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Potting soil and cypress mulch for sulcata bedding???

Discussion in 'Tortoise Enclosure Substrate' started by Jay's Gaming Reptiles, Oct 17, 2016.

  1. Jay's Gaming Reptiles

    Jay's Gaming Reptiles New Member

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    Need help with bedding
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    JoesMum Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    I think you need to be a bit more specific.

    Did you read those threads I linked to in your other thread?

    They cover substrate. Where have you got to in your research and life as a tortoise keeper?
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    Yeah i saw them, i was going to do half potting soil free of the perlite and cypress mulch but the potting soil contains a lil bit of sand, and im worried that it could harm my tortoise.
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    What size sulcata?

    For indoor housing of smaller sulcatas, fine grade orchid bark works best. Also called "Fir Bark". I buy it cheaply in bulk at my local garden centers. You won't find it at most chain type hardware stores.

    I would not use soil, and cypress mulch is okay, but not my favorite.

    Have you seen these yet:
    http://www.tortoiseforum.org/threads/how-to-raise-a-healthy-sulcata-or-leopard-version-2-0.79895/
    http://www.tortoiseforum.org/threads/beginner-mistakes.45180/
    http://www.tortoiseforum.org/threads/for-those-who-have-a-young-sulcata.76744/
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    Tom, why would you not use soil for a sulcata? That's what I'm starting my little guy on, as a substrate to retain moisture

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    1. You can't know what is made of. Is it composted mulberry leaves? Or is it composted azaleas and oleander? Is it grass clippings that were covered with weed n' feed pesticides at the time of clipping? No way to know.
    2. Its messy and turns into mud when wet.
    3. Other things work much better.
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