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      Best substrate?

      Okay so I was going to rehouse some slings (Psalmopoeus irminia, Pterinochilus murinus RCF) and I was wondering, what would be the best substrate: Sphagnum moss, peat moss or a 50/50 mix of both because I was just wanting to know what substrate tarantulas like best. Mostly this is because I never used Sphagnum moss before and don't see to much online about it so I wanted to ask for input from the experts.
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      Because I have so many species of tarantulas which need different living environments, I use a combination of peat moss, vermuculite and coconut fiber. This blend holds moisture better for the species that are moisture dependent and it also stays firm for the species that burrows.

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      I use pure bagged top soil, that I get from Home Depot ('Timberline' brand). Costs about $1.50 for a 40lb bag. It holds it's shape so T's can make tunnels in it. I don't like pure peat as it gets dusty when it's dry and repels water, and when dry they can't make tunnels in it. It's okay if it's mixed with top soil.

      I use long fiber spagnum moss for my slings, setting pieces on top of the substrate, and they'll incorporate it into their retreats. It'll hold water when I mist, and that keeps the soil from getting soggy. Spagnum will keep the cage humid longer than misting the substrate and slings can drink from it.

      Cork is a part of all of my cages, of all sizes of spiders. I angle a piece against the side for terrestrials to burrow under, and arboreals like to climb it.

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