A blended substrate to help create the ideal environment for Crested Geckos and other arboreal species.
ProRep Crestie Life is part of the species specific 'Life' series of substrates and has been designed to meet the needs of arboreal species that require high humidity. The mix of ingredients provides an open structured substrate that will hold moisture, releasing it slowly into the atmosphere to maintain a high humidity. Its open structure ensures that air is able to penetrate deep into the substrate layer, preventing stagnation and unpleasant smells and the slightly acidic PH helps to inhibit bacterial growth.
Crestie Life can be used as an active medium for growing live plants that need a neutral or acidic soil. It is not suitable for plants that need alkaline soil, or in enclosures that have aquatic areas that may cause the substrate to become waterlogged. Because of its moisture retaining qualities and open structure Crestie Life is also suitable as an egg laying medium and eggs laid in it will not dehydrate before they can be collected.
Crestie Life is suitable for all arboreal species, including invertebrates such as stick insects.
Spread the substrate evenly over the bottom of the enclosure to a depth suitable for the species and use.
For use as a general substrate with arboreal lizards a layer of 2.5cm Ð 5cm is sufficient. The substrate should be kept sufficiently damp to maintain the required humidity. Water can be sprayed onto the surface, where it will quickly be absorbed, or can be poured into one corner to create variations in substrate water content throughout the enclosure. It is important that the substrate does not become waterlogged as this could lead to stagnation and unpleasant odours.
For growing plants it may be necessary to increase the depth of substrate to provide sufficient depth for root development. This can be achieved by banking the substrate from the front to back of the enclosure, or by using rocks or wood to retain deeper substrate in certain areas.
Crestie Life should be spot cleaned daily, removing faeces along with the substrate around it and replacing with a small amount of fresh substrate. The nature of Crestie Life means that complete changes need only be carried out if the substrate becomes waterlogged or excessively soiled.
When using with a heat mat
If you are using a heat mat as your heat source for arboreal species it is recommended that this is mounted on the wall, and at the top of the terrarium.
If a heat mat is used under the tank then you cannot use a thick layer of Crestie Life as this may cause the heat mat to overheat. Please refer to the heat mat manufacturer's instructions for more information.