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Old 09-22-02, 05:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Incubation Media

Just wondering what everyone uses for substrate for incubating eggs. We have used Vermiculite, Perlite, spagnummoss with pebbles at the bottom. What else is there? Which ones do you think is the best?
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I have used both sphagnum moss and vermiculite before, and they both work very well, but I prefer vermiculite........
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Perlite? I'm not sure your supposed to use that, but Vermiculite is the hatching media I'm going to use.
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I used to use peat moss, which worked great for me. Two years ago I switched to ceramic soil after a discussion on the GGA List. Jon Boone recommended Seramis, which is a European product, and I tracked down Profile Aquatic Pond Soil manufactured on this side of the pond. It works like a charm. It holds moisture, humidity is perfect, and can be sterilized and reused. It's also known as Turfcare in some stores.

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Perlite? I'm not sure your supposed to use that
It's perfectly ok to use for incubation, and many people have had great success using it. However it can be a little trickier to get the moisture levels correct in it since it doesn't change much when it is in its wet state than when it is dry.
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