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PostSubject: Substrate for Andros   8/20/2008, 6:21 pm

Can I use excavator sand for them? Or would I have to do something like 2 parts excavator sand and 1 part regular sand?

I have no idea Surprised

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PostSubject: Re: Substrate for Andros   8/20/2008, 6:49 pm

I would dilute the excavator sand with the ratio you suggested. It makes it much easier for the scorp to burrow.
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PostSubject: Re: Substrate for Andros   8/20/2008, 6:53 pm

Alrighty. Thanks, Canth Very Happy

I assume same goes for LQ's as well.
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PostSubject: Re: Substrate for Andros   8/20/2008, 8:00 pm

Yup. Just about any desert invert that likes to burrow.

Sad story about when I didn't dilute the excavator enough...
I had a female B. californicum (california native trapdoor) and she burrowed down and didn't come back up. I let about a month or so pass before I dug up a very malnourished almost dead spider. She didn't end up making it Sad
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PostSubject: Re: Substrate for Andros   8/20/2008, 8:09 pm

Actually it's the other way around. 2 part regular sand 1 part escavator. That thing get really hard.
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PostSubject: Re: Substrate for Andros   8/20/2008, 9:12 pm

Everything is said and done now with 2 parts ex. and 1 part reg. I don't feel like redoing everything >.>

If it's absolutely necessary, I will redo it..
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PostSubject: Re: Substrate for Andros   8/20/2008, 9:25 pm

Well..it's gonna get really hard and the scorp wont be able to make it's own burrows.
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PostSubject: Re: Substrate for Andros   8/20/2008, 9:54 pm

can you re use the stuff you already have in there, like save it for later or just take 1/3 out and put in regular sand to even it out???
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PostSubject: Re: Substrate for Andros   8/20/2008, 10:04 pm

if its still moist.
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PostSubject: Re: Substrate for Andros   8/20/2008, 10:05 pm

shame to waste it
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PostSubject: Re: Substrate for Andros   8/20/2008, 10:09 pm

I could make a premade burrow... Maybe throw some regular sand in it so that the scorp can dig it out making it think that it's making it's own burrow.
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PostSubject: Re: Substrate for Andros   8/20/2008, 10:11 pm

yea but dont fill it all the way or it wont find it....put it under a rock or somewhere were they would naturally make one
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PostSubject: Re: Substrate for Andros   8/20/2008, 10:14 pm

bjaeger wrote:
I could make a premade burrow... Maybe throw some regular sand in it so that the scorp can dig it out making it think that it's making it's own burrow.
Thats what i did at my first attempt to get the right combination of sand and escavator.
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PostSubject: Re: Substrate for Andros   8/20/2008, 10:23 pm

I've got a piece of cork board (just bought some today) that I used to construct it:

The lighter-looking sand is raised up. Can't really see it too well from that angle.

Edit: Ya, Eddy. This is my first time with a desert spp. I think it looks good Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Substrate for Andros   8/20/2008, 10:27 pm

does look good.
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PostSubject: Re: Substrate for Andros   8/20/2008, 10:31 pm

Thanks Smile

It's actually raised over an inch. Doesn't look like it from the pic, though Razz

I just hope I bought the right stuff. It was with the sand and concrete stuff. It looks like sand but chunkier. I forget the exact name of the stuff.
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PostSubject: Re: Substrate for Andros   8/20/2008, 10:32 pm

did you get it at petco? It looks kinda red and has clay in it.
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PostSubject: Re: Substrate for Andros   8/20/2008, 10:35 pm

Nope. Got it at Lowes. I swear that I heard someone say they got the stuff at a hardware store.

I prolly got the wrong stuff. Luckily it was only $3 for a 50lb bag.
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PostSubject: Re: Substrate for Andros   8/20/2008, 10:37 pm

Prolly just regular sand. If thats the case it should be fine thats where i got the stuff too. And just bought one bag of escavator at petco still have most of it actually.
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