African giant millipede enclosure

KevinsWither

Arachnolord
Joined
Jul 11, 2014
Messages
643
I've built a new one. They should be able to breed right? People are telling me they need peat moss and that coco fiber will compact the stomachs of them when people on the forum bred them using cocofiber.

Plenty of hardwood leaves/wood plus cocofiber mixed with soil. How do I make them burrow?

19105524_1916791981924688_2287273941845413099_n.jpg 19030728_1916791978591355_1464677351969045502_n.jpg
 

mickiem

Arachnoprince
Active Member
Joined
Jul 23, 2016
Messages
1,529
Looks really good! I use coco fiber and have never had a problem. I suppose if you use only the coir, you would have a bad result.

As far as burrowing goes, they should burrow on their own if the mix is good. What kind of soil did you use?
 

KevinsWither

Arachnolord
Joined
Jul 11, 2014
Messages
643
I used this black potting mix (it was like a powder and I added water) and I mixed with the cocofiber. I mixed in a load of leaves and some fermented rotten wood along with bark. I opened the enclosure and they were sitting on the surface of it... :(
 
Last edited:

animalous

Arachnopeon
Joined
Oct 28, 2017
Messages
1
I have two young ones, I believe they are both female. What size tank would you recommend for them as adults? I planned on buying a ten gallon but was having second thoughts.
 

SolFeliz

Arachnosquire
Joined
Apr 29, 2017
Messages
100
Millipedes don't always burrow, sometimes they stay on top. Maybe mix the leaves in a bit more? I'd say a ten gallon would be better that is quite small.
 

LawnShrimp

Arachnoangel
Joined
Dec 9, 2016
Messages
908
I say using a lot of potting soil is not the best for millipedes, as it may contain chemicals that are good for plants and not for millipedes. I use 20% cocofiber and peat, 10% garden leaf compost, and the rest is rotten wood I have shredded to a fine powder or small chunks. Make sure that the substrate is not powder, some small pieces and chunks allow for better nibbling and burrowing. In your case, just mix more wood in and place leaf litter on top of the substrate. If your millipedes don't burrow still, perhaps they are just enjoying the surface.
 

Redmont

The collector
Joined
Mar 6, 2016
Messages
143
Top soil is probably better than potting soil. When I get in to millipedes I’m planning on using 70% topsoil and 30% coir, I’ll also mix leaves and rotting wood in. I think some coir is a good idea because it holds water and has anti mold properties to it
 
Top