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Coconut coir question

Postby minervasden » Sun May 17, 2015 12:46 pm

Does anyone know the difference (if any) between plant and reptile label coconut coir bricks? I was price comparing and kept noticing plant people who preferred (without elaboration) reptile label product. My preliminary search didn't/hasn't yet turned up anything on herp people using plant label coir.
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Re: Coconut coir question

Postby minervasden » Sun May 17, 2015 2:13 pm

Found a partial answer on an invert. board. Many keepers using coir bricks from the nursery for the lower cost. No discussion on differences aside from cost. Perhaps there is a difference in coarseness between brands or nursery vs. reptile.
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Re: Coconut coir question

Postby Ash » Sun May 17, 2015 3:01 pm

That's actually really good to know. I didn't know the answer, and was wondering about it myself, so I was gonna go look around and see if I could find anything. That's very helpful.
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Re: Coconut coir question

Postby minervasden » Sun May 17, 2015 11:16 pm

Now I've found the information I was searching for about the coir. High salt levels is the issue some plant people have. They either due additional processing themselves or just buy a reptile brand. Some of the nursery/hydro brands do claim to have special processing for low salt levels.

So, if you decide to purchase plant labeled coconut coir choose a reputable brand which processes for a low salt level. Just to be safe, especially if you have sensitive critters such as amphibians.
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Re: Coconut coir question

Postby KingObeat » Tue May 19, 2015 12:50 am

I've been told that the coconut core used for plants also tend to have mites in them. I really hate dealing with mites, so I always use bedding that's specifically for reptiles.
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Re: Coconut coir question

Postby minervasden » Tue May 19, 2015 7:11 am

That's something I have not heard before (the mites).

Edited to clarify that I meant mites other than occasional plant mites.
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Re: Coconut coir question

Postby Rubythills » Tue Jul 05, 2016 10:22 am

minervasden wrote:Does anyone know the difference (if any) between plant and reptile label coconut coir bricks? I was price comparing and kept noticing plant people who preferred (without elaboration) reptile label product. My preliminary search didn't/hasn't yet turned up anything on herp people using plant label coir.


I use coco cor for my tortoises. You can get it much cheaper in bulk from someplace like lowes or Home Depot. Don't think there is any difference between the two.
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Re: Coconut coir question

Postby minervasden » Tue Jul 05, 2016 11:47 am

@ Rubythills- Thanks for your input. I did find the information I needed (see quote below). I currently only use small amounts of the product for a hermit crab enclosure so bulk isn't a need for me at this time. Out of curiosity, what is the brand you use? And is there any mention of salt levels on the package?

minervasden wrote:Now I've found the information I was searching for about the coir. High salt levels is the issue some plant people have. They either due additional processing themselves or just buy a reptile brand. Some of the nursery/hydro brands do claim to have special processing for low salt levels.

So, if you decide to purchase plant labeled coconut coir choose a reputable brand which processes for a low salt level. Just to be safe, especially if you have sensitive critters such as amphibians.
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