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Substrate?

Discussion in 'Tarantula Enclosures' started by KWISE89, Aug 29, 2018.

  1. KWISE89

    KWISE89 Member

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    What are people's thoughts on the best substrate mix? I have B. Boehmei and B Vagans slings. Looking for the best option to hold up for burrowing yet not to humid in the enclosure. Thanks!
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    Enn49 Moderator Staff Member 3 Year Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    I use just coco fibre for all my Ts and it seems to work well even for burrowers.
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    Do you spray it down at all or just pack it in there?
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    Enn49 Moderator Staff Member 3 Year Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    For arid lovers I just pack it down a little and leave it to the T to make its home. Even the tiniest sling will web the substrate to prevent any danger of burrow collapse.
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    Sounds good, thanks for the advice!
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    You can also use excavator clay/sand/coco fiber mix. Its fantastic for any burrowing spider or reptile. And it looks and feels much better than straight coco fiber.
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    Me too.

    It always starts out at least a little damp when I first rehydrate a compressed block. For small slings I leave it and keep it a little bit damp for all species. For older Brachypelma, I let it mostly dry out and just overflow the water bowl a little bit from time to time, a trick I learned here in just the last few months.
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    I already rehoused the Brachypelmas but when it is time again I am going to try the excavator/sand/cocofiber mix. They seem to be doing great in the current coco fiber so far though.
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    I'm also using just coco fibre for all my Ts and here are two examples of burrowing Brachypelma slings. They're doing absolutely perfect.
    B. albopilosum - You can actually see the grayish web around the holes. Walls of the burrow are the same.
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    B. auratum
    - Sorry for the horrible quality, but the burrow goes right above the holes.
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    FrmDaLeftCoast New Member

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    I'm a newbie...so don't judge me! lol

    I've been working on a substrate for my slings and came up with the following mix -

    Coco Pith (coir pith) - 55%
    Sphagnum Peat Moss - 20%
    Aged Bark Fines - 25%
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    Should I also add a bit of sand?
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    Enn49 Moderator Staff Member 3 Year Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    My little Hysterocrates sp Hercules has built burrows down to the bottom of the container with a tunnel right round the bottom and one through the middle that you can see right through leaving just 2 pillars of substrate and web to hold everything up. Somewhere in there, there is a 2" piece of plant and a small chunk of cork bark.

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    Ok new question. I think there is mold beginning in one of my sling enclosures. Hapalopus sp. columbia has been dug in for about 2 weeks so I'm thinking premolt. Do I address the mold or let the molt run it's course?
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    Let it molt. Mold, like mites, is only a problem when left unchecked. Never mess with a webbed up, closed off spider unless absolutely neccesary. You'll do more harm than good.
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    That's what I was hoping for. Sounds good everyone, thanks for all the info! I'll post a pic of the little one once it has molted.
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