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    Bioactive Soil as substrate?

    Who’s read about it? More importantly who’s done it?

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    Pretty sure most people on here use sand. Richglo play sand from Bunnings. Desert creatures so sand would be a natural choice.
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    I’ve just been doing research “DescriptionPogona vitticeps, the central bearded dragon, is a species of agamid lizard occurring in a wide range of arid to semiarid regions of Australia. This species is very popularly kept as a pet and exhibited in zoos.”

    Also that it’s good to have 30 - 35% humidity which would be easy to achieve with a decent ground soil mix. Semiarid landscape would be a combination of soil/sand/plant matter.

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    I looked at that site earlier. It appears to be an American site. They have weird ideas over there. ( Must own a gun for one) A soil mix would increase your humidity levels which can lead to Respiratory Infections. Damp soil will also increase bacterial growth which might lead to other problems.
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    Brian beat me to it while I was reading the rubbish,I have read about bioactive before but it's always good to read about new developements. Anyway it's not good for beardies (not bad for bluies though)
    You definitely want to avoid moisture because of respiratory infection, central beardies live in very arid areas so moisture is their enemy. A little bit different for eastern beardies who live in moist environments closer to the coast who could tolerate a bio environment.
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    Mmm I understand the idea of a difference with species but then reading about humidity levels and seeing suggestions that even Central Beardies in captivity should be in 30 - 40% humidity?

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    We went with sand for Mango! I’m definitely going to keep reading and researching the bio soil idea maybe not for Mango as I’m pretty sure she’s a Central? Can anyone confirm?

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    Definitely central.
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    Thanks!... she’s gorgeous. We got told she’s 1.5 - 2 years of age. But judging by size charts she’s younger.

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