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  1. Beginner Discussion
    Is it safe to completely change the substrate of a quarantine tank every day? Or is the daily moving procedure too much stress for the frogs? My African reed frogs (hyperolius concolor) finally came in and I'm looking to quarantine them. They were wild caught so I'm assuming they're going to...
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    I am currently planning the upgraded build for my Auratus Trio. I wanna put Them into a 36x18x24 exoterra. I heard that a lot of people use filter media instead of Leca and was wondering if this one is suited: https://www.hanako-koi.de/detail/index/sArticle/60284 Which thickness and coarseness...
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    Hello! I'm more interested in snakes, but I was directed to this forum a long time ago as you folks were known for being better educated on the keeping of herps in planted, naturalistic enclosures with clean up crews. I'm interested in keeping an African house snake (boaedon fuliginosus or...
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    Is there any substitute for tree fern fiber. I live in Malaysia, some nurseries here don’t know what that is, even abg mix is rare to find.
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    I have this substrate still packed under my bed which is : coco fiber coco husk sphagnum moss And some smashed coal. Are these enough to make a substrate mix for vivarium?.
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    Hello all, I have a substrate consisting of topsoil, reptisoil and sand (recommended by reptifiles as a diy tropical mix). I noticed that it compacts down a quite a bit especially when wet. Will this be a problem for springtails or should I add some Coco fiber or something else to keep it from...
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    I am so bloody confused y'all. I have heard on one side that quality (Josh's frogs) grade spaghnum is completely fine to use for grow out tanks, while on the other hand I've heard that in three or so weeks you could see massive die offs because of lack of oxygen or something like that. What are...
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    You need to seed the vivarium with isopods, springtails, bacteria and fungi. So is it ok to ask a friend a bit of old substrate in their vivarium to seed yours ?
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    I am trying to make the best isopod substrate and I would like some feedback and maybe even tips or pointers. Thanks!
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    Hello Dendroboardians, I saw this technique in one of Troy Goldberg's videos: he used a filter mat instead of substrate in one of his paludarium builds. He described it as a common European technique. I found it looked great, but it's more on the uncommon side for building a paludarium, I...
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    I happen to have orchid moss, lump wood charcoal, fir bark, and organic potting soil. Should I just use this to make a vivarium substrate? Should I use coconut coir instead of potting soil? I plan on buying a bag of ABG mis to mix in as well. I plan on using the mix I will make for a spray foam...
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    Recently acquired a large exo terra terrarium. I dream of setting up a tropical microclimate. Want to do this right and trying to learn as much as I can. My tank already has a cork backing and substrate installed. I may need to replace the substrate? I have no idea. Hoping I can find the answers...
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    For some of the terrariums I've made, and especially one I've been working on now, I've needed a lot of ABG mix, and it's hit my wallet pretty hard. The least expensive I've seen (per gallon) is NEHERP's mix, but that's excluding the cost of shipping. On Amazon prime, with free shipping, some...
  14. Beginner Discussion
    I'm going to make a huge batch of ABG mix as I need substrate for 4 vivs. I need some clarification with the ingredients. The following are the ingredients I was able to find over here in the UK but I'm not sure if they are the same as the ones needed. Moss peat - I can't find milled peat...
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    Well, I finally have some time off to start putting together my vivarium. I have gone back and forth regarding live vivarium vs ...fake/sterile - so I have supplies for both. My BIG concern regarding living vivaria is mold/bacteria, etc at the very bottom of the vivarium - if the springtails...
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    I have been looking into making my own ABG mix but I can't find tree fern anywhere online. Should I just suck it up and order the pre-made mix or does anyone know of an online distributor of tree fern?
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    I've been using worm castings as part of my bioactive substrate mix that i use for my geckos. I was wondering whether this was bad for dart frogs. This is the substrate mix I use. 2 parts coco coir 1 part sphagnum moss 1 part sand 1 part orchid bark 1 part worm castings I topped the...
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    I'm refurbishing my old frog tank. It's approx. 60 gallon (living space 47 inches across, 20 inches tall, 14 inches deep. It's set up so that I can pump water up from a 10 gallon tank below, and there's a drain in the floor that'll carry water back to the 10 gallon reservoir. In the past, I've...
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