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I realize this is a noob question. I am acknowledging this before I ask it.

Now, up until this point ive kept all my scorps on a mixture of cocofiper, moss, and occasionally sand. I want to add some "bark litter", so to say, to some of my cages.

I know there are certain types of bark and shavings that are lethal to inverts, but i was wondering if any one has any experience with fir bark, or repti-bark, or that stuff made by All Natures Things (compnay name may be wrong).

Keep in mind, im just looking for something to add to the substrate to give it a more jungle type look... cocofiber is basically just dirt.

Any experiences related to these bark type beddings would be greatly appreciated, recommendations of specific brands, even better.
 
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As many setups that I see with Repti Bark I guess its ok. I believe it is used mostly as a "mulch" to help keep the moisture in the main substrate. I never have done anything like this myself nor do I plan to. I do collect bark from local trees in my area to use for climbs and to give moist species a chance to climb off of the moist strate
 

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As many setups that I see with Repti Bark I guess its ok. I believe it is used mostly as a "mulch" to help keep the moisture in the main substrate. I never have done anything like this myself nor do I plan to. I do collect bark from local trees in my area to use for climbs and to give moist species a chance to climb off of the moist strate
yeah i have plenty of bark for climbs and such, i was just looking for something to mix in with the substrate to help keep humidity decent.

this is the exact time i was thining about getting:

http://www.petsmart.com/global/prod...37&itemNo=24&Nao=24&In=Reptile&N=2030043&Ne=2

from my local pets mart.


ps. thanks for the help brian ;)
 

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Have you tried lichens and moss? (the type moss you see in dart frog cages)
 

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as a matter of fact i have, i dont care for the way it looks. i really like the looks of this one substrate, the one i linked to. but im paranoid to put it in some of my pricier species cages... i might test it out on some emps or something. it should be safe though...
 

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also brian. ive seen setup pics of individual cages of yours, but im really interested in seeing the overall setup. im in the provess of moving everything to a rack/sterilite shoe box setup, and im a sponge for setup ideas right now

*derails thread*
 

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I used a mixture of Peat moss and reptibark with my A. amourexi. I just make sure to wash the Reptibark first, sometimes it has this nasty/annoying powdery dusty stuff on it. I have no clue if this is bad for the inverts' health, but i wash and bake it just to be sure :D
 

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I used a mixture of Peat moss and reptibark with my A. amourexi. I just make sure to wash the Reptibark first, sometimes it has this nasty/annoying powdery dusty stuff on it. I have no clue if this is bad for the inverts' health, but i wash and bake it just to be sure :D
i guess i will go with repti bark, even though i like the other stuff better. Better safe than sorry!
 

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and im a sponge for setup ideas right now
What kind of ideas? The sterlite box is the way to go esp if you have a large collection. I have considered doing an ExoTerra set up for one of my larger bark scorpion sp (Rhopalurus, Centruoides) but I dont think they will be viewable due to a scorpion's desire to hide until its dark
 

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I've gone the sterilite system. and built a system of metal racks for them. right now its hot enough out side that i can just keep them out there for heat/humidity. What sort of heating do you use for your sterilite boxes? Flexwatt? Heat cable?
 
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You could try cypress mulch. It looks "woodsy." And is cheap.
 

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I used to use Repti Bark in my emps tank around a little plant i had for decoration. It was only a little piece of the tank and it helped to keep the plant alive longer.
 
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