Zoo Med Repitsoil as substrate

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    I guess it all boils down to what exactly you want your substrate to do for you.
    Do you simply want a no fuss substrate that will provide adequate drainage and an ideal environment for ample microfauna to continually multiply. With an addition of a thick top layer of leaf litter for the benefit of the frogs with tons of foraging opportunities?
    Or do you also plan on planting rooting plants into your substrate?
    If the latter, it will take additional planning.
    I don't plant rooting plants into my substrate, I'll occasionally lay down a begonia thelmae cutting without digging into the substrate. I'll simply shuffle aside a little patch of leaf litter and deposit the cutting and it takes off from there.
    Microfauna has exploded and everything drains proper.
    On occasion I'll soak down the leaf litter/substrate for a couple of days just to see what kind ' of mushrooms will pop up.
    I never got into the ABG or sphagnum moss substrates. I kept it simple from the beginning with only using turface and leaf litter.
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    First of all, your enclosure is gorgeous! :)

    Mostly this, yes. I think the majority of our plants will be mounted on the backdrop or the wood.


    That's probably the route we would take, too. Maybe one or two plants that we'd like to just be able to stick into the substrate and leave be and watch it grow.


    Turface? I'll have to look that up. Never heard of it, but that doesn't mean a whole lot. :)

    Thanks for your help!
     
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    Turface is an infield conditioner used on baseball fields. Fired clay very similar to cat litter. With the exception that it won't break down.
    I use specifically Turface MVP, it was the courses I could find.
    In fact this was real difficult to source in Edmonton, my source only carried 50lbs bags of which I only used maybe 10lbs.
    So if you're in the Edmonton area and decide you'd like to give some a try, I'd be delighted to give you some. 'This applies to anyone in my area'.
    Sorry I couldn't be more helpful with your precise substrate
     
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    I'm in Ontario, but I appreciate the offer. And thanks again for the help! :)
     
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    You have a beautiful set up
     
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    Thank you RemyMartin ☺
     
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    Here's mine 20170927_223936.jpg
     
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