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Substrate suggestions please

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by MattjediEdmonds, Aug 13, 2019.

  1. MattjediEdmonds

    MattjediEdmonds Arachnopeon

    I have a 1 year old B. boehmei that seems not to like the substrates I've offered. His enclosure has coconut fiber in one section, fine sand in another, courser rock and also a wooden hide... but he still will only hang on the side of the tank. If that's what he wants to do, fine, but I'm wondering if he would prefer a different substrate that I haven't offered?Any thoughts?
  2. TownesVanZandt

    TownesVanZandt Arachnoprince Active Member

    Sand is not really suitable as substrate for Ts, but coco fiber works for all. Can you upload a picture of your enclosure?
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  3. MattjediEdmonds

    MattjediEdmonds Arachnopeon

    I agree about sand. I only put it in to see if he would spend time on the floor....which he will occasionally... and only on the sand. IMG_4223.JPG
  4. sasker

    sasker Arachnoangel Active Member

    Some tarantulas like to hang on the side, not a bad sign per sé. I agree that fine sand is not great for tarantulas. It is also a good idea to pack down the substrate quite tightly as they don't like to walk on loose substrate. This species does not like moist substrate either (not very sure from the picture if this is an issue in this case). I use coco fibre for mine because it is just easy and does not tend to get moldy. Others have good experience with potting soil (no additives like fertilizer or pesticides, obviously).
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  5. Vanessa

    Vanessa Grammostola Groupie Arachnosupporter

    If you're going to replace the substrate, I would suggest that you increase the size of his enclosure. He is clearly on the verge of outgrowing this one and they have a slightly faster growth rate than some other species in the genus. I would skip making adjustments to this enclosure, when you're going to have to rehouse after his next moult anyway. I would rehouse him into a bigger enclosure.
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  6. Urzeitmensch

    Urzeitmensch Arachnosquire

    My B. Boehmei lives on pure, packed down cocofibre. She spends a lot of time halfway up the walls. She can't hang completely there because I slightly overdid the substrate height in my efforts to prevent fall damage. She molted just fine recently.

    Your T probably just wants to explore and try to get out to kill you. Nothing unusual here.

    Edit: okay just for the record I will add a "joke" disclaimer to the last paragraph ;)
  7. MattjediEdmonds

    MattjediEdmonds Arachnopeon

    [QUOTE I would suggest that you increase the size of his enclosure.[/QUOTE]

    Yeah, he molted yesterday, so he's only just now getting too big for this one.
  8. Mvtt70

    Mvtt70 Arachnobaron Active Member

    I'd put all coco fiber...
  9. FrDoc

    FrDoc Gen. 1:24-25 Arachnosupporter

    Topsoil, then there’s also topsoil, or if you really want to go all out you could use topsoil.
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  10. Chris LXXIX

    Chris LXXIX ArachnoGod Active Member

  11. The Grym Reaper

    The Grym Reaper Arachnoreaper Arachnosupporter

    I use topsoil/peat

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  12. cold blood

    cold blood Moderator Staff Member

    There are a lot of acceptable substrates...each of which can be used or combined and used for literally ANY t on the planet....substrate is purely a keepers choice. I use top soil, simply because its the cheapest and most natural.
  13. Vulksgren

    Vulksgren Arachnopeon

    Out of curiosity, is there any particular topsoil brand you use? Always paranoid the brands they sell at like Wal Mart or Lowes has some kind of mulch or fertilizer...
  14. Tenebrarius

    Tenebrarius Arachnoangel Active Member

    coco fiber, top soil. pick one. you're done.
    it's not complex.
    coco fiber is recommended to newbies because it is commonly used for animals and wont have fertilizer in it. meanwhile you'll need to mind the top soil you get.
    just get it done, it's trivial and nuanced.
  15. The Grym Reaper

    The Grym Reaper Arachnoreaper Arachnosupporter

    Get the cheapest stuff you can find, I think a lot of people on your side of the pond use Earthgro
  16. cold blood

    cold blood Moderator Staff Member

    home depot
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  17. Vulksgren

    Vulksgren Arachnopeon

  18. MattjediEdmonds

    MattjediEdmonds Arachnopeon

    Here's what I mean. He prefers the sand. When I rehouse later today, I think I'll provide 2 or 3 different options for him. IMG_7235.JPG
  19. CommanderBacon

    CommanderBacon Arachnoknight Active Member

    I like using Reptisoil. It has a nice blend of soil types that works for all of my Ts. It's generally considered a bit pricey, but I like it, and I don't need to worry where it came from or if it's going to have anything unexpected in it.

    I re-use it for my plants after I empty enclosures for rehousing, which works great unless I forget to use gloves. Then I am very itchy.
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  20. FrDoc

    FrDoc Gen. 1:24-25 Arachnosupporter

    Like Neapolitan ice cream.
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