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RE: substrate debate

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Posted by: el_toro at Thu Nov 21 11:33:06 2013  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by el_toro ]  
   

Don't move him to a particulate substrate until he's at least six inches in length. Make sure he eats very well and is well hydrated when you make the switch - if he does eat some, it's more likely to pass safely.

I've used both playsand and millet in the past. Sand is fine (if they don't eat it) but it's heavy and hard to keep clean. Keep food bowls on rock slabs to keep sand out as much as possible. Make sure any rocks are placed on the floor of the cage, not on top of the sand because they WILL dig underneath and get crushed. Natural beach sand is best. I had very good luck with pool filter sand from the pool supply store. I still use it in their dig boxes.

I've mostly used millet and that's worked out fine for me, though it's not a very natural substrate for them. If they like to eat it, though, then you're better off with sand, I think (my opinion only).

Currently, they're all on kraft paper. My millet got a bug infestation that's been a real hassle - another downside. But I used it for...what, ten years before getting bugs?
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Torey
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