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    has anybody tried using cocotek as a growing medium?

    i got it at a hydroponic store and i wanted to try experimenting it to my butterwort instead of using peat moss

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    Is it Coir or coconut husk fibers without any fertilizers added? If it's just Coir then yes you can use it as a replacement for peat moss I bought a huge bale of the stuff off ebay a while ago and have been using it going on 3 years next spring! Some acid loving plants might enjoy a mix of some peat moss in the coir to make it more acidic but in general it works good, hard to wet well without overwetting though, just like peat. I am a big fan of LFS on most stuff (add some shredded cypress mulch to add drainage on bigger pots) cos peat and coir can both go foul after a while compared to plants in LFS which can go years without becoming nasty.

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    its coir.
    thanks swords, cuz i was pretty worried.
    i got the size of a brick of it. when i soaked it, it expanded like crazy!!! i only needed it fit an 8 inch pot, but since i soaked the whole brick, i had A LOT left over. SO i decided to repot my adelae too.
    So now i have an adeleae, my original butterwort, and about 8 leaf pullings of butterworts in coco coir and space rocks. Oh yea, and enough coco coir soil to feed half the town's plants

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    LOL Didn't you know how much it would expand? I bought that bale and were I to wet it all at once it would probably expand and fill a kiddie pool!

    You can also get Coir bricks sold as "Bed A Beast" at Petsmart and Petco in the reptile dept.

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    DO NOT USE IT BY ITSELF!

    it breaks down rapidly into sludge quickly, as in a couple months, if it is used by itself in a pot or in a heavy mix that does not allow air to move in the media readily.......however mixed with orchid bark or other large lumpy media it can work fine...
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    Yup, it's just like peat to me, I'm not a big fan of the stuff. LFS is better.

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    peat may go bad.....coir WILL go bad if used by itself......does work decent for starting nep seeds but i transplant them out of it as soon as they get a couple pairs of leaves....
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    Alone it behaves the same as peat for me. I've been using the coir & shredded cypress mulch 50/50 for 3 years in my anole tank and it's still doing fine. My Ant plants however have only been in their pots of all coir for a year or so and look as if they ought to be moved as the soil is getting an old peat look about it.

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