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

brigebane

Arachnoprince
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The only problem I've had with coconut is it moulds, I also dislike the smell ;)
 

DracosBana

Arachnosquire
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For my terrestrial and burrower (G. rosea and A. geniculata) I use 50-50 Coir Fibre top soil, the arboreals get straight Coir Fibre.
 

GabooN

Arachnoknight
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Okie thanks, i ended up getting a small bag of peat from my work today, the Schultz Canadian Sphagnum Natural Peat Moss.
 

WNY_Tarantulas

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Eco earth or similar. If you dont know what eco earthy is..
Compressed coconut husks made into a brick you add water to. 1 brick makes about 9 dry quarts.
 

ink_scorpion

Arachnobaron
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Nothin' but Peat for me!

When you can get 2.2 cu. ft. at the Lowes H&G section, sphagnum peat no less, why use anything else? :cool:
 

kmk

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I use coconut fiber for all but my rose hair. The coconut fiber holds moisture well and never molds. For my rose hair i use cactus potting soil.
 

misfitsfiend

Arachnobaron
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usually use about 70% potting soil, 30% peat. but 50/50 works too, especially for the more humid loving spp.
 

wolfpak

Arachnobaron
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i use coconut fibers. it it a good substrate, for blondi and smithi? or should i change it?
 

arachnoguy

Arachnosquire
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coconut fiber is great stuff. it holds moisture for a looooong time and helps when you want to get a cage nice and humid
 

Code Monkey

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Twenty years ago I was using great substrates like fishtank gravel and sand. Since those dark times, I have tried out 100% peat, peat/vermiculite in various ratios, 100% vermiculite, potting soil, coconut coir/peat, and 100% coconut coir.

I am now using the coir exclusively.
 

Gesticulator

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I have only used straight peat so far, and just bought a small bale of it. However, I now leave it bone dry to avoid breeding crickets. I mist the sides of the housing for the slings. It's cheap enough, so I don't mind having to dump it if I need to.I don't use any substrate for my arboreals, but I mist the tanks about twice a week. Maybe I'll give the coconut brick a try.
 

Melmoth

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I use peat,peat/vermiculite 80% to 20 ratio and peat with a small amount of suitable bark for rainforest T's.
 

nightbreed

Arachnobaron
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I use coconut coir, it works fine I've never had any mold and its easy to store (before you soak it :) )
 

cloud711

Arachnobaron
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the substrate i use for my t is cocodust or cocopeat. it's great in holding moisture. I also heard that this substrate dont get mold easily. for me this is the best substrate. chemical free, and very cheap. :)
 

Windchaser

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Elmolax said:
I use bed-a-beast/// 100%
Should I change?
No, you are fine. I have used it in the past. The main reason I use peat now is because of the cost. It is very cheap and when you have lots of critters, the cost savings are beneficial.
 

Czalz

Arachnoknight
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My preferred substrate is coconut bark. I have just recently tried something new with several of my t's though. I have put about 3 1/2 inches of potting soil in several of my t's tanks, and covered it with coconut bark(substrate for t's, and good mulch). The reason for this is that I intend to find some partial shade plants to grow in the tanks with the t's. I also considered (with this new environment) to introduce earthworms to the soil(good for the plants), and isopods on top to keep things clean. I guess the idea is to create a mini eco system in the tank, although it wouldn't really consist of many complete cycles, the idea sounds fun to me, and interesting.
 

Spectre45

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I plan on getting my first T this week, a G.rosea, and I have a quick substrate question. I plan on using peat moss, but with a g.rosea, do I need to wet it before putting it in the kritter keeper?

Edit: From what I've read, they prefer a dry substrate, but I also know I read somewhere to mix the peat moss with water until you can squeeze a handfull and it'll hold it's shape, but won't let out any water. Should I do this, place it in the tank, and allow it to dry before introducing the T, or is it not necessary at all?

Thanks.
 
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David_F

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Spectre45 said:
I plan on getting my first T this week, a G.rosea, and I have a quick substrate question. I plan on using peat moss, but with a g.rosea, do I need to wet it before putting it in the kritter keeper?

Edit: From what I've read, they prefer a dry substrate, but I also know I read somewhere to mix the peat moss with water until you can squeeze a handfull and it'll hold it's shape, but won't let out any water. Should I do this, place it in the tank, and allow it to dry before introducing the T, or is it not necessary at all?

Thanks.
For G. rosea I just usually put a few inches or so of peat moss right out of the bag in the enclosure. No need to wet it as it's already usually a bit damp anyway. It is a bit dusty when it completely dries out though.
 
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