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New Beardy Mama - substrate questions

PostPosted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 5:14 pm
by RollinYollin
Hi all, I've just picked up the tank and equipment for my new Beardy baby, named Mushu, who will be coming home on Tuesday. I've read a lot about different substrates and what works and what doesn't. I think I've mostly settled on doing slate tiles but would love to hear some other opinions from experieneced owners. I've had snakes before, but this is my first Bearded and I want to make sure he's getting the best care he can possibly get. Thanks!

Re: New Beardy Mama - substrate questions

PostPosted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 5:24 pm
by Claudiusx
Welcome to the site! How exciting, I bet you can't wait for your dragon to get here :)

Did you order Mushu or are you picking him up from a shop?

I user normal ceramic tiles in my tanks, but slate is a good choice too :)

-Brandon

Re: New Beardy Mama - substrate questions

PostPosted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 5:28 pm
by RollinYollin
Hey Brandon, thanks for the reply. I got him at a local reptile shop near me that only deals in snakes and lizards. Wasn't comfortable getting him at Petco or the like. I'll be picking him up.

I hear the tiles are the way to go to avoid impaction.

Re: New Beardy Mama - substrate questions

PostPosted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 6:25 pm
by KarrieRee
Tiles are great-- easy to clean - I put a thick shop paper towel under mine to catch watery urate- do not glue or grout the tile lay them in loose so you can pull them to clean- make sure you get a textured slated tile no smooth- ingot mine from home depot- looks like this
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Cost was $13 for a 4x2x2 tank
Karrie

Re: New Beardy Mama - substrate questions

PostPosted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 6:28 pm
by RollinYollin
Karrie,

Thanks so much. I got a 60 gallon tank for him, so that's very helpful!

Re: New Beardy Mama - substrate questions

PostPosted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 6:33 pm
by KarrieRee
Just make sure if you go w/ tile to have it cut w/ a tile cutter- you don't want jagged edges and cut it to size of tank--- and get ceramic and nothing real course
Karrie