Bought bag of loose Eco Earth substrate, do I need to moisten it or is it good to go?

sid1221

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Getting an adult G. pulchripes so wasn't sure if I needed to do anything else to the coconut fiber substrate besides pouring it in the cage and packing it a bit.
 

bryverine

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Getting an adult G. pulchripes so wasn't sure if I needed to do anything else to the coconut fiber substrate besides pouring it in the cage and packing it a bit.
I've never bought this, but if it's in a sealed bag (no holes) I think it's fine going straight in the enclosure.

If you can compress it is also another good sign it is fine. I wouldn't add moisture as adult G. pulcheripes don't really need much more moisture than their water dish provides.
 

Red Eunice

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You're good, just pack it as firmly as possible. No moisture added to the substrate, do provide a water dish though. I've never seen mine drink but its there just in case they want a sip or two.
 

Chris LXXIX

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I prefer as well coco fiber (and Irish peat moss) on the loose. I hate those bricks, they need forever to dry up, and here those are pretty cheap as well on 1 KG on the loose bags. No need (for such T's) to moist etc
 

Jeff23

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Be careful on the eco earth. It is high quality stuff. But I bought a couple bags recently that were extremely moist. This was the premade (not the bricks). I had to let them dry out some before I could use it for T's that don't need a moist substrate.
 

N1ghtFire

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I always bake my cocofiber in the oven for awhile before putting it in the cage. It steralizes and dries it. I bake it for about an hour at 250°, let it cool, then use it.
 
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