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    Thread: Corkbark Substrate?

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      Corkbark Substrate?

      Hi all!

      In chat a few nights ago, babypiggy, Marc and I were discussing corkbark products. babypiggy provided a link for corkbark slabs and tubes, and while looking at it, found something that captured my interest.

      Here is what I saw. -->
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      I got to thinking... since corkbark slabs and tubes are so highly recommended... what about corkbark... substrate???

      Would the corkbark be too light to use as a sub? Cork repells water, would that be an issue? Would this be an OK sub for arid-specie Ts, such as Grammostola?

      Chime in with your thoughts and opinions. I am very curious about this, and would like to hear from others.

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      Interesting thoughts.

      I think you are thinking on the right page regarding the water repellant qualaties of corkbark. However for arid species such as Grammastola and other desert dwellers it would probably make a most excellent substrate.
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      Neat find.

      Is this organic, free of chemicals or other things that would harm our Ts?
      What would be a good size?
      I wonder if this would help keep unwanted pests away?
      Wonder how it would hold up to a burrow?

      I want to explore this more...
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      I sent them an email...lets see what they have to say. I will let you know when I get a reply,
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      Quote Originally Posted by FaaFaa View Post
      I want to explore this more...
      Me too. I am seriously considering contacting this company and ordering samples of the larger-gran cork. My rosea would be a "willing" helper in testing this, I think.

      I would think, provided it IS good for burrowers, that a water-repellant such as cork would aid tremendously in keeping most pests at bay. Of course there is the T's waterdish to consider. Mites, flies, etc. would congregate around the only moisture in the tank. Hmmm....

      These are just ideas I am playing around with... I am indeed highly interested in this. I am thinking of emailing the company for detailed info on their methods of processing the gran. cork.

      More ideas forcoming, as I must step out for a few.

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      LOL, FaaFaa is way ahead of me!

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      Well, my only concern, beyond if the cork has been treated with pesticides... is whether granulated cork can be burrowed into. I feel SOME T's at least could use it. Some of my T's always web up their burrows for reinforcement. hmm

      I have used gran. cork before, in coarser grades for craft and hobby work for years...
      Never thought of using for my T's, tho...
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      I don't think I would use this as the sole substrate, but it might be a good additive into a dryer terrestrial mix for texture. I'm with marc on the burrowing, I don't believe it would be conducive to structural integrity until you got into the extremely fine which might just be too loose. However I am thinking I may order some of the larger granules (1/2-1) and experiment with using it in false bottom setups.
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      I also had thought of mixing it with another sub. I was thinking to get enough to be able to test out different mixes, as well as a stand-alone. Since it is water-repellant, maybe adding a layer of peat (for example) to the bottom would aid in draining off/retaining moisture.

      As I said, these are things I am mulling over...

      I have 3 extra 10-gal. tanks to play around with... hmmm...

      I think this would make a nice experiment to try out.

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      Yea, that's a good idea.. I could try combos of cork + degraded fir, and cork + EE ....

      Sometimes, at least IME, mixing subs. can be helpful... as an example, my NR being def. a semi-arid species, I felt a mix of EE and degraded fir would be best for her. Degraded fir is somewhat water-repellent, but not as much as cork, obv. She can easily make burrows in this.
      I have had good luck with 100% EE, 100% degraded fir, or various combos, but I really feel now, that the cork would need to be mixed w/ another sub..
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