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Bioactive tortoise substrate

Discussion in 'Advanced Tortoise Topics' started by JaySparks, Nov 19, 2017.

  1. JaySparks

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    I've built 2 bioactive exo terra tanks and I noticed that some of the ingredients for the substrate are usually recommended for tortoise use. My tanks are currently thriving and growing well. The reason why I'm thinking if a bioactive set up for a tortoise is possible is simply out of curiosity also it'd be kind of cool to have a renewable source of food for my tortoise - I understand that they can trample the plants but in my case my tortoise doesn't do that. Please keep in mind that this is just an idea. I'm interested to what other people would say.




    This is what I'm currently using for my bioactive substrate / for my crested gecko's

    Topsoil
    cococoir
    sand
    orchid bark
    sphagnum moss
    charcoal
    worm castings
    pearlite

    The qualities that we look in a substrate for a tortoise are

    Retains humidity but not wet
    easy to borrow
    drains well

    what we do not want is impaction so avoid

    Sand
    Pearlite because they could confuse it for calcium

    Tortoise bioactive substrate recipe

    Topsoil
    cococoir
    sphagnum moss
    orchid bark

    The following items i'm not sure if they are tortoise safe as part of the substrate

    worm castings
    charcoal
    leaf litter

    All of these items will be added in different quantities.


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