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New enclosure for redfoot, best substrate?

Discussion in 'Tortoise Enclosure Substrate' started by Jschmid33, Jan 18, 2018.

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    im sure this topic has been gone over 1000 times but I am building a closed chamber enclosure for my yearling redfoot. What is the best substrate? I am leaning towards coco coir but I have heard it’s extremly messy and sticks to the tortoise. I really enjoy her colors and would be upsetting to have her look like she is in a mud bath constantly. Other options I have heard is orchid bark, top soil or cypress mulch. I want something that looks natural, won’t be a messy disaster if possible and will be able to keep up with the high humidity I am aiming for to keep her happy and healthy. Thank you in advanced.
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    If it is the same one I am using then it looks like the below picture. The smaller blocks are finer and the big block has more fibres in it. I have just used the big block for my enclosure about three days ago. If you put it in and pack it down it does not make too much mess. 1516439742406.jpg
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    That looks great! Nice and natural looking. How big is your enclosure? Trying to figure out how much I need to buy for this enclosure I’m building
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    Mine is 1.2m x 60cm x 60cm. I used one whole big block - all of it.
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