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  • View Poll Results: What is your Substrate of choice?

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    • Eco Earth (Coco Fiber)

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    • Peat Moss

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    • Potting Soil (Fertilizer Free)

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      5 16.13%
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      EE mixed with peat humus.
      your dry EE does not repel water, that is the fine layer of silk your tarantula has worked so hard to lay down. Use a pencil or other sharp instrument to perforate the EE surface and the water will be quickly absorbed. Be careful you do not have a borrowed T underneath.

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      Now that is a very useful piece of info. I have a C. marshalli that seals the surface of her enclosure and though she doesn't require much moisture in her sub. a little might be nice. I have to take a pair of sizzors and cut out her water dish every day. Beautiful T but rather high maintenance. LOL
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      [QUOTE=lagomorphette;61187]I'm curious about how bagged "topsoil" is made. When that layer of natural topsoil is removed, it is severely damaging to the ecosystem. Judging from how much of topsoil is sold every year.UOTE]

      Not sure if top soil is made from compost, possibly. As someone who has planted several hundred trees and palms in his yard, I'm not exactly insensitive to the environment. I try to make up for the slackers who don't plant anything. I imagine that in one day, the landscaping/produce/nursery/gardening industry uses more top soil than all the world's tarantula collectors could possibly use in a century. Besides we're all making regular purchases of products that are far more damaging to the environment. So, there's really no reason not to use topsoil from an environmental perspective.
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      I use vermiculite. I have tried soil and it molds too easy and takes too long to absorb water. I have used coco fiber and again it takes too long to absorb moisture. I use vermiculite because it doesnt mold, absorbs water quickly, holds shape pretty well and looks cool.

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      Quote Originally Posted by jdl View Post
      I use vermiculite. I have tried soil and it molds too easy and takes too long to absorb water. I have used coco fiber and again it takes too long to absorb moisture. I use vermiculite because it doesnt mold, absorbs water quickly, holds shape pretty well and looks cool.
      And your Ts like it? I tried vermiculite once, and boy did everyone get fussy about it.
      The burrowers didn't burrow, & the terrestrials layed webbing all over so they wouldn't touch it.
      Actually, the arboreals were cool with it, LOL.

      I'm sure there are lots of other things that factor in, and what works for one person doesn't always work for the next. It's just cool to read about the variety of experiences with the different substrates. Thanks again to whomever started this thread!!

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      I use a mix of 50% Peat Moss and 50% Vermiculite( I pay about 6.40 for both). Considering switching to eco earth tho, when i run out of the substrate I currently have.

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      The burrowers didn't burrow, & the terrestrials layed webbing all over so they wouldn't touch it.
      Actually, the arboreals were cool with it, LOL

      I thought about this, and there were no problems with the spider changing behavior. I have one C cyaneopubescens on coconut bedding and one on vermiculite. They web the same (a lot LOL). I have one B. smithi that one half of the cage is coconut the other vermiculite and I never see the spider on the coco side. Maybe it only goes over there in the night? The spiders do burrow in vermiculite too.

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      I use a mix of coconut fiber & peat moss. I chose this because I don't really know much about substrate and it seemed to be repeatedly suggested in all the different caresheets i read.

      The peat moss was a pain in the butt to deal with.

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      I use EE but I've only been doing this for 9 months so I am still new. I was thinking about doing a mixture of EE/vermiculite on my new set up...
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      I'm seriously thinking about trying Poec54's straight Top Soil recommendation. It is definitely way cheaper than EE. And I really don't see a down side yet. I'll weigh in soon.
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