What substrate do you use for your terrestrial t's?

What kind of substrate do you use for your terrestrial T's?

  • Peat Moss

    Votes: 8 15.7%
  • Vermiculite

    Votes: 4 7.8%
  • Dirt

    Votes: 4 7.8%
  • Coconut Shavings

    Votes: 24 47.1%
  • Peat Moss/Vermiculite mix

    Votes: 11 21.6%

  • Total voters
    51

jwb121377

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For the most part pure peat. Sometimes I'll use some vermiculite to help with humidity sometimes. This is ofcorse for adult t's. For slings I use pure virmiculite.
 

JacenBeers

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I just use potting soil. Sometimes I will mix in some bark as well.
 

Immortal_sin

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all my terrestrials get some sort of peat/verm mix. It depends upon whether I know if they are burrowing ts, or if they don't care about excavation!
 

Henry Kane

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4 years plus using the peat verm mix and not a speck of mold or a single problem to report yet.
If it works...

Atrax
 

Tranz

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Jungle Mix. I got tired of going from one store to another and not seeing what I wanted. Let's see, is that the good kind of peat, or the bad kind? Does that have fertilizer in it? Does that have pesticides? Is that sterile? Why can't they sell that in less than 20-pound bags? Finally, I happened upon a pet store and saw a small premixed sterile fertilizer and pesticide-free bag of a brand I had seen recommended in care sheets. It was a no-brainer. I like this stuff because the sling bulldozes it and burrows in it, and also because it has a varied texture and composition - it's fine and soft, but also has big chunks and strings that the T can move around and build things with. Also you can tell when it is dry, when it is moist, and when it is damp by the color.
 
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veronyka

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I use that compressed brick of bed-a-beast type stuff, it looks just like potting soil. My spiders all seem to love it. I've used bark and some stuff that was like ground walnut, and didn't care for them (neither did my T's). I gave the bark to my boyfriend to use for his millipedes! :D
 

Lasiodora

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I use coco soil mixed with sand for species that like it a little bit drier. For all others, I use straight up coco soil. Haven't had a problem yet.
Mike

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WHEN WILL THERE BE PEACE ON EARTH?
ANSWER: WHEN THE EARTH FALLS TO PIECES!!"
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kosh

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i currently use 100% vermiculite on my large spider.......and all the slings i have are on 100% peat (ala Holley)....im now thinking a peat/verm mix is the way to go......so im gonna try to find out what the EXACT best kind of peat is and then go to a verm/peat mix very soon....
those of you who keep your slings on 100% verm and the larger ones on other substrates......WHY?? why keep the slings on something different than larger ones??
 

MarkmD

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I currently use 100% cocofiber for them, never had problems so far.
 

Keith B

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I have 14 Ts, 3 Avic, 2 Psalmo, 2 Grammostola, 2 Brachypelma, 1 Pamphobeteus, 1 GBB, 1 Lasiodora, 1 Monocentropus, 1 Acanthoscurria.. All on shredded coconut husk. The terrestrials seem to enjoy a little bit of gravel or pebbles mixed in. The arboreals like it straight up. Never had an issue. Although I don't keep any really swampy species, so I can't vouch for those.

I see the year as well, but I'm posting in case it helps. This topic seems to come up once a week.
 

McGuiverstein

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I for one like seeing old threads revived, because it means people are using the search function. We're either chastising people for asking the usual played out stuff, or telling them they're posting on a dead thread. Shouldn't we be praising others for actually searching too? Haha

Anyway, I use cf. I like being able to tell the moisture level by its color, but it is annoying when things get too dry and water just sits on the surface.
 

Lizardman905

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I for one like seeing old threads revived, because it means people are using the search function. We're either chastising people for asking the usual played out stuff, or telling them they're posting on a dead thread. Shouldn't we be praising others for actually searching too? Haha

Anyway, I use cf. I like being able to tell the moisture level by its color, but it is annoying when things get too dry and water just sits on the surface.
Ik I was just saying cause it looked like he thought it was new.
 

Tomoran

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I for one like seeing old threads revived, because it means people are using the search function. We're either chastising people for asking the usual played out stuff, or telling them they're posting on a dead thread. Shouldn't we be praising others for actually searching too? Haha
Agreed completely. :)
 

viper69

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I have 14 Ts
But not 15, they take up too much space evidently ;) 2002 wow, coolio!

It used to be peat moss, now 100% cf. though maybe some gravel like Keith mentioned would be a good idea, let those guys do some heavy lifting for a change!
 

Tomoran

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For those who use peat moss, do you have difficulty finding it without any fertilizer additives? Perhaps it's because it's winter here, and selections in gardenting departments are sparse, but I haven't been able to find any without additives. I thought I found some yesterday which was labeled "organic", but I read the ingredients and discovered that it contained "organic chicken feces" for nitrates.
 
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