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Coconut Bark?
    #373417 - 08/17/01 01:35 AM (17 years, 5 months ago)

Is the coconut bark from www.t-rexproducts.com suitable to use as a casing? It says it's made from 100% coconut shells, perfect for humid or arid environments, absorbs better than other bedding, non-toxic, bug free. It's compressed and wrapped in plastic. You have an option of chips and large size bark chunks. If this is a suitable casing would you recommend the chips or chunks? Thanks for any feedback it's much appreciated. Also is it ok to use this as the bottom layer of my casing instead of vermiculite. I dont want to use vermiculite because I would need to take the extra time to sterilize it, correct?

Edited by SumGuy on 08/17/01 12:51 AM.

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Re: Coconut Bark? [Re: SumGuy]
    #373793 - 08/17/01 07:37 PM (17 years, 5 months ago)

Remeber that you dont have to sterilize everything that goes into the jars beforehand...you sterilize the jars after they are made up...so if you put in either verm or coco fiber they will be sterilized when you pressure cook the jars...(or boil..i would personally pre-sterilize if i was boiling though so this post conters itself)

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Re: Coconut Bark? [Re: Giga_Funk]
    #373841 - 08/17/01 10:23 PM (17 years, 5 months ago)

dude, he's asking about casing material, not about his jars. No offense, but you may want to lurk for a while.

Anyway, sumguy, I think the stuff underneath it on that site --> the Forest Bed -- is actually what you're looking for. However, I'd recommend getting the gro-brick variety, as the reptile stuff is bound to be way more expensive.

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Re: Coconut Bark? [Re: SumGuy]
    #373892 - 08/18/01 12:36 AM (17 years, 5 months ago)

i couldnt find the direct link to the product youre talking about, but if it is the proper coir, chips or chunks wont matter... both will expand into a earthy kind of casing material.

but some people have reported the pet/reptile kind of coir is not good, as its treated with trich (aka green mold). gro-brick is not treated with trich, other brands are additive free as well- search (engine) for coir and you may find other brands. id either buy online or from a local hydro shop than from a pet store for coir; thats just me though.

as for sterilizing the verm, some do some dont. i think most do. you can use coir as the bottom casing layer; HQ did, but did it VERY thinly, almost just enough to cover the bottom without seeing thru the clear plastic casing container. since coir holds so much water, it may be too much to use on the bottom with a very thick layer (depends on who you listen to regarding bottom casing layers). remember, not everyone thinks bottom layers are a good idea (can harbor contams, etc.) HQ thinks they are, as they provide increased water to the casing and can be used as a *runoff* of sorts for metabolic waste. many say that layer is unnecessary. but, all bottom casing layers shes had have always been bone dry at the end of the 1st flush- which means to her that the substrate uses a lot of water from it.

anyhow, back to the verm. you can sterilize verm in a microwave for like, 8 minutes... so sterilizing it isnt really that big of a deal.

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