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Posted by Dan on April 09, 2000 at 11:37:55:
In Reply to: Gaboon Substrate posted by Henry on March 22, 2000 at 18:58:05:
Substrate. There are certain questions that are eternal. Which came first, the chicken or the egg? What is the sound of one hand clapping? What substrate should I use?
Well, I don't claim to know it all, but I've had excellent luck with 2 products: T-Rex Forest Bedding (it comes in blocks, and you mix it with water to get it to expand) and T-Rex cali-sand.
The forest bedding is unreal. One block will absorb just under a gallon of water. I use it with my snake (burmese python) and iguanas. For the snake, it's great - I add about 3 quarts of water to it every other day, and it keeps the humidity between 50 and 90, depending on the conditions outside. It's particles are small enough that I don't worry too much about impactations, tho I feed the burm out of his cage, and the ig's from a dish, just to be safe. In the Ig cage, it requires a bit more looking after - if they spill food out on to it, mold will start to develope quickly, and must be cleaned out.
For my Sav monitor and broadhead skink, I use the calci-sand. It's digestible (100%) so ingestion isn't a worry - if they eat it, it's a good source of calcium. It also holds water well. It is, however, a bit more expensive then other sand-substrates. The up sode is that once you make the initial investment in it, you don't spend any more on a per week or per month basis in keeping it's level up. It also comes in a variety of PURRTY colors. I try and mix the colors (black, tan, brown, red, etc.) to give my cages a natural look - I like it better that way, and I think the animals do too.
Note: The opinions contained in this post are just my personal opinions, and in no way claim to be correct ;)