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Old 07-19-03, 03:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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coconut supstrate

damn i really dont like this stuff.

every time i want to change the substrate i ahve to soak those bricks in water and then wait forever for it to dry again. Does anyone else feel this is a pain in the neck to do???
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Old 07-19-03, 04:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I only really use it for humidity loving species. Peat moss is close to it, if you need something already mostly dry...
What are you using it for?
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Personally we love it. To speed up the drying time you can always lay it out on screen. Or you can prepare it BEFORE you need it. Just a thought,
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i love bed a beast. start getting it prepaired before you need it.
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I love it, but i guess it can be a pain waiting for it to dry.

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Old 07-19-03, 05:11 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I love the stuff!

To dry it out faster lay in a large pan 2" to 3" thick loosely. Bake at 250f for 20 minutes, take out & stir around. Bake another 10-15 min and stir it a few times while it's cooling to release as much steam as you can. Stay close to the kitchen while doing this and keep an eye on your baking coconut husks, they could catch fire!

It will then be dry enough to use with most animals. It will still be slightly damp but not "wet" anymore.

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I like it.
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well im using it for my BP.

Right now im just preping a bunch of it and putting it in garbage bags for when i need it in future.

yea bakind seems like a good idea but other people using my kitchen prefer that i keep all my snakes stuff away.

well what happened that really pissed me off was i brought the stuff indoors cause i was afraid of the rain and then i wake up and find it every where and it seems as tho my cat took a huge dump in it. gross right. well i threw it all out and have to start again.

BTW... i found that its not necessary to use the 4 quarts. i started using 3 quarts and it dried a whole lot faster.
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I hate it...
TAKES WAY TO LONG!!

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remsin76: ROTFLMAO!!! That is too funny!!! I'm sure you didn't think so when you woke up to that mess :P

You're right that you can just use 3 litres of water instead of 4, I've been doing that myself for some time now and forgot to mention it.

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I just expand it in advance and store it in a container

easy!


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I like it. Everyone has got the right idea. Prepare it before you need it, use less water, and dry it before storing.

Here's something you may not know: We don't buy the pet store stock. Instead, go to the local hydroponic gardening shop. The exact same product, without the reptile label, sells for $2.50 per brick instead of the $7 the pet store wants! They also have the huge block that makes 50 or 80 litres for only $12.00!

Great stuff! Its not acidic like peat and using coconut husks preserves those peat bogs for all the amphibs and assorted fauna that depend on them.


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Old 07-20-03, 01:43 PM   #14 (permalink)
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alrihgt so i thoguht i was so coola nd smart by putting it into a gabage bag and putting it somewhere high so my cats cant get to it....i was wrong. after a whole day of drying and prepping that stuff my cats did me dirty again.

so, so far out of the 3 bricks that i bought only one of them are getting used and the other 2 became cat litter.
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Maybe you should start marketing the stuff AS cat litter, they seem to really like it! LOL

While I sympathize with your plight, I'd pay to see the look on your face after you discovered all that prep time was devoted to providing a comfy place for your cat to make a deposit.

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