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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. josh_r

    josh_r Arachnoprince Old Timer

    100% natural clay based soils for me. You dont find spiders living in coco fiber or peat moss in the wild so I dont like to house them in it. I have noticed I get MUCH better behavior and burrowing from my spiders on loamy clay based soils than anything else. Give them what they came from!
    • Agree Agree x 1
  2. Kathy

    Kathy Arachnoangel Old Timer

    Ok, I keep reading about vermiculite so I just went to Home Depot and bought some, now I am reading the label and it says don't inhale, if you get it in your eyes, flush with water, breathing over extended period of time could cause respiratory problems. Now how in the world do you use this as substrate?
  3. Armstrong5

    Armstrong5 Arachnosquire

    +1 to the 100% coconut fiber ecoearth
  4. Arachnos

    Arachnos Arachnopeon

    I started off with vermiculite and peat moss 50/50 but now I am a 100% fan of coconut fiber ecoearth. It is easy to keep moist for high humidity species and easy to keep clean for the desert species. So far I have not heard any complaints out of my T's :D
  5. AlexRC

    AlexRC Arachnopeon

    Other - Ecoearth coconut fiber substrate, works like a charm!
  6. Rue

    Rue Arachnoknight

    I think the ExoTerra Plantation Soil IS coconut fibre...same as the EcoEarth product...

    If it is, I'm good to go...
  7. 50% Coco-fiber
    50% Vermiculite

    T's love it!
  8. other" for grounded up babies :D
    jk XD
    coconut fiber has worked fine for me. no mold and my haitian brown's burrows hold up just fine :)
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2011
  9. Mojo Jojo

    Mojo Jojo Arachnoking Old Timer

    I'm really surprised to see so many people using the coconut fibers these days. When I was using the stuff back around 2002 or so, people were having fungal/mold issues with it and I had an A. geniculata that stuck itself to the glass until I changed it back to peat. Back then I was using Bed-a-beast. Is the stuff being processed differently these days?
  10. Re

    :D my vote goes for 'other' coco fibre all the way
  11. It completely depends on the species IMO.
    for my desert pedes, scorps, and T's I use a clay(50 %)/sand(25%)/peat moss(25%) mixture
    for My tropical species I use a base layes of clay to support burrowing and a coco fibre/ peatmoss mixture for the top (and thicker layer) to hold moisture. and then I also use straight coco fiber and straight peat moss sometimes for smaller enclosures.
  12. MB623

    MB623 Arachnoknight


    I definitely prefer Eco-Earth. It's clean, holds moisture well, and is quite cheap if bought at the right place. Plus I kinda like the smell when moist.
  13. i use coco fiber for all my T's
  14. Birdman10682

    Birdman10682 Arachnopeon

    I like a coco-fiber/coco husk blend for my Okie browns, my curly hair and my white-knee. I've also tried a coco-husk/desert sand/cypress bedding blend for my rose-haired T and he has been settled in comfortably for months now. However, I put the sand on the bottom, cypress in the middle and the coco-husk on top.
  15. Eco Earth-coconut fiber substrate. haven't noticed any complaints so far.
  16. catfishrod69

    catfishrod69 Arachnoemperor

    exxo terra plantation soil all the way....the other stuff my pet store gets,(cant remember name), grows mold, will almost never dry out, and also grows bird seed plants....hmmmmm...owner of that factory must make bird seed too or something, also found leaves and sticks in it...
  17. Josh Craig

    Josh Craig Arachnopeon

    Jungle Bed
  18. Smaughunter

    Smaughunter Arachnopeon

    I use Eco-Earth.
  19. I use a 50/50 mix of EcoEarth (coconut fiber) and peat moss.
  20. vickywild

    vickywild Arachnoknight



    coco fibre.
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