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    Thread: Whats a really good substrate for burrowers?

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      Whats a really good substrate for burrowers?

      I use this... coconut husk stuff.

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      I've had problems with this stuff creating that weird wispy white hair mold. Though I haven't seen it rapidly grow and cover a T, I made sure to get rid of it immediately each time. Had to bake the stuff, and made sure it was very dry after soaking it in water to expand it.

      My burrowers (Boss, and Angreifen) Brachypelma Albopilosums - love making burrows, but I think if they don't make one right away it discourages them from making one at all as they web the surface up pretty well, and the burrows they do make collapse 30% of the time, depending on the size of it.

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      Addict, I buy the Zoo-Med Eco Earth in brick 3-packs.. I have not seen the Eco Earth mold... but often wood/bark on damp EE will mold..

      another idea, maybe mix EE with another sub?

      My curly hair @ about 3" has a mix of 60% Degraded fir, and 40% Eco Earth... Mold is VERY minimal, and pretty Solera has NO issues making burrows...

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      Edit: as B. albo's are such big-time bulldozers.. have you given any bark, to help her reinforce her burrow? IME, curlies want to make very complex burrows.. maybe beyond their construction skills! Solera dragged a huge chunk of bark down about 3" to hold up her burrow!
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      i use Eco Earth, and peat both, i think i like the peat just due to cost. both work fine for me.
      pete is just so cheap.

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      I used only peat for a while because it was so cost effective. The only thing about it is that it dries out and you can't hardly get it to absorb water. If I pour water in, it goes straight to the bottom and sits there in a pool. I started using EcoEarth coco fiber and like it a lot better. I am now mixing the EE and peat about 1/2 and 1/2 in my 10 gallons and all EE in all my smaller enclosures. When I first went to buy Coco fiber, I accidently bought Coco husk. Once I soaked it, I realized it was wrong. It's larger pieces but isn't nearly as rough as it looks. I mixed some of it in with peat for my B albo and she digs in it all the time. I kind of like having some larger pieces. It seems to help hold up the burrow. I haven't bought any more since the mistake but I just wonder if it wouldnt be a good idea to mix a small bit in with ts that like to dig.

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      I do similar for my Aphono. New River T as well... She is a big-time burrower.... so I gave her a mix of EE and med. ground degraded fir.. seems to also allow her easy burrowing...
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      i leave it dry and just use large water dishes: )

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