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Natural Leaf Litter

Top quality drainage substrates for bioactive vivariums

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About Our Bioactive Vivarium Substrates

NEHERP Vivarium Substrate Base Kits
Our company's reputation was partially formed around our absolute top-quality vivarium substrates which last long term, grow plants beautifully, and support the life of beneficial microfauna. We strongly urge anyone new to the hobby to familiarize themselves with the tangible differences between vivarium advice offered by pet shops, and what you'll experience at a real vivarium specialist shop. The topics of drainage, pH balance, resistance to compacting, and the mix's ability to support flora & microfauna life must all be considered when creating a vivarium substrate. Inappropriate choices (such as coconut fiber, peat, potting soil, or any mix primarily made up of any of those three) will not have the benefits of a real vivarium substrate, and carry risks of their own. Every vivarium substrate we offer is of the absolute highest quality, and have been proven for years to be long-lasting, dependable solutions for the vivarium hobby. Please check out the Vivarium Substrate section in Vivarium Construction 101 to learn more.
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Leaf Litter

Natural consumable bedding for vivariums with Isopods and/or Springtails

Live Oak Leaf Litter For Bioactive Terrariums Magnolia Leaf Litter For Bioactive Terrariums
Live Oak
Magnolia
Leaf litter plays an important role in a properly built live vivarium environment. To put it simply, this is a consumable product which will be fragmented broken up by agitation, chewing and/or digestion) by the Springtails & Isopods within the substrate layer. Leaf litter will help sustain healthy microfauna populations as well as provide micro nutrients for the plants & beneficial mycorrhizal fungi within the enclosure. Our leaf litter is hand collected & sorted by our long-term contractors for a debris-free product. In addition, we put our leaf litter through an aggressive deep freeze process (-14°f for 48hrs) as an added quality control procedure above the norm. Live Oak leaf litter is probably the most commonly used leaf litter today, since the perfectly sized small leaves resist breaking down while looking great. Magnolia is our most inexpensive leaf litter which is most commonly used with larger species like Geckos. Either option provides a long lasting, reliable, and well proven option as a "top layer" over any of our Live Vivarium Substrates.
A Note On Processing Leaf Litter:
While our leaf litter is hand picked, debris-free, and deep-freezed, it's still a worthwhile practice to process leaf litter before using it in a live environment. The added peace of mind is worth the 5 minute procedure, so please be sure to process leaf litter before use. The process will also make the leaves easier for the Springtails & Isopods to digest!
How To Process Leaf Litter:
1) Thoroughly rinse the leaves in a pot of water
2) Drain & refill the pot with fresh clean water
3) Bring the pot to a boil for about 2-3 minutes
4) Allow to cool, then strain leaves before use!
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Live Oak Magnolia
Live Oak $6.99/Gallon
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Live Oak Usually $6.99/Gallon
10% Off - $6.29/Gallon
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Stock Notification!
Our records show that this product has very little or no stock left at the moment, but we're expecting a shipment imminently. If ordered today, we'd expect it to ship within 1-5 business days.
Live Oak Magnolia
Magnolia $6.99/Gallon
On Sale Now!
Magnolia Usually $6.99/Gallon
10% Off - $6.29/Gallon
Sold Out!
Stock Notification!
Our records show that this product has very little or no stock left at the moment, but we're expecting a shipment imminently. If ordered today, we'd expect it to ship within 1-5 business days.
Available at a discount in our Vivarium Substrate Base Kits
Strictly limit 2 gallons per order.

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