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      As odd a thought as this may be, I just had another idea for the larger granules. Combine them with some hot glue and you could make some interesting (and permanent) walkways or vertical structures for the T itself, live plants (latticeworks or other climbing structures) or as part of a backdrop. I wouldn't be surprised if encasing a cutting or young plant in one wouldn't give it a base that your T couldn't destroy... might even make a suitable medium for growing moss.
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      That's a great idea, al! Are you going to test this out?

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      this is a great find!... Although in my opinion I'd say it would be more useful for reptiles!! YET
      then again Exo-terra Coco Husk looks very similar and B you can get different densities/sizes aha

      siick find!

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      Quote Originally Posted by JumpSpidersInc View Post
      That's a great idea, al! Are you going to test this out?
      for sure.... I will post some pics when it arrives HAH

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      Everyone is bringing up good points. Mixing it with EE might be a better way to go so that if a T wants to burrow it will hold up better. I also think that mixing the 2 subs will give a nice look to the enclosures. I know the Ts dont care about that, but I do! LOL
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      I think I will when I can, but I wouldn't recommend anyone hold their breath on the when. I have four separate breeding projects I want to get moving right now since none of our past attempts have yet to be successful... it would be nice to finally have that under our belts. That's priority, but building new homes can sometimes come up at the oddest time, so who knows!
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      Nice find Jump. I don't think the light weight nature of this stuff would be an issue. Eco-Earth is very light as well. The water repellent aspect is the opposite of Coco-Fiber but I'm not sure what effect that would have. Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't cork bark impervious to mold? That would be a plus. As far as it's being good or bad for burrowing, I think that depend on the granule size. I think I would lean toward the 3\8" size. The T's webbing is what forms the burrow and if the granules are too big the burrow might be less stable. I wonder what mixing Eco-Earth and Cork Granules would do?

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      J!m, I am so eager to try this... I have 3 spare tanks (10-gal.) that I want to set up... one with just the cork, one with say, EE and cork, maybe one with Sphagnum and cork...

      Corkbark's resistance to mold is legendary... hence the popularity of slabs and rounds for Ts. My formosa adores her round to the point that her web "paths" are all on and touching the round on the outside. She even webbed her waterdish to the round! This is what got me to thinking about the substrate idea.

      Thanks to babypiggy for providing the link where I found the granulated cork!

      FaaFaa emailed the company, hopefully they respond soon and FaaFaa can post the results. Thanks go to Faa Faa as well!

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      I am still waiting on a reply email. I think I will email them again.

      EDIT.... I ended up calling them. I talked to a wonderful lady who goes by Mare. She asked what I wanted the product for and didn't even skip a beat when I said tarantulas! She is sending me out a sample of the 3/8 granulated cork in the morning. When they say free sample they mean it too. I didn't have to pay shipping or anything. I also got a price. Keep in mind that this price has it being shipped to me so your price may be a little different. $108.06 for a 25 pound bag that is enough for 4 cubic feet.

      Now can someone plese tell me how to figure out how many cubic feet I need?

      She also said that she has some customers that use this product for their reptiles but they use the cork bark.
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      I agree with it not being a good sole sub. It would be too loose, and would hold absolutely no water at all. Meaning any water spilled would sink to the bottom of the enclosure and pool. It could make a good additive for some sub mixes.

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