Substrate

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Substrate

Post by FairyDefender » Tue Jun 04, 2019 6:45 pm

I know the mixing ratio for sand : coco fiber is 5:1 but I'm still a little confused. Is that by weight or volume? I was looking at the bricks of eco earth & it says they expand to 8 times their size. So do I go by that measurement or weight before expansion? I am doubling the size of my tat. Right now I have 60lbs of hermit beach so I know I need 60 more lbs but I want to mix myself to save some $. So would that be 50lbs of sand & 10lbs of eco earth? Anyone know how many bricks that would be?

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Re: Substrate

Post by aussieJJDude » Tue Jun 04, 2019 6:56 pm

I know it's by volume. Bascially you have a container of some sort, 5 scoops of sand and 1 scoop of EE.

As for the amount, I'm pretty horrible at that and just judge by eye...

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Re: Substrate

Post by FairyDefender » Tue Jun 04, 2019 6:59 pm

aussieJJDude wrote:I know it's by volume. Bascially you have a container of some sort, 5 scoops of sand and 1 scoop of EE.

As for the amount, I'm pretty horrible at that and just judge by eye...

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Wow..... pretty sure I'm over thinking it, lol. I never thought about just using a scoop. I was just just trying to figure out how much to buy Image

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Re: Substrate

Post by Scarletfire » Tue Jun 04, 2019 7:19 pm

How big is your tank?

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Re: Substrate

Post by FairyDefender » Tue Jun 04, 2019 7:27 pm

Scarletfire wrote:How big is your tank?

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Right now it is 18x18x18 terrarium (25gallon) will be upgrading to 36x18x24 (55gallon). I'm hoping to use the sub I already have but also would like the tank completely set up before the hermies move so I may need to start from scratch. Plus I have one molting so I'm considering keeping the small set up for emergency iso (hope I never need it).

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Re: Substrate

Post by doth » Wed Jun 05, 2019 8:21 pm

when I did the calculations for my upgrade earlier this year I estimated 50lbs of sand to be just under 15 liters, and a brick of eco earth expands to about 7-8 liters. so maybe only buy 1 brick for the amount you're using? the EE also comes in a loose bag which might make your calculations easier, but afaik the bricks are a better value

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Re: Substrate

Post by FairyDefender » Wed Jun 05, 2019 8:29 pm

Thanks!!

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Re: Substrate

Post by odelayheehoo » Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:01 am

You couldn't pay me to figure out what ratio of substrate I have mixed in my tank, it's basically an accumulation of sand and eco earth that I continued to add over a year or so. It really doesn't matter what route of mixing you choose, whether it be straight sand, or straight eco earth, it'll be fine as long as you've moistened it to sand castle consistency with either freshwater or marine saltwater.

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