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Sand in my Ts terrarium???


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This may be a stupid question but here it goes anyway. Would it be okay to add a little sand in my Aphonopelma Chalcodes’s enclosure? I have it on a mix of coco fiber and vermiculite right now, with about 80 percent of that being coco fiber. I was wanting to add a thin layer of sand on a small portion of the enclosure. Maybe 25 to 30 percent of the space.

Jess S

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Not sure what other members think but can't see it being comfortable on that. I know some keepers use a small ratio of fine sand mixed in with their substrate to aid drainage, but not as a walking surface. Maybe as you're just adding it to part of the enclosure you could get away with it, as your t can just avoid that area if it wishes, but I personally wouldn't.


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When I was on vacation I made a detour one night to look for A. chalcodes. In the desert I was finding some of their burrows in sandy gravel material.