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Setup photos + 'Natural' setup

Post by Mahjling on Sat 24 Mar 2018, 2:13 am

In a previous topic I was told I should make a post about my setup by @BananaPie so! Here it is, these photos are from a few weeks back, I rotate certain things in and out, but here are a collection of videos and images regarding the girls' setup. If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask, and I'll answer asap! As you can see, it's only semi natural, I haven't really attempted it and there are often drink boxes and other such things Razz






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75gal tank
Substrate is Coconut Coir and Sphagnum moss
Most of the objects inside are rotated in and out regularly with a few exceptions
Most objects are moved around regularly with a few exceptions (I do not move their house or litterbox...littercoconut?, for example)

If anyone here has any questions, please ask and I'll answer asap!

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Post by BananaPie on Mon 26 Mar 2018, 12:44 pm

How often do you clean the tank and switch out the bedding? Are you switching it out less than if you used regular bedding? Does it absorb a lot ammonia smell? Because that's what I'm worried about now that I have four mice. Right now I'm cleaning once a week for a 20 long tank.

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Post by Mahjling on Mon 26 Mar 2018, 3:54 pm

'How often do you clean the tank and switch out the bedding'

In total, to fill my 75 to where I like it, I use six expandable bricks of Coir. Once a month, I remove half of it {about 2-3 bricks} and replace it. I never replace more than that. And when I clean it, it doesn't smell, I only do a 'full' bedding change that often because I like cleaning. Every two weeks or so, I do go in and rearrange the toys, and when I do that, I stir the substrate. This makes it so that some of the surface soiling can start to sort of break down. Although even at that point, it doesn't smell--I should add I do have an OCD diagnosis, so I do things unnecessarily sometimes just because I feel I 'need' to compulsively--stirring it does make the whole house smell like fresh clean soil for the day however so I consider that a bonus.

If you don't want to use moss by the way, you can throw in a handful or two of hay and stir that in. The moss/hay is less for odor and more for bulk, for better tunnel building.

'Are you switching it less than regular bedding?'

I have an olfactory disorder and have a hyper increased sense of smell, I need to change bedding like aspen or carefresh near-completely on a weekly basis. I clean the coconut coir out monthly and still can't smell anything, so yes! I'm changing it much less. Even I can't smell anything, and when I can, it's because the litter-box (coconut?) or some toys need some TLC, not the bedding.

In a 20L you may be cleaning slightly more often than I need to clean my 75, but not nearly as often as once a week.

It's also cheaper than care fresh.

Here's 9 bricks of Eco Earth for 27$

Or a single 11lb (11lbs dry) brick of Coir + Peat.

I've used both. The MagJo is safe but is marketed as being for gardening {Organic, nothing more than peat+coir, I promise) so give it a freeze for a day or two just in case any bugs wiggled their way in and the idea of that bothers you.

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Post by BananaPie on Mon 26 Mar 2018, 4:27 pm

Thanks for the suggestions and links! For the wood, if you're buying from an aquarium store would you still need to bake or freeze it?

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Post by Mahjling on Mon 26 Mar 2018, 8:10 pm

The coconut Coir? or actual branches?

Either way I'd say no. If it's made for pet use, it's usually already been baked or frozen!

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