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.
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
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.
I've used this and similar products for years with no issues. But this last time, the brick wouldn't absorb water even after many hours. I noticed other people saying the same. I'm not sure what is going on with this product but I'd choose something else.
Will not absorb water!
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.
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.
Waste of money
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.
A waste of money
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!!!
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
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.
Not worth it.
on Dec 24, 2020
Brick never absorbed water after a day. Nothing but coconut fibers. Covered in what looks like spots of mold.
Fine ground cocofiber
on Oct 13, 2020top500Contributor
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.
Bad batch or formula change?
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.
AdditionallyI 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