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      Substrate?

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      What's the best sort of substrate to use? I've heard to use coco fibre, others say top soil so it'd be useful to get some clarity. Thanks!
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      most keepers use coco fiber. There other substrates available, and in use, but coco is by far the most used right now.

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      I use a mix of potting soil and dirt. Its good enough for the T's to dig if they want and strong enough to hold up their hide. For sling's i only use potting soil tho because it retains more moisture.

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      I use Canadian peat. Super cheap and holds burrows great.

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      I use Eco Earth, it works fine 4 my Ts
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      Coconut coir is "said" to remain more bacteria and fungi resistant than normal top soil....true or not I could not say but it seems to work well for my T's and I have T's that need lots of humidity combined with warmth and have not seen any mold etc. when there is sufficient air flow. Hope this helps!
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      Just found the bag for what I use, "Exo Terra Plantation soil"
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      I have used eco-earth (coconut coir), vermiculite, and peat.

      On this collection, I noticed that my G. rosea wouldn't touch the vermiculite, but would build a hammock offer her coconut hide and stay up there.

      For a few years, I have used pure eco-earth, but now I am mixing that with peat. Someone told me a few years ago that eco-earth is a bit acidic, and the Ts don't always like that, but mixing it with something like peat helps lower the pH. So I have started doing that, and it is cheaper. Makes those blocks of eco-earth you buy at the pet store go a LOT farther.

      I also tend to microwave my T's substrate for 6-10 minutes to nuke any harmful stuff (mites, nematodes, fungi, bacteria, etc.).

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      Toss the male in, take him out of the water dish in bolus form the next day.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Kayla View Post
      Just found the bag for what I use, "Exo Terra Plantation soil"
      Ya tht sounds like wut I use
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      Quote Originally Posted by Kayla View Post
      Just found the bag for what I use, "Exo Terra Plantation soil"
      Fancy name for some soil,

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