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Zoo med excavator?

Discussion in 'Scorpions' started by Deftones90, Sep 16, 2011.

  1. Deftones90

    Deftones90 Arachnosquire

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    Has anyone used that zoo med excavator substrate? I was thinking about giving it a shot with my Anuroctonus and maybe Androctonus.
     
  2. BillMNJ

    BillMNJ Arachnosquire

    I'd like to know this too. I just do the 50/50 Eco Earth and ReptiSand. If this would be easier or better for the tank and its resident.
     
  3. StreetTrash

    StreetTrash Arachnoknight

    I use it in a mix with sand and coco for all of my burrowing scorps. 20% clay, 5% coco, 15% fine grain reptile sand, and 60% larger grain play sand. Moisten this mixture and pack it down. Let it dry out and your substrate will hold a burrow quite well. You can sculpt valleys and hill into your tank.
     
  4. Deftones90

    Deftones90 Arachnosquire

    Ok cool. I too have been using the eco-earth and sand mix. But I'll give this a shot for sure.
     
  5. lancej

    lancej Arachnolord

    I'm currently using it for my Hadrurus and Androctonus. The Hadrurus really love this stuff. They have made very extensive burrows in it(and every night they dig out some more). I use a mix of the clay with sand(not really sure of the ratio, but approx. 25% clay, 75% sand). I wet it down, put a flat rock in the corner, and let it dry out completely on top(and at least half way down). Then I add the scorpion.
     
  6. Deftones90

    Deftones90 Arachnosquire

    how do the andros like it?
     
  7. BillMNJ

    BillMNJ Arachnosquire

    Think I'll try it as well. Prob have to order it online as none of the local stores seem to have in stock. Good info as I am always afraid of the coco/sand falling in on them. Guess I worry too much <grin>.
     
  8. StreetTrash

    StreetTrash Arachnoknight

    My Androctonus bicolors dug some pretty extensive burrows.
     
  9. Deftones90

    Deftones90 Arachnosquire

    haha bill I was concerned about the same thing! Right now I have my 4 andros on sand and they're just been scraping. How big are your bicolors? I have three australis that can't be more than 3i. Are they pretty slow growers?
     
  10. StreetTrash

    StreetTrash Arachnoknight

    My bicolors are adults. A. australis can take two years to mature fully, so yeah sort of slow.
     
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