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right got myself all sorted for the coming year gonna be my first for breeding and would like to get it right so to speak,bought a vivtronic incubator was just wondering what subtrates you folks find the best and how do you use them,perlite,vermiculite,spagnam moss and peat have all been read about would just like some feedback on quantities,methods etc
 

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i think its a personal thing mate, (if you have no probs when you first use something why change) i personally use vermiculite and sphagnum moss mixed 50/50 with water by WEIGHT not volume its works out about the same consistency as when you soak it in water then squeeze all the water out.. but i dont like this as it crushes the vermiculite which i think then affects its absorbancy( me being fussy !) as long as you use reliable stats/heating element/humidity gauges you should be able to set it up well in advance and get it pretty much spot on..
i use RENA COR as my heating element which ive found to brilliant for me!
(its an aquarium heat tape/wire)
i know you have a purpose incubator but thought id put it for anyone reading..
 

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I use corse grain vermiculite with a layer of spagnum on top of it. I then over the eggs with another layer of spagnum. Tip do not panic if your eggs change colour if you use spagnum. I thought they were all going bad the first time I used it. I did try perlite last year. the white stuff bit like vermiculite but man made but I did not like it and it stick to everything. Pls had a clutch of snow corns hatch on it and had hell on trying to find them when they hatched.
 

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i think its a personal thing mate, (if you have no probs when you first use something why change) i personally use vermiculite and sphagnum moss mixed 50/50 with water by WEIGHT not volume its works out about the same consistency as when you soak it in water then squeeze all the water out.. but i dont like this as it crushes the vermiculite which i think then affects its absorbancy( me being fussy !) as long as you use reliable stats/heating element/humidity gauges you should be able to set it up well in advance and get it pretty much spot on..
i use RENA COR as my heating element which ive found to brilliant for me!
(its an aquarium heat tape/wire)
i know you have a purpose incubator but thought id put it for anyone reading..
ok so i know 1 gallon of water weighs 8lbs from fishkeeping experience :lol2: and could work out smaller amounts based on that assumption,crushing the vermiculite affecting the absorb thats summatt i havent heard but will take on board thanks ...habistat stat,infa red bulb for heat and digital humidity/temp monitor/guage on its way so i think im on the right track
 

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i think its a personal thing mate, (if you have no probs when you first use something why change) i personally use vermiculite and sphagnum moss mixed 50/50 with water by WEIGHT not volume its works out about the same consistency as when you soak it in water then squeeze all the water out.. but i dont like this as it crushes the vermiculite which i think then affects its absorbancy( me being fussy !) as long as you use reliable stats/heating element/humidity gauges you should be able to set it up well in advance and get it pretty much spot on..
i use RENA COR as my heating element which ive found to brilliant for me!
(its an aquarium heat tape/wire)
i know you have a purpose incubator but thought id put it for anyone reading..

I use corse grain vermiculite with a layer of spagnum on top of it. I then over the eggs with another layer of spagnum. Tip do not panic if your eggs change colour if you use spagnum. I thought they were all going bad the first time I used it. I did try perlite last year. the white stuff bit like vermiculite but man made but I did not like it and it stick to everything. Pls had a clutch of snow corns hatch on it and had hell on trying to find them when they hatched.
Thanks tazzyasb and slitherin, you have given us some good info as i will hopefully start breeding next year and it's nice to know things in advance :no1:
 

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I use corse grain vermiculite with a layer of spagnum on top of it. I then over the eggs with another layer of spagnum. Tip do not panic if your eggs change colour if you use spagnum. I thought they were all going bad the first time I used it. I did try perlite last year. the white stuff bit like vermiculite but man made but I did not like it and it stick to everything. Pls had a clutch of snow corns hatch on it and had hell on trying to find them when they hatched.
thanks taz the more info the better,and thats great regards the spagnum i know nige uses perlite,ive also got a trio of snows :lol2:
 

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I use corse grain vermiculite with a layer of spagnum on top of it. I then over the eggs with another layer of spagnum. Tip do not panic if your eggs change colour if you use spagnum. I thought they were all going bad the first time I used it. I did try perlite last year. the white stuff bit like vermiculite but man made but I did not like it and it stick to everything. Pls had a clutch of snow corns hatch on it and had hell on trying to find them when they hatched.
do you soak the spagnum ???
 

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well i thought I would give it a go but i really did not like it. Did not seem to hold water very well either. Vermiculite and spagnum all the way for me now.
 

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ya know me mate, perlite all the way..
dont measure, just pour it in
 

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ya know me mate, perlite all the way..
dont measure, just pour it in
Hiya nige, could you please tell which incubator would be a good buy for me just so i know for the future :grin1:

Thanks nige :smile:
 

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i've always done it that way, sod all that measuring lark..
you'll be fine mate
 

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ya know me mate, perlite all the way..
dont measure, just pour it in
while ruby is away on vacation with you:lol2: i put 2 snows together ...bit of friction to start,,,didnt see any porn though:lol2: left them overnight yellow stuff on the substrate this morn???
 

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yeah thats it mate, thats sperm lol.
 

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yeah thats it mate, thats sperm lol.
kool maybe you wont be the only daddy this year :lol2: will leave them together till i come and get ruby and keep an eye on the weights ...she was 320 before i put her in and its not the one that i fluked last year:lol2:
 

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320 is fine mate, as long as she isnt skinny looking and has good muscle tone.
 

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Can i ask you guys as you know lots more about breeding then me, do you have to hibernat your corn before breeding as i've heard lots of different things from different people so i'm a little confused...
 
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