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Post  EpicusMaximus on Wed Sep 25, 2013 3:08 pm

I saw these bags of natural fir bark in several pet stores and was pleased with the size of the chips. I think only a minor sifting job would be required.

Anybody used this for their trees? To me it beats sifting a 50 litre bag of pine bark mulch...

http://www.exo-terra.com/en/products/forest_bark.php

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Post  Ryan on Wed Sep 25, 2013 4:22 pm

Is the stuff composted? Seems to me it wouldn't be all too helpful if it isn't composted.

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Post  EpicusMaximus on Thu Sep 26, 2013 1:00 am

I know nothing about it except the information on the site and on the packaging.

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Post  Ryan on Thu Sep 26, 2013 1:17 am

EpicusMaximus wrote:I know nothing about it except the information on the site and on the packaging.
I'd say it's useless.

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Post  Ashiod on Mon Sep 30, 2013 5:47 am

Not sure if this will help or not, but I've been keeping reptiles for over fifteen years and refuse to use that stuff in my terrariums.  It absorbs a ton of moisture, decays quickly, and is prone to growing mold.  I would imagine the absorptive properties could be nice in bonsai soil, but the fact that it decays so quickly and is a mold and mildew hotbed would be a turnoff for me. Exoterra generally makes pretty decent products, but this is one I try to avoid.

edit: If memory serves, it's just straight crushed/chipped pine bark. It could be dangerous for reptiles if it were composted beforehand and not properly treated afterward.
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