Help again! Al's Gritty Mix
Hello! I am back! After getting all my ingredients for Al's Mix: insect screen (1/16th inch netting), ReptiBark (Zoo Med 8qt bag), Manna Pro Pultry Grit (insoluble granite), and Turface (ebay source), I have finally started making my Gritty Mix. I am making a small batch to first see if this is working? Please let me know if what I am doing is ok! I appreciate it very much!
I sifted the ReptiBark on the insect screen to get rid of fine particles. Did not double sift for large particles b/c ReptiBark ZooMed seems to have the right size (according to reading on forum)?
I sifted the Turface MVP by hand over a insect screen. I couldn't make a screener myself (...don't have hammer and nails), so I just held 1/5ft insect screen with my hands, place the turface on the screen (like a hammock), and shaked and shaked and shaked....so...hopefully, I got rid of most of the small particles below 1/16th inch (a little bit that escaped this shaking should be alright?). I know the ideal is just under 1/8th...but this is what I can manage. It just seems that most of the turface particles are more near 1/16th than 1/8. Is that ok?
I did not sift the granite. Since I live near in a condo, I don't really have outside area to work with. The lots of amount of dust (in Manna Pro) would be horrid indoor. So, I just rinsed the Manna Pro poultry mix over the insect screen in the sink. That got rid of some of the small particles and dust (Manna Pro seems to be mostly larger than 1/16th inch so not much is rinsed away).
So here is the product mixed together (the granite is purple after being rinsed). I am a bit worried about the small turface. (Next time, I might purchase the size range of avg 3/16...the 1/8 as promised by the ebay seller seems to be not very correct. Next time, 3/16 should be fine right? it is just slightly bigger than 1/8th?).
Please check over my Gritty Mix. I am worried that it is not right...I really would like this to work! Sorry about the poor resolution, my camera is not here, so I took picture with the phone. I took several...they are all a little blurry.
Also, another question is: I am planning on using the wick. So I purchased some lantern wick. I read on the forum for the placement of the wick (screening-->circle bottom of pot with wick, have wick go through the drainage hole and hang down). Is it ok if I place the screening net over the wick instead of having the wick above the screening (the water should go down anyway right)?
Thank you all for your help!!! I am excited about this mix! This is a new experience.
btw...how do you attach pictures without having to go to another sharing picture website?