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Substrate preference poll

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by pelo, Feb 27, 2004.

preferred substrate??

  1. 100% potting soil

    109 vote(s)
  2. 80% potting soil-20%mulch

    22 vote(s)
  3. 100% peat moss

    363 vote(s)
  4. 100% vermiculite

    34 vote(s)
  5. 50/50 peat/vermiculite

    95 vote(s)
  6. 50/50 potting soil/peat moss

    104 vote(s)
  7. 50/50 potting soil/vermiculite

    35 vote(s)
  8. 75% peat moss-25% vermiculite

    61 vote(s)
  9. 75% vermicuite-25% peat moss

    13 vote(s)
  10. other...please state in reply post

    413 vote(s)
  1. pelo

    pelo Arachnoangel Old Timer

    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...***
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2004
  2. bodc21

    bodc21 Arachnojason

    50/50 peat/vermiculite hands down
  3. Walter

    Walter Arachnoknight Old Timer

    My vote goes for "other" - the coconut fiber EcoEarth.
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  4. OldHag

    OldHag ArachnoHag Old Timer

    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
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    K MUELLER Arachnoknight Old Timer

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

    MrT Arachnoking Old Timer

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

  7. Trinity

    Trinity Arachnosquire Old Timer

    All my "children" have coconut fibers as the substrate. I've never had any mites or fungus growth using this.
  8. Professor T

    Professor T Arachnodemon

    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.
  9. Kevo

    Kevo Arachnoknight Old Timer

    Cann't really pick one as I use most the above substrates to some degree in varying amounts. Its a bit species specific IMO.
  10. 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
  11. manville

    manville Arachnoking Old Timer

    i like peat moss and potting soil havnt had any problems with them
  12. Quiet-1

    Quiet-1 Arachnopeon

    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.
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  13. sunnymarcie

    sunnymarcie Celestial Spider Old Timer

    100% peat here:) unless it's an emergency tank change.
  14. Immortal_sin

    Immortal_sin Arachnotemptress Old Timer

    my setups exactly.....
  15. Malkavian

    Malkavian Arachnolord Old Timer


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

    pelo Arachnoangel Old Timer

    hyaww mule..upfront...trying to get a few more votes
  17. chid

    chid Arachnoknight

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

  18. pelo

    pelo Arachnoangel Old Timer

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

    G_Wright Arachnoprince Old Timer


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

    PapaSmurf Arachnodemon Old Timer

    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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