Pore Buildup

FatalTrip

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Switched to biodude from walnut shells to prevent beardies pores from getting clogged but it does not look like it is helping, is this a bad buildup or normal? I have been considering slate tile for a few months now because of substrate complications.
 

KarrieRee

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Hiccup he is 4 and Blaze is 3
Switched to biodude from walnut shells to prevent beardies pores from getting clogged but it does not look like it is helping, is this a bad buildup or normal? I have been considering slate tile for a few months now because of substrate complications.
Soak in some diluted betadine solution make it look like a weak tea for around 10 min or so you want them soft - you can also use some coconut oil - I do that apply w/ a baby soft toothbrush or Q tip will work - he needs some sort of rough surface in the tank so when he rubs across it they can come out - its ok if they are flat but if they start sticking out like a candle stick thats when they need to come out --
 

xp29

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I keep sandstone in my males habitat, but pretty much any slab of rock should work including slate. However slate has a finer texture so it may take all little longer to see results.
Just make sure its secured and can't fall on him. (I know I'm speaking the obvious but better safe than sorry :) )
 

FatalTrip

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I keep sandstone in my males habitat, but pretty much any slab of rock should work including slate. However slate has a finer texture so it may take all little longer to see results.
Just make sure its secured and can't fall on him. (I know I'm speaking the obvious but better safe than sorry :) )
We got more wood stuff so he can scratch on that, but I meant we might get slate tiles for the whole bottom of the tank, whats your opinion of that? I saw sandstone tiles on home depot website that were availible too, I searched sandstone for reptile and only found fake petco ones lol. Home depot was best bet.
 

KarrieRee

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Hiccup he is 4 and Blaze is 3
We got more wood stuff so he can scratch on that, but I meant we might get slate tiles for the whole bottom of the tank, whats your opinion of that? I saw sandstone tiles on home depot website that were availible too, I searched sandstone for reptile and only found fake petco ones lol. Home depot was best bet.
You don't want something that is real coarse that causes abrasions- also slate can get real hot -
 

FatalTrip

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You don't want something that is real coarse that causes abrasions- also slate can get real hot -
I dont think it would get hot enough to burn, I finally got a laser temp reader to be safe :)
EDIT: I will try to test temperature and have him outside while i let it heat up. Anything recommended? like sandstone on the bottom instead of slate tile
 

smaugthebeardie3756

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I dont think it would get hot enough to burn, I finally got a laser temp reader to be safe :)
EDIT: I will try to test temperature and have him outside while i let it heat up. Anything recommended? like sandstone on the bottom instead of slate tile
Personally I would think sandstone is too porous and would be a pain to keep clean and sanitary as a substrate. I've heard slate is easy to clean with 50/50 water and vinegar.

I have a Zen habitat and use the mat they make for it, and used carpet before that. I can say carpet is terrible. Hard to keep clean, holds bacteria, catches nails, and bugs get under very easily. I love how easy the mat is to clean, but I was thinking about switching to something more naturalistic if not full bioactive in the future. Gives me a little pause though, seeing you have some trouble with it.
 

KarrieRee

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Hiccup he is 4 and Blaze is 3
I dont think it would get hot enough to burn, I finally got a laser temp reader to be safe :)
EDIT: I will try to test temperature and have him outside while i let it heat up. Anything recommended? like sandstone on the bottom instead of slate tile
Here is a pic of the tile I use from Home Depot -- it does not get hot and has some texture -- the is slated ceramic tile -- go to the store and run your hand across the tile - that is how I did it -- then you can see how coarse or abrasive it is -- my dragons have never gotten any type of feet or belly abrasions from this stuff
 

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xp29

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I agree with Smaug and Karrie. I wouldn't try to do the whole bottom in sandstone, if you use a glass enclosure it would be really heavy, and it can be hard to clean. I have a couple pieces i set up as hides and basking in that habitat but i have shelf liner in the bottom so my boy can get off the sandstone if he wants to.
 

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FatalTrip

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I agree with Smaug and Karrie. I wouldn't try to do the whole bottom in sandstone, if you use a glass enclosure it would be really heavy, and it can be hard to clean. I have a couple pieces i set up as hides and basking in that habitat but i have shelf liner in the bottom so my boy can get off the sandstone if he wants to.
Shelf liner is a great idea, I am probably going to use your idea or karrie suggestion
 

AHBD

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No, his pores are not bad but you do need something rough for him to crawl on. I agree with the suggestion of using rocks. You can even gather them from outside if you live near a creek or river. Just soak + scrub them in very hot water with dish soap + vinegar, then rinse well with hot water. All of my rocks come from outdoors and you can find some beautiful ones.
 

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