charm.
Check the garden centres or hydroponics stores. It's used for aquatic gardens, ponds, and landscaping.
Turface is another product, same stuff but cheaper (meant for sports fields).

Profile Aquatic Plant Soil a.k.a. ceramic soil
You can find the link for Turface there too.

As the web page says, it's "Inert, neutral, does not leach or break down". It's meant to be a soil additive, specially in clay soil, or in ponds, since it has millions of microscopic pores for beneficial bacteria to hole up in and break down the soil, etc. etc. etc. However, for incubation, those pores work wonders for holding moisture, and the irregular spaces between the granules make for fantastic air exchange with the egg, and lessen the chance of drowning the embryo with soggy
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I have never used it but I think it might be something to try in the near future.

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A similar product called 'Seramis' is used in Europe. I got the idea from a discussion on the GGA Gecko list a few years ago. Once I started using the ceramic soil, my hatch rate of fertile eggs went way up, to over 95%. It is also a good indicator or humidity, since the granules change colour as they dry out. No more guessing or flooding the eggs.
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I've never used it but have heard nothing but great things. I know it's sometimes used for growing ... uhhh..... I mean for hydroponics. LOL
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I use it, and absolutely love it!
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