Orchid bark

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What does fine orchid bark look like? Is there one brand better than the others.
 

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There is fine and course. Fine is roughly 1/4 chip size of course. Use fine for small young reptiles and course for larger. I use course as it is mess free and speedy likes it.

I suggest you search on line and you will see the difference.
Note: As this is also used to grow orchid plants ensure you buy larger bags WITHOUT additional plant nutrition!
Uk example.....
 
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There is fine and course. Fine is roughly 1/4 chip size of course. Use fine for small young reptiles and course for larger. I use course as it is mess free and speedy likes it.

I suggest you search on line and you will see the difference.
Note: As this is also used to grow orchid plants ensure you buy larger bags WITHOUT additional plant nutrition!
Uk example.....
So would I use the fine for this guy or the larger? I just don't want to make anymore mistakes. I've made enough! 20220731_182128.jpg 20220731_182212.jpg
 

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I think course but a mix 50/50 would work fine. Make it nice and deep and use my hand to shape a dent for water and food dishes. I use an old cooking fish slide to mix it up and re distribute daily. Get a water sprayer to wet daily but not saturate. I change mine after 3 to 4 months and if you see poo remove and clean and stones, hides etc.. more frequently. Enjoy
 

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Why not use both. How large is your enclosure? Is course or fine cheaper? Id mix a few bags of both types.
Thank you very much. That's what I was thinking. His enclosure isn't really big. I'm trying to find someone to build me a tortoise table that's not real expensive. Again thank you.
 

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I think course but a mix 50/50 would work fine. Make it nice and deep and use my hand to shape a dent for water and food dishes. I use an old cooking fish slide to mix it up and re distribute daily. Get a water sprayer to wet daily but not saturate. I change mine after 3 to 4 months and if you see poo remove and clean and stones, hides etc.. more frequently. Enjoy
Thank you this helps a lot. I was thinking of rehoming him because I keep finding out I'm doing the wrong things for him. But I really am in love with the little Feller.
 

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Thank you very much. That's what I was thinking. His enclosure isn't really big. I'm trying to find someone to build me a tortoise table that's not real expensive. Again thank you.

Some people do DIY by finding a bookshelf at a thrift store. Lay it down flat, remove the shelves, line the bottom against moisture, and that should give you the size you need...
 

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Thank you. I can probably order it from the one in Salt Lake online. Where I am there isn't a whole lot of anything, LOL
It's good stuff.
It's available in a few different sized bags. But buy THAT one. The POTTING MEDIA. It's pure.
There's another called POTTING MIX. It contains other items.
 
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