Sand Monitor - Eucy Mulch Substrate??

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Had anyone used Eucy mulch as substrate for sand monitors?
I was watching a you tube video where one guy is using Eucalyptus mulch as substrate.

 

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Perfect. What sand do you prefer? Sydney play sand? Brickie sand?


Hi, you need chemical free topsoil and playsand mixed together (approx. 50/50) personally I would use the mulch on top of those, but you can also mix it in if you prefer.
Do you keep a V. gouldii, and if yes, can you show the monitor and enclosure?
The setup in the video is much too small for an adult, moreso for a female because by the time a decent depth of substrate is in there ( at least 30cm, preferably more for nesting) there will hardly be any "above ground" space.
 

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Hi, you need chemical free topsoil and playsand mixed together (approx. 50/50) personally I would use the mulch on top of those, but you can also mix it in if you prefer.
Do you keep a V. gouldii, and if yes, can you show the monitor and enclosure?
The setup in the video is much too small for an adult, moreso for a female because by the time a decent depth of substrate is in there ( at least 30cm, preferably more for nesting) there will hardly be any "above ground" space.
Cheers for the info.
I only have Tristis Tristis at the moment.
mom in the market for Hatchling Gouldii or Flavi.
This is the enclosure it will be in for the first year.
 

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Cheers for the info.
I only have Tristis Tristis at the moment.
mom in the market for Hatchling Gouldii or Flavi.
This is the enclosure it will be in for the first year.
You haven`t given the size of the enclosure so I`ll take a wild guess and say something like 120L x 60W x 60H (cm)? If I`m close it will not last one year as it is, mainly because within that time the monitor is likely to be big enough to be sexually mature, and if female (a 50% chance) will require relatively deep substrate for nesting (at least 30cm but preferably significantly more). You would need to fix a barrier across the inside behind the glass of the current one to allow more substrate depth, but that will only leave 30cm "above ground" space with the minimum depth (not nearly enough). I also doubt the melamine would hold up to the moisture if the surface is penetrated? I would advise building a custom enclosure if possible (or get someone to build for you). Rehousing can be very stressful, much better to start them in the permanent (larger) tank whenever possible. I would recommend a minimum size of 200 L x 120 W x 100 to120 H (cm) for on single adult but even bigger is better, they will use all that space and more if given the opportunity.
 

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You haven`t given the size of the enclosure so I`ll take a wild guess and say something like 120L x 60W x 60H (cm)? If I`m close it will not last one year as it is, mainly because within that time the monitor is likely to be big enough to be sexually mature, and if female (a 50% chance) will require relatively deep substrate for nesting (at least 30cm but preferably significantly more). You would need to fix a barrier across the inside behind the glass of the current one to allow more substrate depth, but that will only leave 30cm "above ground" space with the minimum depth (not nearly enough). I also doubt the melamine would hold up to the moisture if the surface is penetrated? I would advise building a custom enclosure if possible (or get someone to build for you). Rehousing can be very stressful, much better to start them in the permanent (larger) tank whenever possible. I would recommend a minimum size of 200 L x 120 W x 100 to120 H (cm) for on single adult but even bigger is better, they will use all that space and more if given the opportunity.
The enclosure size is Width 1500mm x Depth 800mm x Height 600mm, made of polyethylene.

It doesn’t need to last me a full year, the plans are to have him in a outdoor and enclosure.
 

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The enclosure size is Width 1500mm x Depth 800mm x Height 600mm, made of polyethylene.

It doesn’t need to last me a full year, the plans are to have him in a outdoor and enclosure.
As I mentioned, the monitor could be sexually mature at well under one year of age so you would need to make sure there were suitable nesting options in place in case you have a female, the enclosure would only last approx. 6 to 9 months, (it has much to do with the monitor`s growth) so it`s extremely important you get the outdoor one in place within that timescale.
 

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