Substrate preference poll

preferred substrate??

  • 100% potting soil

    Votes: 109 8.7%
  • 80% potting soil-20%mulch

    Votes: 22 1.8%
  • 100% peat moss

    Votes: 363 29.1%
  • 100% vermiculite

    Votes: 34 2.7%
  • 50/50 peat/vermiculite

    Votes: 95 7.6%
  • 50/50 potting soil/peat moss

    Votes: 104 8.3%
  • 50/50 potting soil/vermiculite

    Votes: 35 2.8%
  • 75% peat moss-25% vermiculite

    Votes: 61 4.9%
  • 75% vermicuite-25% peat moss

    Votes: 13 1.0%
  • other...please state in reply post

    Votes: 413 33.1%

  • Total voters
    1,249

pelo

Arachnoangel
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My preferred substrate is potting soil.I use Hortibec 100% organic chemical free potting soil with a generous amount of "well aged,composted" cedar mulch thrown in for texture.Works great.Here's a link to the site of hortibec soils.They make an excellent potting soil..totally organic and chemical free.

>>click here<<

***When voting vote for preferred terrestrial/burrower substrate.Aboreal substrate isn't as critical as they don't spend much time if any on it.Any substrate works fine for aboreal.Thanks...***
 
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OldHag

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Im with Walter. That coconut stuff is good. I used to use Peat moss but I always got that weird yellow fungus/mushroomy/tubelike odd growing things.....ugh. I've had no problem with the coconut husk growing odd alien plants. :D ...yet
 

K MUELLER

Arachnoknight
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put me in for the coconut''stuff'', been using it for a couple of years no problems,later-karl
 

MrT

Arachnoking
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100% peatmoss.
I've never had any fungus grow in it.


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Trinity

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All my "children" have coconut fibers as the substrate. I've never had any mites or fungus growth using this.
 

Professor T

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For my terrestrials I like 100% peat moss. For my arboreal I like 100% vermiculite.

I have a rosie on a pre-molded soft rubber insert that she's done well on for over a decade. It has a built in basement, and a split level top. Its the Ritz-Carlton of 10 gallon enclosure substrate. Not only is it easy to spot clean, its inert to fungi and mites. I originally bought it for a snake, but it was too good to pass up for my T. So I gave it a try, and I'm glad I did.
 

Kevo

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Cann't really pick one as I use most the above substrates to some degree in varying amounts. Its a bit species specific IMO.
:?
 

Ryan Bridgman

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Both my B.Smithi and A.Seemanni are doing fine on 100% vermiculite. My mantis has that as her substrate too, although she spends all her time hanging upside down from the roof of her critter keeper
 

manville

Arachnoking
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i like peat moss and potting soil havnt had any problems with them
 

Quiet-1

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As some others before have also mentioned, I have been using the coconut fiber (bed-a-beast) with all of my T's. Have never had any problems with mold, fungus, or mites.
 

Immortal_sin

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Originally posted by Professor T
For my terrestrials I like 100% peat moss. For my arboreal I like 100% vermiculite.

my setups exactly.....
 

Malkavian

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Originally posted by Walter
My vote goes for "other" - the coconut fiber EcoEarth.

Coconut fiber for me so far. THough i've only had my Ts for a few days!
 

pelo

Arachnoangel
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hyaww mule..upfront...trying to get a few more votes
 

chid

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I use 100% vermiculite for arboreals and for terrestrials I use forest bed (expanding substrate), peat and verm in varying mixtures depnding on species.

Chid
 

pelo

Arachnoangel
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Trying for some more votes.Looks like so far peat moss is the substrate of choice...peace..
 

G_Wright

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Originally posted by pelo
My preferred substrate is potting soil.I use Hortibec 100% organic chemical free potting soil with a generous amount of "fine" cedar mulch thrown in for texture.Works great.

As far as I know cedar is TOXIC to Tarantulas not good to have it in your tank. (It gives off toxins)
 

PapaSmurf

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i use a mix virmiculite/peatmoss/potting soil (50% soil,15% moss,35% virmiculite) or somthing i buy it at walmart for like 3.99 a bag its all organtic i find it to be best for humidity and easy for my h.lividum to burrow in..
 
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