Lugarti Premium Bioactive Reptile Soil – 10QT


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Equivalent to about 2.5 Gallons.

From the manufacturer:


Lugarti’s Bioactive Reptile Soil – Tropical is specifically designed for Crested Geckos, Day Geckos, Tree Frogs, Dart Frogs and other rainforest species. It is a special blend of sphagnum peat moss, organic compost, oak leaf litter, fir bark, horticultural charcoal, milled sphagnum moss, fine sand and natural clay. It’s formulated to provide a living ecosystem in a tropical vivarium setting where organic waste material is broken down naturally by microorganisms. The substrate is truly alive and teaming with beneficial microbes and mycorrhizal fungi.

When used in conjunction with leaf litter and clean-up crews (e.g. isopods, springtails, worms, etc.), a microhabitat is created where good bacteria, microbes and insects naturally break down mold, waste and uneaten food items left on the substrate’s surface, resulting in an enclosure that always smells clean and fresh.

Animals kept on Bioactive Reptile Soil are generally more active, alert and behave more naturally. You will notice digging species creating natural burrows, and foraging species rooting the substrate in search of food. This is what they do in the wild and it provides them with important physical and mental stimulation. You will also notice females choosing to lay their eggs directly in the substrate over any lay box you offer.

100% Natural
Superior Odor Control
Nutrient Rich
Self-cleaning Soil
Nourishes Live Plants

Crested Geckos
Day Geckos
Tree Frogs
Dart Frogs
Many Other Rainforest Species

Sphagnum Peat Moss, Organic Compost, Oak Leaf Litter, Fir Bark, Horticultural Charcoal, Milled Sphagnum Moss, Fine Sand and Natural Clay.

The Tropical blend is best used with a Drainage Layer and a suitable Separation Layer to prevent the soil from becoming waterlogged, which will foster bacteria. After you’ve added the drainage feature, place a minimum of 4” – 5” of moistened bioactive soil on top of the separation layer and lightly pack down. Add live plants and incorporate other habitat features (e.g. rocks, branches, cork bark, etc.) for the most naturalistic setup. Adding a thin layer of Sphagnum Moss or Sheet Moss on top of the soil as a “carpet” will enhance the natural look and help retain humidity. Lastly, add your clean-up crew and Biodegradables (Leaf Litter, Dead Wood Lichen, Seed Pods, etc.). These will provide a food source for your clean-up crew which will naturally break down and enrich the soil, nourishing the live plants. Be sure to install proper lighting to help ensure your live plants thrive.




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