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Post by CucumberMouse on Fri 08 Jun 2018, 2:36 pm

So I'm going to be cleaning Cucumbers cage and I want to try giving him some soil as bedding, for some better odor control and also just because I think he'd like it. Does sectioning off a part of his cage and putting some of the wet down eco earth brick sound good? How wet should the dirt be? I'm used to keeping it at a "sandcastle consistency" for my hermit crabs, so it can hold up digging tunnels for them, but I feel like getting the soil wet enough to hold up burrows could make the soil stick to Cucumbers fur a lot, which I know isn't a big deal, I just feel a little unsure about the soil situation because this is my first time using it. Undecided But I also feel that if the soil is too dry, Cucumber won't be able to dig in it...
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Post by Smee/Berlioz on Fri 11 Jan 2019, 8:24 pm

I use Eco earth in my mice cage and I put it in a deep container so they can go in and dig if they want then I have regular bedding in the rest of the cage. They both love the eco earth so I don't see why it couldn't be used as regular bedding. From my experience it should be ok.

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Post by CallaLily on Wed 16 Jan 2019, 1:56 pm

I’ve not used cocofiber with mice but I would imagine you don’t want it as moist as you would use for land hermit crabs. I would try it out where it’s just a tiny bit damp and see how that works. None of my mice were very big diggers and even when they did dig it wasn’t at all like the crabs tunnel, so I really don’t think it would be necessary for it to be sand castle consistency for the mice. Mostly my mice just like to kick up piles of bedding over toys or hides, usually near openings.

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Post by chiroptera on Fri 18 Jan 2019, 11:23 pm

I know @Mahjling uses and loves eco earth for their mice! Pinging so they may be able to give advice. Smile

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Post by Adamaris on Wed 23 Jan 2019, 10:31 pm

Being someone who loves more natural setups I am probably going to use this. You could probably make one side of the setup super deep and then go shallow. A little like a natural hill. Also you could bury tunnels under it yourself but then you have to remember to take them out and clean them. At least this way he can enjoy a proper tunnel.
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Post by j.n379 on Sat 26 Jan 2019, 8:06 pm

I had mold issues when I put it in wet. You want it dry enough that it no longer forms a fog on the glass of the tank (if using other materials just check it against something else glass)

I expand the brick in a bucket, stir it once a day and wait a few days after expanding to put it in the tank. I use it under the wheels where the waste accumulates, and they were so excited the first few times. Now it's normal to them but the first time they popcorned all over the place and wiggled around in it.
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Post by FuzzyMouse on Fri 22 Mar 2019, 10:12 pm

Would you need to clean the eco earth in any way? ( I assume no because it’s meant to just be washed and put in)


Edit: and in case you’re wondering why I posted here I just didn’t want to make another topic since this ones already about eco earth
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Post by j.n379 on Sat 23 Mar 2019, 5:32 am

Well it's basically dirt. I didn't sanitize it through any means, but then Gus had mites and we're not sure where they came from our even particularly well when they happened first. I would think the only way to "clean" it at all would be to bake or freeze it to eliminate any living organisms.
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