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    Itís my first time making eco earth, and Iím wondering if there are some ways to dry it faster.
    I blow dried it for a bit, moved it around, and I currently have a heat lamp over it. Will this make it dry fast or is there a better way?? Wanting to put that eco earth in

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    Your heat lamp should speed up drying.

    Spread a small amount of coco fiber in a large flat cake pan. Place the cake pan near a heat register. That should help it dry more quickly too.

    Eco Earth's coco fiber is an insulator. Depending upon it's depth over the heat mat, coco fiber will reduce the heat output.

    Textured ceramic tiles ~3/8 inch thick conduct heat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    Your heat lamp should speed up drying.

    Spread a small amount of coco fiber in a large flat cake pan. Place the cake pan near a heat register. That should help it dry more quickly too.

    Eco Earth's coco fiber is an insulator. Depending upon it's depth over the heat mat, coco fiber will reduce the heat output.

    Textured ceramic tiles ~3/8 inch thick conduct heat.
    I put all the dirt in small balls and squeezed all the water out, so it should make it dry faster under the heat. I’m wondering when I can put it in? It’s barely damp and I’m using a big Exo Terra (36x18x12), so it won’t be very humid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bagelismygecko View Post
    I put all the dirt in small balls and squeezed all the water out, so it should make it dry faster under the heat. I’m wondering when I can put it in? It’s barely damp and I’m using a big Exo Terra (36x18x12), so it won’t be very humid.
    Bagel is lucky to have such a large home!

    It's up to you when you add the substrate. Only place a very thin layer over Bagel's heat mat. Otherwise coco fiber will reduce the amount of heat that gets through to warm the cage.

    Have you considered just using coco fiber only in the warm humid hide and maybe in an area 1/3 the size of his big Exo Terra enclosure?

    I don't know how you feed Bagel. Since Bagel is young (~7 months old) and may be eating free-range, impaction can be a problem when loose substrates are used.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    Bagel is lucky to have such a large home!

    It's up to you when you add the substrate. Only place a very thin layer over Bagel's heat mat. Otherwise coco fiber will reduce the amount of heat that gets through to warm the cage.

    Have you considered just using coco fiber only in the warm humid hide and maybe in an area 1/3 the size of his big Exo Terra enclosure?

    I don't know how you feed Bagel. Since Bagel is young (~7 months old) and may be eating free-range, impaction can be a problem when loose substrates are used.
    Don’t worry about him eating it with the bugs, I always put a dish in for him to eat out of because before eco earth I used repti carpet and poor bagel would get his teeth stuck, so I always fed him by hand or from a dish.
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