Peat or Peat Moss?

cweg

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Hey all,

Whats the difference between "peat" and "peat moss" and "sphagnum peat" I am looking to up size my enclosures and want to use peat and vermic. for my substrate. Saw a few different kinds at the garden store. thanks.
 

XOskeletonRED

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Peat would be commonly used to refered to completely broken down organic matter in several types of moss, and dirt, etc. Peat moss is a term commonly refered to completely broken down organic matter of only different types of moss. Sphagnum peat would be only broken down organic matter of sphagnum moss. I would go with 100% Peat because it will hold humidity better, considering it contains both soil and moss and there is no need to mix the substrate.


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Steve Nunn

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Sphagnum moss is the moss that's not broken down, peat is the broken down form of shagnum moss.

Steve
 

Professor T

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Originally posted by cweg
Hey all,

Whats the difference between "peat" and "peat moss" and "sphagnum peat" I am looking to up size my enclosures and want to use peat and vermic. for my substrate. Saw a few different kinds at the garden store. thanks.
I think sphagnum peat moss is the tarantula substrate that is most commonly used of the three. Its cheap, non-toxic, and its easy on the T's body. Some like to mix it 50-50 with vermiculite. I personally use 100% sphagnum peat moss with great success.
 
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