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PostSubject: Chia seeds as in-tank accessory   1/22/2016, 4:57 pm

I took some supplement-bag chia seeds and threw them around outside and noted they flourished,I wonder if I can do the same in the coco substrate of the forest scorpion enclosure.has anyone tried something like this?
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PostSubject: Re: Chia seeds as in-tank accessory   1/28/2016, 12:53 pm

You can certainly grow some plants in a scorpion enclosure. However, unless you are prepared to spend a lot of time and money on setting up a specialist terrarium plant lighting system, you'll struggle to grow most plants successfully.

As for growing chia seeds (I had to google what they are, Salvia hispanica apparently), I would be hesitant to use them in a scorpion enclosure. Salvias, such as common sage, often have very pungent smelling leaves, which could bother or even harm a scorpion. Nice on food, though!
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PostSubject: Re: Chia seeds as in-tank accessory   1/30/2016, 8:30 pm

Chia seeds are the same littleplants that sprout up off chia pets and they sell them in health food stores. they grow on anything and bunch up together in carpets
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PostSubject: Re: Chia seeds as in-tank accessory   1/31/2016, 12:15 am

Ah,I cant post links being new,I'll try to message them to Callum,but anyway...
I had a quick look,this page was the most helpful.
To summarise briefly - they are edible,but they do have medicinal properties,usually you avoid using anything with medicinal properties in an animal enclosure,although these seem pretty mild.
This link details the compounds,you can research further if you wish,there are probably reports on whether those compounds are toxic to inverts,but it seems the medicinal compounds are found in the roots rather than the leaves.
 


Apart from that,I would say they are not overly suited to most scorpion tanks as they can grow to 19",and are an outdoor plant. Also,the leaves grow right down to the substrate,ground-hugging,and can be up to 6" long,which would give them a large radius and take up a lot of space.
The fact is though,we can research all we want,but until someone actually tries something,we are only speculating,so it's your call there. Smile
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