Exo Terra Plantation Soil Brick Tropical Terrarium Reptile Substrate

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Create a tropical habitat for your pet with Exo Terra Plantation Soil Brick Tropical Terrarium Reptile Substrate. Substrate is necessary to the health and well-being of your pet because it absorbs waste, helps control humidity levels and encourages burrowing. Exo Terra Plantation Soil Brick Tropical Terrarium Reptile Substrate is made from compressed coconut husk fiber from the plantations of tropical Asia. This ecological substrate is ideal for increasing humidity in the terrarium and is safe for frogs, salamanders and burrowing or digging animals. The substrate can also be used as an incubation medium and as a nutritional planting soil for live plants.

Key Benefits
  • In the wild, reptiles burrow to hide, sleep and relieve stress. Exo Terra Substrate is all natural and provides perfect coverage.
  • A vital part of keeping the microclimate in your pet's terrarium balanced and provides nutrition to live plants
  • Ideal for natural terrarium set-ups and perfect for humidity-loving reptiles
  • Stimulates natural digging and burrowing behavior
  • Nutritional substrate for live plants

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  • Item Number
    96518
  • Brand
    Hagen
  • Litter & Bedding Type
    Coconut Fiber
  • Reptile Type
    Lizard, Frog, Tortoise, Bearded Dragon, Newt
Instructions
  • Place the brick in a 2.6-gallon bucket and add 100 fl oz water. Let it soak for about 30 minutes until it completely absorbs the water. Stir the substrate to ensure that no clumps remain and that the substrate is ready to use.

  • Spread a 1-2" layer of Exo Terra Plantation Soil on the terrarium floor (up to 4" when used for burrowing animals or as planting soil). Water or mist the substrate according to the humidity level required and use an Exo Terra Hygrometer (Item #103922) to monitor the humidity level.

Rating: 3.4 of 5 stars 24 Reviews 24 Reviews 3.4 out of 5 Stars

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Rating: 3.4 of 5 stars 3.4 / 5

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  • 1 out of 5 stars

    Will not absorb water!

    By Katie on Mar 23, 2021

    Wish I could give 0 stars. These bricks dont absorb any water at all, managed to break 3 bricks into really small chunks, going to leave them submerged in water overnight, but theyve been soaking for about 6 hours already and havent absorbed anything at all. You could soak a brick for a week and itll still come out dry and solid as a rock.

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  • 1 out of 5 stars

    Terrible Quality

    By Josh on Feb 8, 2021

    I’ve bought coconut coir several times from several different brands and this is the worst I’ve ever encountered. This brand used to be good, but not this time. The brick was in water all night and still wasn’t properly expanded. I had to break it up manually as it is made up of long fibers that make it seem like tangled hair. It also doesn’t absorb water as well as it should. I’m not going to even use it for my reptiles and I definitely recommend you try any other brand.

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  • 1 out of 5 stars

    Waste of money

    By KayStone on Feb 24, 2021

    Says on the package to soak in water for 30 minutes, then make sure there are no more lumps. So Wrong! I took one brick out of the package of three and put it in 10 gallons of water. I left it an hour, then a day. Now after 40 hours in water I can't even chop into it with an axe. Complete waste of money. Chewy should not sell this product. I can't think of anything it would be useful for. I wish I hadn't bought 1, much less 2.

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  • 1 out of 5 stars

    A waste of money

    By Buzzard on Feb 23, 2021

    This stuff ain’t nothing but roots and strings not worth a flip in my opinion I will never buy again for sure what a waste of money glad it didn’t cost me much!!!

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  • 2 out of 5 stars

    Reptile bedding

    By Birdie on Jan 16, 2021

    It does keep moisture well in the tank so that’s why I didn’t give it a one, but I soaked it for almost an hour and I still had to pull the stuff apart, not easily, to get the inside to even absorb water. I won’t buy this brand again

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  • 4 out of 5 stars

    Long fibers

    By Adrianna on Nov 16, 2020

    I got this for my bio tank project, I thought it was going to be the normal small coco stuff. This has a lot larger pieces than I thought. I used the smaller stuff I had on hand for the background then this for my substrate layer mixed with sand and sphagnum moss. Tank came out well now I’m giving it time to thrive before I put my gecko in also let the springtails and isopods get going.

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  • 1 out of 5 stars

    Not worth it.

    By Gcamp on Dec 24, 2020

    Brick never absorbed water after a day. Nothing but coconut fibers. Covered in what looks like spots of mold.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Fine ground cocofiber

    By Rae507 on Oct 13, 2020 top500Contributor

    I prefer Plantation Soil over the other cocofibers because it tends to have an even grind to it. We have received a couple bad smelling bricks over the years, but by far it's been the best quality out of all of the major brands.

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  • 2 out of 5 stars

    Bad batch or formula change?

    By TabG on Mar 7, 2020

    I have a Pacman frog and a tarantula, so I normally buy these compressed bricks of coconut coir (both "Exo-Terra Plantation Soil" and the "Zoo-Med Eco Earth") to save a bit of money. However, this particular pack was different than the "soil" textured substrate I usually receive. First off, it soaked for over an hour and absorbed very little water. Secondly, even after soaking, I still had to manually break the brick apart considerably more than I usually do, as it was very fibrous. This would not be an issue for my tarantula, but I would hesitate to use this for my Pacman frog, as the fibers would make it much easier for him to inadvertently ingest substrate while eating. Additionally I have a Pacman frog and a tarantula, so I normally buy these compressed bricks of coconut coir (both "Exo-Terra Plantation Soil" and the "Zoo-Med Eco Earth") to save a bit of money. However, this particular pack was different than the "soil" textured substrate I usually receive. First off, it soaked for over an hour and absorbed very little water. Secondly, even after soaking, I still had to manually break the brick apart considerably more than I usually do, as it was very fibrous. This would not be an issue for my tarantula, but I would hesitate to use this for my Pacman frog, as the fibers would make it much easier for him to inadvertently ingest substrate while eating. Additionally, (and perhaps more importantly) this brick yielded MUCH less substrate than normal. Even after soaking for several hours and manually breaking up the lumps, I'm looking at less than half of what I normally get from a compressed substrate brick. For example, I would normally have 5+ inches of fluffy substrate in a 10 gallon aquarium, and I am currently looking at maybe 2 inches of very soggy substrate. :( Hopefully this is just a bad batch and not a formula change as some have suggested, but I would definitely recommend buying another brand of coconut coir if this is a permanent change. … more

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Great substrate but takes a long time to absorb water

    By Mama26kids on Nov 6, 2019 top250Contributor

    We usually purchase Zoo Med eco earth in the loose form and decided to try brick form from Exo terra to save money. The bricks are quite heavy. I'd say the 3 brick pack we got made about as much dirt as the large Zoo Med bag we usually buy but was much less convenient. I would definitely recommend giving it a few days to absorb water and dry up enough for use. The bricks were super compacted and took hours, even overnight to absorb enough water to be broken apart for use, and then they were too soggy to use right away for our tortoise, we ended up having to put the dirt in the oven and bake it dry for use. It's better to put them in a large container with the water and let them moisten slowly We usually purchase Zoo Med eco earth in the loose form and decided to try brick form from Exo terra to save money. The bricks are quite heavy. I'd say the 3 brick pack we got made about as much dirt as the large Zoo Med bag we usually buy but was much less convenient. I would definitely recommend giving it a few days to absorb water and dry up enough for use. The bricks were super compacted and took hours, even overnight to absorb enough water to be broken apart for use, and then they were too soggy to use right away for our tortoise, we ended up having to put the dirt in the oven and bake it dry for use. It's better to put them in a large container with the water and let them moisten slowly and then air out for several days or more for use. The soil smells fresh and was nice and clean, no sticks or hard bits. Very smooth. We will get this again, but will be sure to get it expanded way ahead of time. … more

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