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Are you sure that's long strand spagnum moss? It looks different from whatI have purchased in the past. Spagnum is a high pH moss (I think) and is supposed to inhibit fungal growth.

I put ESU brand "all natural terrarium moss" in my brb's hidebox (plastic tub) and mist it periodically. Soon, white strands with black specks develop. It's kind of expensive replacing it so often. Am I misting it too much (The tanks humidity is averages 60-70%)? Would switching to the stuff from the nursery help or should I use some other bedding for the box ( foam maybe)?
Thanks,
Alex
Are you sure that's long strand spagnum moss? It looks different fromwhat

I

have purchased in the past. Spagnum is a high pH moss (I think) and is supposed to inhibit fungal growth.

I put ESU brand "all natural terrarium moss" in my brb's hidebox (plastic tub) and mist it periodically. Soon, white ... the stuff from the nursery help or should I use some other bedding for the box (foam maybe)? Thanks, Alex

Thanks guys...I have a base of ESU Eco Earth and ESU Terrarium Moss with the the Humidity of 80% at 80 deg. F. I will lower it and get some real Spagnum.
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Real long-strand sphagnum moss is not sold at Petco or Wal-Mart. Checkwith farmer's supply places or garden supply, and don't buy peat.

I have a big sack of "spaghnum moss peat".
Is it good or bad?
Anna
Real long-strand sphagnum moss is not sold at Petco or Wal-Mart. Check with farmer's supply places or garden supply, and don't buy peat.

I have a big sack of "spaghnum moss peat". Is it good or bad?[/nq]I use spaghnum moss peat (or peat moss) for lots of things. I find leopard geckos LOVE to lay eggs in it. It makes a great solid substrate, if you work it with water and make it into a thick mud, then pack it in the bottom of a tank and let it dry. That's the substrate I use for all my frogs. I also use it to put hard caps on top of my potted plants, so my frogs can't sit in the dirt with pumice in it and crickets can't lay eggs in the potted plant soil.

I also use it in the bottom of my potted plants to make a good drainage layer. I used to use it in all my moist hide boxes but (as Snakelady pointed out to me) it gets dusty when its dry, perhaps enough to irritate nasal passages.
I love the hard-packed dirt substrate it makes, looks nice and is VERY cheap and dissipates heat from under tank heaters really well. Not easy to replace though. Also over time it cracks and crickets can hide in the cracks.

I bought FOUR CUBIC FEET of spagnum peat moss for something like $15. What a steal!
fr0glet
I've put a strate of 2 inch of it on the substrate in the gtp's viv, which is 5 inch of little balls of expanded clay. I thought it would be good to keep the humidity up, because when I put much water on the clay balls, it remains all on the bottom of the viv, while I hoped that next time I put on water, the peat moss will absorb it and become nice and humid and soft. Now maybe I better shouldn't try to wet it, I don't want a hard substrate that isolates the clay balls.
Anna
I've put a strate of 2 inch of it on the substrate in the gtp's viv, which is 5 inch ... Now maybe I better shouldn't try to wet it, I don't want a hard substrate that isolates the clay balls.

Clay balls?! Are we still talking about peat moss? It is a fiberous dirt, like coconut fiber. It is collected from peat bogs where the long-strand sphagnum moss has decomposed for many years.
To make the peat absorb water I must knead it in my hands, play with the dirt and water and make mud pies to get it just right! Its theraputic, really, I suggest you all go out and squeeze handfuls of dirt to relax.

You don't have to keep the hard substrate dry... I soak the peat floor in my frog tanks fairly often.
Hope I'm making sense! Emotion: smile
fr0glet
Sphagnum moss is actually low pH being on the acidic side. Low quality sphagnum moss has sticks, leaves & other contaminates & these are what mold. snake lady
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I ment, now in the tank there's a 5 inch substrate of clay balls and over that a lay of moss of 2 inch. I hope that doing so the substrate holds the water better in the surface (the expanded clay didn't hold anything and the bottom of the viv was allways under water, while the surface was dry). Once the peat moss is dry and hard, does it turn soft when humid again?

Anna
I ment, now in the tank there's a 5 inch substrate of clay balls and over that a lay of ... the surface was dry). Once the peat moss is dry and hard, does it turn soft when humid again? Anna

OH, I see! I think it will get soft again.
I want some clay balls!! THe ones I found are so expensive, for sale at blackjunglesupply.com Emotion: sad
fr0glet
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