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    Question Slate for Substrate in Enclosure

    I currently have my little guy on repti-carpet and I want to change it out to 6" slate. Any suggestions on what to use to level these slate pieces out inside my 40 breeder tank? What to use for grout so he doesn't get his toes stuck between the pieces? I thought about using silicon for grout but i don't have anything else to put him in while it is de-fuming/curing. Any ideas/suggestions would be great.






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    Re: Slate for Substrate in Enclosure

    They usually supply a type of "comb" tool to spread the adhesive for the tiles which means they go on quite evenly, but you can use a straight piece of timber just to tamp them down flat, If you cut a piece of 2x1 inch just under the length of the tank, and another the width. The tile grout is best that`s used for tiling bathrooms/kitchens etc.

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    Re: Slate for Substrate in Enclosure

    My tank is a glass 40 breeder tank. I don't really want to put down anything permanant. When he gets a little older I am going to build a much bigger enclosure for him and sell my 40 breeder. I am afraid that I wouldn't be able to sell it if I permanently install slate.

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    Re: Slate for Substrate in Enclosure

    Why did you want to try tiles, the reptile carpet is perfectly good?

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    Re: Slate for Substrate in Enclosure

    The carpet gets really nasty and it's hard to keep it clean. I wanted the slate so I could wipe up the daily potty and the flooring be clean.

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    Re: Slate for Substrate in Enclosure

    I just have loose tiles on top of a layer of paper towels to keep the sounds of the tiles moving when he's running around muffled. No sealant necessary.

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    Re: Slate for Substrate in Enclosure

    Yes, you can have the tiles loose, or you could even put some double sided tape on them, it would be easy enough to take them off later, without damaging the bottom of the tank.

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    Re: Slate for Substrate in Enclosure

    That is a great idea. You don't think he will get his toes stuck between the tiles? The tiles fit together pretty close to each other.

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    Re: Slate for Substrate in Enclosure

    Quote Originally Posted by Dnm1012 View Post
    That is a great idea. You don't think he will get his toes stuck between the tiles? The tiles fit together pretty close to each other.
    Well you can always put some grout between them, it would still be easy enough to remove them later.

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    Re: Slate for Substrate in Enclosure

    Very true.

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