One of the chief complaints associated with setting up a bioactive reptile enclosure is the cost of commercial bioactive substrate mixes. These professionally-formulated substrates are like Miracle-Gro for vivariums. The cost is somewhat negligible when you’re setting up a small enclosure, but when you need hundreds of quarts of substrate, that cost quickly becomes intimidating. So the question becomes: is it really necessary to buy a commercial bioactive substrate, or can you make your own bioactive substrate that is just as functional?
This article addresses the pros and cons of making versus buying bioactive substrate, plus some tips on how to make a high-performing, long-lasting bioactive substrate mix! You can read the whole thing in my article over at The Bio Dude here: https://www.thebiodude.com/blogs/how-do-i-create-a-bioactive-vivarium/the-pros-cons-of-commercial-vs-diy-bioactive-substrates
This article was written by Mariah Healey exclusively for use by The Bio Dude and originally published on January 6, 2022.