1. Welcome! Are you interested in tortoises? If so, we invite you to join our community! Our community is the #1 place for tortoise keepers to talk online. Once you join you'll be able to post messages, upload pictures of your tortoise and enclosure, and discuss any tortoise topic with other tortoise keepers. Get started today!

Do I still need to change the substrate?

Discussion in 'Tortoise Enclosure Substrate' started by Pure Tortoise Power, Jul 16, 2019.

Help Support Tortoise Forums by donating:

  1. Pure Tortoise Power

    Pure Tortoise Power Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2019
    Messages:
    471
    Likes Received:
    165
    Trophy Points:
    43
    Location (City and/or State):
    Hong Kong
    I know changing substrate is for keeping the enclosure clean. But do I still need to do it when there are a big number of springtails inside the substrate?
  2. Maro2Bear

    Maro2Bear Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

    Joined:
    May 29, 2014
    Messages:
    7,402
    Likes Received:
    24,692
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location (City and/or State):
    Glenn Dale, Maryland, USA
    (These ads do not appear for registered members.)
    It’s really best and more economical to “spot” clean, ie, routinely/daily check out your torts’s enclosure removing old food, animal waste, etc. Then, every once in awhile, remove some substrate and add new substrate back in. But, there’s no reason to just willy nilly toss and replace. Depending on the size of your enclosure, that can get very expensice fast AND it also disorients your torts environment when done.

    Conduct daily spot checks, remove waste, add new substrate occasionally, and let your springtails earn their keep!

    Good luck
Similar Threads: still need
Forum Title Date
Tortoise Enclosure Substrate Advice needed: Molding on reptibark? Sep 6, 2018
Tortoise Enclosure Substrate Links/ideas needed Mar 19, 2018
Tortoise Enclosure Substrate new turtle need advice Feb 23, 2016
Tortoise Enclosure Substrate I need help on substrate Apr 25, 2015
Tortoise Enclosure Substrate Sherlock May Need Some Help! Mar 27, 2015

Share This Page