Re: NANFA-- Grindle worms

R. W. Wolff (
Sun, 14 Mar 2004 23:24:55 -0600

I feed the fish pellets since they are less messy than other foods, but that
is just my opinion.

It is really hard to explain how wet it is. The soil appears like damp clay
like the stuff for making crafts. I spary mist it every day or so, and the
surface gets soaked so it glistens. This is usually soaked up by the next
day. Its hard to determine, since the moistness of different mediums appear
different. I would guess if you can easily ring water out of it, then it is
too wet. If you smashed a clump on some paper, it would make a wet spot, but
not water droplets?

Mine is mostly different mixed worm beddings, which are peat moss, that
newspaper stuff, and some a black dirt like stuff that appears to be little
beads. I also use my own topsoil, and think I am going to try the coconut
fiber per Ty's post. That stuff works great for my salamanders. It is real
"clean" dirt like substance. You can buy it in bricks on line for reptile
bedding - don't pay more than four bucks a brick. Or you can find it at
stores that sell live plants in the potting soil section. The bricks are the
size of a standard clay brick like used on houses for siding. You just add a
hot gallon of water to the brick, keep busting it up ( oops, do this in a
large container, a sweater box works great) . It will absorb all the water
within atleast a half an hour and makes roughly 2.5 gallons of medium. Then
you can mix it really well with your fingers, and its not messy like peat
moss. You can easily rinse it off , even wipe it off with a towel with very
little residue. It is ground up coconut husks. Not the cocoa bean shell
mulch they sell.

Ray W.
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