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#1 Laura-1992

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Posted 31 March 2014 - 07:28 PM

I currently have repti-turf substrate however someone mentioned about soil? Whats better and what are the advantages of using either? Thanks

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Posted 31 March 2014 - 08:47 PM

Hi laura,id defo use topsoil as its cheap and holds good moisture keeping humidity levels up if watered regulary and for when they dig down at night too.its a natural substrate!ive never used the reptile-surf substrate so cant comment but try to keep their enviroment as close to thier natural habbitat as possible in captivity.
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Posted 31 March 2014 - 09:16 PM

Hi matt, thanks for the help. I'm a little concerned about putting water into my wooden box as won't this rot this? And is it just normal soil you use? Or soil from a pet shop.. sorry about all the questions my torte is only been with me since Sunday :-)

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Posted 31 March 2014 - 11:46 PM

Don't forget to line it with pond liner first, or it will rot when watered. Soil is always the best way to go, jut ordinary soil same as they would live in normally. No need to get sterilised as they need to get some immunity. A coddled tortoise will soon become a sick one ;)  Don't use sand as it can irritate eyes and keep well away from anything artificial, especially wood chips, anything pelleted or aspen. ;)



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Posted 01 April 2014 - 06:32 AM

You can also seal tour tortoise tables with yacht varnish instead of using a liner. I have found that this protects the wood from the constant watering. I just reseal it on an annual basis.   :) 



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Posted 01 April 2014 - 03:53 PM

Doesn't the water drip through the seams Kelly? Always open to new ideas. I do use a wood preservative, but have also always lined them.



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Posted 01 April 2014 - 06:14 PM

Oh yess forgot to mention about the liner or as kelly says using some kind of sealant lol.yes i use just normal topsoil from my local garden center mixed with soil from the garden as sue said dont use sterilized as to me its pointless as their soil aint sterilized outside!water it every couple days or so with a watering can then it stays nice and damp beneath the surface!
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Posted 06 April 2014 - 09:42 AM

I added the liner under the soil - does the trick.. a combination between his new tortoise table and the top soil he seems 100% more active and happier in his new home. Thanks for your help guys






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