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Drying out substrate

Discussion in 'Tarantula Enclosures' started by Rickdawg73, Mar 28, 2018.

  1. Rickdawg73

    Rickdawg73 Member

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    Can anyone tell me how to remove excess moisture from coco fiber substrate? I'm setting up a new enclosure and used too much water when rehydrating the substrate. I was hoping it would just evaporate off but no luck :-/ Do I have to squeeze the excess water out?
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    Enn49 Moderator Staff Member 3 Year Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Squeeze as much water out as you can then spread it out in a roasting tin and cook it in the oven on low heat, stirring it occasionally.
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    Mix in dry substrate until the moisture level becomes acceptable.
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    That only works if you have already dried some.
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    Usually I just get bagged Eco Earth, not the bricks for that very reason. Pet smart and Petco both have it.
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    Thanks for the input everyone. I did end up squeezing and "baking" the substrate and have since rehoused my little GBB :)
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    Dave Jay Well-Known Member

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    If you could squeeze water out you added way to much!
    It takes less than 2 litres to hydrate a brick of substrate but you have to plan ahead. I usually expand a couple at a time so I always have some on hand. I actually find it harder to wet dry expanded coco peat properly than to expand a fresh brick though , but it does save waiting overnight.