Natural Leaf Litter
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NEHERP Leaf Litter
Natural consumable bedding for vivariums with Isopods and/or Springtails
NEHERP Staff Description:
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 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. View processing instructions.
A Note On Processing Leaf Litter:
While our leaf litter is hand picked, free of most natural debris, and deep-freeze processed, 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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