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Discussion in 'Hermanns tortoises' started by Andy7782, Feb 10, 2018.

  1. Andy7782

    Andy7782 Member

    Nov 20, 2017
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    Hello tortoise lovers

    Can people please tell me what substrate they use and why.
    There is so man different types around and different opinions.
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    TechnoCheese Well-Known Member

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    I’ve used a few- peat moss because it’s cheap and holds humidity some what well+everything that coco coir says
    Orchid bark- holds humidity well, but I didn’t put a thick enough layer. It’s pretty expensive.
    Cypress mulch- pretty ok, holds humidity, but make sure it’s finegrade
    Coco coir- pretty similar to peat moss, very messy, hard to rehydrate once it gets dry, and allows for easy burrowing.
    Substrates that I would never use-
    Sand in any amount
    Anything with bits of limestone/ white stuff
    Pine, cedar, or aspen chips/shavings
    Chemicals treated top soil
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    eternalnewb Member 5 Year Member

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    I used to use Jungle Mix which was a mix of fir and sphagnum peat moss- I really liked it as it helped with humidity and didn't have any stingy bits like the coco coir. However, it was very expensive so when my number of torts increased I had to find a more affordable option.
    Now I use peat moss that I buy in a huge bag from homedepot. I really like it, its a very nice, natural substrate and when moist it makes for very good digging.
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