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PostSubject: Dirt from outside as substrate   6/26/2009, 2:52 pm

Just wondering if its safe to use dirt from outside in an emporer tank. Im worried about possible parasites. Could I maybe Microwave the dirt to kill off the ickies!?
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PostSubject: Re: Dirt from outside as substrate   6/26/2009, 5:12 pm

not sure, but really you need to just buy some coco fibre. It's only a few quid for a couple of blocks.
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PostSubject: Re: Dirt from outside as substrate   6/26/2009, 5:59 pm

it's kinda risky taking stuff from outside, sticking it in the oven for a while will kill of any parasites (don't use a mocrowave) but it won't get rid of any possible harmful chemicals. if you do want to take some dirt from outside, take it from a woodland or natural place were there are no bad pestisides or chemicals.
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PostSubject: Re: Dirt from outside as substrate   6/26/2009, 9:02 pm

^Pretty much what he said. Away from human influences, and throw it in the oven to kill anything.

But it's probably a lot easier just to get some coco fiber.

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PostSubject: Re: Dirt from outside as substrate   6/26/2009, 9:12 pm

I wouldn't risk it. Dirth from outside CAN contain a lot of unwanted things. Just invest a little money Very Happy. Home depot has some plain soil without fertilizer.
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PostSubject: Re: Dirt from outside as substrate   6/26/2009, 9:49 pm

You can easily say that plain potting soil can be found dirt cheap Ahahahahahahaah! *cough*

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