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PostSubject: New Tank Setup   5/4/2009, 3:01 am



This particular tank is for a single H. Spadix. The sand that has been soaked, and completely dried of all moisture to allow burrowing. Two piles of rocks, and a piece of cork bark have been added as shelters. The great thing is, I haven't paid a cent to create it. Thoughts or suggestions are appreciated, besides those stating I need a heat source lol.
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PostSubject: Re: New Tank Setup   5/4/2009, 6:29 am

Looks like what the pet shop had my H.spin in when I got him.lol Mad
Nice setup though....and blade lol
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PostSubject: Re: New Tank Setup   5/4/2009, 6:53 am

deeper substrate might allow more digging
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PostSubject: Re: New Tank Setup   5/4/2009, 8:44 am

MUCH deeper! and give it some kokofiber and soil, the sand only will NOT give it something to dig in.

I had my H.spadix pair in +-20cm (7-8inch) deep substrate, 60/20/20 (Soil/bark/sand).
And you dont have to be afraid of your scorp getting mycosis, i had some of my A.australis (and other "dessert" scorps) 70% humidity all the vinter, without any problems, or signs of mycosis.

And support those stones a little, they will dig under it and it may fall down and kill your scorp.
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PostSubject: Re: New Tank Setup   5/4/2009, 11:17 am

If you want to make the substrate very burrow-friendly, add Excavator clay at about 30%. It really helps to support the burrows.

And yes, deeper is better.

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PostSubject: Re: New Tank Setup   5/4/2009, 12:04 pm

Lol i didn't mean to include the sai. I do need to make it deeper, though it looks more shallow in that picture, than it actually is. That's about four and a half inches of sand, peat, and some small chucks of bark. I'll grab some Excavator though.
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PostSubject: Re: New Tank Setup   5/4/2009, 4:45 pm

looks good buddy!
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PostSubject: Re: New Tank Setup   5/4/2009, 7:51 pm

I'm going to pick up some eco-earth or excavator clay, and a bit more red sand. I was thinking that a depth of 7-8 inches was not entirely necessary, and as long as I gave it a decent amount of areas to burrow under, it should be okay. I suppose its not terrible for something put together for free. Gotta love trading left-over tank supplies.
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PostSubject: Re: New Tank Setup   5/14/2009, 6:42 pm



Here is the new set-up. I'll probably take out a bit of cork bark, as I think its a little excessive. I took Mordax's advice, and made it a mix of some red sand, and Excavator clay. As much as I dislike ZooMed, this seems to be a pretty solid product. I mixed it in, and took a sample. The sample is now completely dry, and it looks awesome for burrowing.
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PostSubject: Re: New Tank Setup   5/14/2009, 10:55 pm

Much better. Very Happy

But I wouldn't suggest adding that pepper spray to the mix. Razz

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PostSubject: Re: New Tank Setup   5/15/2009, 12:38 am

Those are more pseudo-stones than anything. They're made of a sort of hard plastic. I'm thinking of melting some small metal rods (coat hanger clippings perhaps) into them, so the rod will give extra support.

I've noticed a thin layer of some sort of mold growing on the top of the substrate. This never happened with the sand, though I did not have as much sand or water before. I'm thinking of using a non-toxic fungicide before introducing a scorp into it.

Coincidentally I keep my knife/weapon collection next to my tank on my desk lol. I bought the pepper spray specially to keep the scorpion away in the event it gets out of it's tank.
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PostSubject: Re: New Tank Setup   5/15/2009, 1:02 am

mold shouldn't be a problem when you let it dry out and warm up some. why is it so moist still anyways? bake that substrate under a heat lamp for a few days and then back the light off, add scorpion, and you should have great success. if the mold is still there, throw the substrate away and start from scratch, this time no soaking it at any point.
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PostSubject: Re: New Tank Setup   5/15/2009, 1:08 am

I soaked it to allow the sand and clay to harden, to allow optimal burrowing. I didn't think that the mold shouldn't be able to survive in an extremely dry, and hot environment. I guess the mold won't be a problem.
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