I am thinking of having my tank for my ball python bioactive and by that I mean have live plants in the terrarium and a substrate where it feels a bit more natural for Maleficent. Trouble is, what should I do to get the thing started?
First off, I actually know where to get the bioactive substrate via online as well as a bunch of other stuff required to make the tank bioactive. The problem with it is that it's very expensive for the tank of its size (her tank's 50 gallons) rising up to almost $300, I'm not even going to mention the shipping fees and a nice little wait.
The other thing however is that I know the ingredients to make the substrate bioactive and be suitable for the tank (via home depot), my biggest worry is what brand to get, I don't want my baby getting sick because I done goofed with the substrate, which thankfully I've done a lot of research on online to figure out what soil would do well for my python. With also some children's washed play sand to be included to the mix to make the soil have some kind of air and even to make an artificial burrow.
The only thing I will choose not to touch upon is getting actual, natural dirt from outside (people have actually done this for their bioactive tanks) because to put it quite simply is that I don't want to risk Maleficent's health just to make the tank look more natural.