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Calcium sand

Postby Reptphibian » Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:18 am

Is calcium sand got d for bearded dragons. I know that any type of substrate can be harmful because it can cause impaction, but is the calcium in the sand bad for it?
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Re: Calcium sand

Postby claudiusx » Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:22 am

Calcium sand is the worst type of sand. It clumps together. Regular playsand is better.

But you're right, solid substrate is generally considered to be a safer alternative than loose substrates like sand.

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Re: Calcium sand

Postby Dragongirl14 » Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:48 pm

NO!!! Calcium sand is really bad for them, it clumps together and can cause impaction. No sand is really good for them to be honest😬
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Re: Calcium sand

Postby MrSpectrum » Fri Aug 23, 2019 5:04 am

Reptphibian wrote:I know that any type of substrate can be harmful because it can cause impaction

"Substrate" is defined (by Google) as "the surface or material on or from which an organism lives, grows, or obtains its nourishment."

Not all substrates are (potentially) harmful. Ceramic/stone tile, for example, is quite safe. Some folks use newspaper or paper towel, which are also relatively safe.

Here's an article on BD substrates (with table) worth (IMO) perusing:

How to Choose the Best Substrate And Wild Bearded Dragon Substrates
https://beardeddragonsworld.com/best-substrate-for-bearded-dragons/

I have another table, but can't find the source, so I hesitate to post it.
(Doesn't search as an "image")

There is an enormous wealth of information & discussion about substrates on this (beardeddragon.org) site. Click on the magnifying glass in the upper right corner, type substrate, and scroll down past the ads.

Another excellent source (IMO) is Reptiles Magazine
http://www.reptilesmagazine.com/
Same type of search as above

If you search directly on google, (IMO) avoid any sites that (may) sell substrates or rate substrates ("Best of" lists)

YMMV
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Re: Calcium sand

Postby BeardedDragonSteve » Tue Sep 10, 2019 12:48 pm

claudiusx wrote:Calcium sand is the worst type of sand. It clumps together. Regular playsand is better.

But you're right, solid substrate is generally considered to be a safer alternative than loose substrates like sand.

-Brandon

Can you use the zoo med molding clay
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Re: Calcium sand

Postby MrSpectrum » Tue Sep 10, 2019 4:40 pm

I think you mean excavator clay(?)

See the article I linked to. :wink:
It has the same pros & cons of other loose substrates.
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Re: Calcium sand

Postby BeardedDragonSteve » Wed Sep 11, 2019 2:17 pm

MrSpectrum wrote:I think you mean excavator clay(?)

See the article I linked to. :wink:
It has the same pros & cons of other loose substrates.

By the way the way to use sand without impaction is to not use it with beardie less than 6 months of age and to feed them outside of their enclosure which is good if you feed them superworms butter worms phoenix worms ect
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