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    Thread: Reusing dirt?

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      Reusing dirt?

      I've got a big 20-gallon tub I keep half-full of dirt, where I house my springtails and isopods. The dirt that goes in there is accumulated from cleaning out spider tanks, as well as crickets and mealworms. My populations of the Springtails and Isopods are quite healthy, and I can't help but wonder, could I use some of this dirt to put back into a T enclosure? Or would urt-hairs and/T pheromones cause issue?

      I already use a lot of it for gardening, and put all of my organic cooking waste in there as well. I keep a couple of jumping spiders in there for gnat control, and they don't seem to mind, but I also wonder if they're just more resilient since they're wild? It's not very frequent that I clean T tanks, because I spot clean and keep the cleaning crews stocked, so there'd be a lot of time in between one enclosure's dirt going into a tank, and what's in there being used for someone.

      Just wondering how possible this would be. I don't like throwing away dirt, but since I have so much of it, I don't want to buy more either. Hoping the experts here can enlighten me. ^_^

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      I wouldn't use it for Ts.

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      I reuse substrate as long as only healthy Ts have used it. I do not, however, reuse from NW to OW. Probably wouldn't be a problem, but OW Ts are never going to encounter urticating NW setae in the wild.

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      Thank you both. I'm still considering. All my T's seem really healthy, and my cleaners have done a great job with all that I put in their soil. For any soil I thought of using, I figured I would stop providing other foods to the cleaners, until I knew they'd scoured everything really well, and let it dry out a bit, depending on the future inhabitants moisture preference.

      Good thinking about the NW/OW difference though. I guess I could just keep individual dirt bins for each T, and use them on rotation, each dedicated to only 1 T. (I only have 4 *for now* so wouldn't be hard.)

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      I tend to thoroughly soak and microwave any dirt I want to reuse, but will not reuse dirt from a T that passed away, especially if I don't know why it died.

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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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      I like your idea of having the isopods thoroughly cleaning the sub. If like mentioned above that no T died then I would use that substrate as the base and add new substrate on top of that (like top soil)....
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      i recycle sub the same way you describe.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Formerphobe View Post
      I reuse substrate as long as only healthy Ts have used it. I do not, however, reuse from NW to OW. Probably wouldn't be a problem, but OW Ts are never going to encounter urticating NW setae in the wild.
      nice advice

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