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I'm not sure if this is the correct section for this thread, but the site seemed primarily aquarium-oriented, so I wasn't sure of this should go to the Substrate section. I still consider myself a complete newbie to this site, so please correct any faux pas on my part.

I made this post regarding millipede tank drainage layers nearly a year and a half ago. Sadly, my grand plans for a terrarium were put on hold due to having a an barely-insulated apartment with a mold infestation in the walls. However, I am now out of the moldy, 85 degree deathbox, and can resume my quest for a millipede terrarium.

To summarize the progress made in the previous post I made, I plan to house Dendrostreptus macracanthus, possibly some Macrolenostreptus brachycerus, and the usual pillbugs in a planted 10 gal.

The temperature will be around 75F, and the humidity at 60-70%. For plants I'm thinking a small ficus, creeping fig or pothos, pilea, and mosses.

Now for the question:

What kind of soil mix should I be using for this tank? Coco fiber is pretty standard for millipedes as far as I know, but I assume the plants won't like it without something else added.
 

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You can use an abg mix, either store bought or make you own. There are recipes out there for it. Personally, i like the soiless hydroponics growing substrates. I really don't know much about millipedes, so i am not positive they will be the best for them. I just know plants love'em.....lol i would suggest checking out one of the herp forums, they normally have good bug sections with very knowledgeable people :)
 

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Hydrophyte suggested this rainforest mix soil. I looked into some ABG mixes too, and wasn't sure about the addition of charcoal. I wasn't sure how good that would be for 'pedes, but apparently it's fine for terrestrial isopods, who pretty much have the same diet and requirements.

I don't imagine soilless substrates would work well for millipdes, considering they live in/eat soil.

I'll go check out the herp section more carefully for bug info, thanks!

What does ABG stand for, anyway?
 
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