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Brick of compressed coconut fiberExpands to make seven to eight liters of substrate per brickNaturally absorbs and breaks down odor and waste productsIdeal substrate for burrowing animalsPerfect for all types of reptiles, amphibians, small animals, or insects
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I am trying to set up my crabitat so I want to know if you use this by its self or with another substrate/sand

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This is good to use on it's own or with sand. I personally use this for 90% of my tank and than offer a 'beach' corner which is calcium sand. The sand is on the cooler side of my tank and gives the hermit crabs the chance of a different texture under their claws as well as extra calcium if they choose to nibble at it.
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You should have a mixture of 5 parts sand and 1 part coconut fiber at a depth of 3-4x the shell of your largest crab. You should also add salt water to the mixture (using aquarium salt, NOT table salt!), and it should be sand castle consistency so that they can bury themselves and molt.
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You can use any substrate because it doesn't really matter. You can do half and half if you want. Just make sure you DON'T use gravel, soil, or small seashells. Also, make sure the substrate is 2 times taller than your largest crab. Good luck!
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I had a few toads about 2 years ago with this substrate. I added some sand with it and after that it didnt keep its humidity AS well. I would reccommend NOT adding another substrate. But whatever floats your boat...........
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How should I prepare this and how do I clean it?

I think that this would be good for my hermit crabs and it is a big plus that it helps with the humidity. I just want to know how much water I put in it to break it up and expand it, or in other words, how do I prepare it for hermit crabs?

I also need to know how I would clean it? It can't be like sand where you just run a rake through it, or somehting like that, to get out all of the hermit crab waste.

Any help will be greatly apprieciated and as soon as possible would be great!!
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This substrate absorbs water very quickly. Put the brick in a large bowl and fill the bowl half way. Once all the water is sucked up, break down the brick as much as you can. If you confirm all the substrate is moist process complete. If more water is needed, add another cup or two of water until all is moist. There is no specific measurement and each brick is a little different in size and may need more or less water. Make sure you use dechlorinated water for this process or you can kill your hermit crabs!

Cleaning the substrate is very easy! Your hermit crab feces will actually decompose into the substrate which makes cleaning a lot easier. Just spot check the soil for any buried food and remove that portion. Every two weeks take out the top 1 inch of substrate and replace it with fresh substrate. Every three months, replace all substrate in the tank and give everything a good boil, scrub down or bake. (Not your Hermit Crabs, but their toys, branches, un-used shells, and bowls)

Remember never use soap when scrubbing bowls and always use dechlorinated water. If needed, use vinegar to help the cleaning process but make sure to completely rinse away all vinegar with dechlorinated water.
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For hermit crabs, it's a good idea to mix coconut fiber and sand together as a substrate (5 parts sand, 1 part coconut fiber), along with salt water (make the water using aquarium salt, like Instant Ocean.) The mixture should be sand castle consistency, and the depth should be 3-4 times the size of your largest crab's shell. You don't want to use coconut fiber alone because it won't provide adequate protection when they molt. Using salt water in the mixture will hinder bacteria and fungus growth. Sand castle consistency is important so that they can tunnel without it collapsing in on them.

You can clean it just by scraping off the top layer. Make sure you replace some of the sand now and then to maintain the depth.

You can find more information by googling "hermit crab substrate."
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Is this okay for leopard geckos?

I have a 2 year old leopard gecko and I need to know if this a good substrate for her.
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Yes, most definitely. This is good for Leo's, they need a dirt like substrate that holds moisture to help with shedding.
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not necessarily. i would get something more desert oriented. this is a tropical substrate
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I want to know the weight of the eco earth bricks, someone will take them by plane to me in Egypt via Holland ;-)

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It depends, some are small and some are about 1 gallon.
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Is the eco earth compressed coconut bedding a good product for a sulcata tortoise?

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If you mix it with equal amounts of play sand - a bucket of expanded coir to a bucet of play sand. It's a great substrate for young Sulcata tortoises and be sure to keep it slightly damp, not bone dry. Kept that way it will help to prevent pyramiding.
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i use eco earth compresses cocnut fiber expendable subsrtrate

for a single scorpion and feed him crickets in his ten gallon tank, how often should i change the substrate(bedding)..and any extra pointers would be appreciated.
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Substrate should be changed out about every three months. At least once a week do a top level cleaning and spot check by scooping out any dead crickets and particles that may be left behind.
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is the Zoo med Eco earth safe to use for my Chinese water Dragon?

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yes it is!
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What is the best recommended bedding for a Russian Tortoise

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Coconut fiber, you'll have to change it fairly frequently though as it gets damp and holds a lot of moisture.
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Will this be okay to use in an aquatic tank?

I have hermit crabs and this is the substrate that I normally use (I like how it is really easy to spot clean) and my friend got some crawfish for her school, SES(the Zoo School in Minnesota, USA) and she gave me 3. I have blue sand from ZooMed but I don't know if it'll be good since it's colored... I read this keeps pH levels down, but I don't know how well it works for an aquarium. Can someone help? Thanks!
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Yes it will be okay to use in an aquatic tank.
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Good substrate for a newt?

Hi. I'm getting a Eastern Newt and I was wondering if this substrate mixed with organic fertilizer would be appropriate for the terrestrial portion of this animal's tank. I might put some moss in too. What do you think?
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I need substrate recos for tortoises/bearded dragons

Both species are in indoor terraria
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Coconut fiber

I use coconut fiber as a nesting material for my finches. My question is, can this brick be broken into fibers that finches can use for nesting.
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How do I keep the substrate from getting onto my dumpy tree frog?

I have a terrarium with ecoearth in the bottom, but it sticks to the frog and he ends up covered in the substrate.
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