Eco Earth

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I have done my first brick of Eco Earth and attempted to lay it out in the sun, but it is still damp. Can I still use it in my slings home or have to lay it out more?
 

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You can always spread some out on a foil lined cookie sheet and dry it in the oven. When I make a brick I use very hot water (140-170 degrees) and only use 75% of the water called for in the instructions. It takes a little longer to fully hydrate but comes out more usable, and you can always add more moisture if needed.
 

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You can always spread some out on a foil lined cookie sheet and dry it in the oven. When I make a brick I use very hot water (140-170 degrees) and only use 75% of the water called for in the instructions. It takes a little longer to fully hydrate but comes out more usable, and you can always add more moisture if needed.
Oh ok. I will try the oven to see what happens. I have my slings in potting soil right now, but I have noticed it is not really smooth for them when wandering around and more work for them when burrowing.
 

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Oh ok. I will try the oven to see what happens. I have my slings in potting soil right now, but I have noticed it is not really smooth for them when wandering around and more work for them when burrowing.
I use a 50/50 mixture of Eco Earth and potting soil and have not seen my slings have any problem with it. I do take the time to screen the big stuff out of the top soil before mixing it.
 

DeanK

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Give them a water bottle or soda bottle cap with water. Misting serves to mostly annoy the tarantula
 

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Give them a water bottle or soda bottle cap with water. Misting serves to mostly annoy the tarantula
I'll do that when I change the substrate. I didn't think of doing that cause of how small they are.
 

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Drowning definitely was not on my list of concerns. LOL. More of environmental because how I've been reading that GBBs like it bone dry.
Oh good! Indeed they do come a very dry climate, however I always provide mine w/a water dish. It may not drink as much when less than 2" if it's incredibly well fed, ie FAT. I don't recommend that however.
Once it's at 2" it will definitely need a water dish and drink. I raised my AF from a sling and this was the behavior I observed w/her and other GBBs I have raised up as well.

They are incredibly hardy.
 

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I keep all my slings on slightly moist topsoil. Slings haven't developed the waxy cuticle to avoid dehydration. Haven't lost a sling keeping this way, even with my Brachys and Grammos. When your GBB is about 2", use dry sub and provide a water dish.
 

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I did the 50/50 mix of eco earth and top soil myself. gives variety in the substrate and the variety in the top soil I feel they actually have a better time with burrowing as well. As long as your substrate isn't sopping wet but just a little damp i don't see it being a huge issue, slings need it a little moist rather then bone dry.
 
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