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Play Sand Vs Calci Sand

Discussion in 'Substrates/Bedding/Flooring' started by Reptoid, Mar 25, 2009.

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  1. Reptoid

    Reptoid Elite Member

    I've heard many people say play sand is a better substrate than calci sand. What makes this so?
     
  2. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Both have their risks. Play sand is a finer particle.
    Calcium sand actually encourages the animal to consume it and neutralizes stomach acid.
    Calcium Sand - Dangers
     
  3. Kendalle

    Kendalle Elite Member

    I would say that play sand is better being that is more natural, however, neither are good for anything if that is not the natural substrate for your animal.

    If you are using either, when a sandy loose substrate is not what your animal needs it can do serious harm! Including impaction, irritated eyes, and I'm sure more...
     
  4. schlegelbagel

    schlegelbagel Frog Lover Premium Member

    I think both sands are bad in most cases, calci-sand being worse, but it really depends on what you are putting ON the sand.
     
  5. Rich

    Rich Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    The link posted by Merlin explains a lot of the issues with calcisand. The issues documented on that page are not all applicable to normal playsand.
     
  6. reddz

    reddz Member

    My brother uses zilla Alfalfa Meal instead of sand. He switched over since it was too darn messy and heavy. I've never touched sand for those same reasons.
     
  7. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    For what animal?
     
  8. reddz

    reddz Member

    For beardies
     
  9. schlegelbagel

    schlegelbagel Frog Lover Premium Member

    the problem with the alfalfa meal is they eat it. This both dehydrates them (fills them up on it and then no room for food with moisture) but if they poop or urate on it, they then eat that too! It also molds fast.
     
  10. teiryklav94

    teiryklav94 Well-Known Member

    calci sand will cause very bad impaction if used for lizard.
    I suggest play sand is better ;)
     
  11. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    I prefer to play it safe and use neither.
     
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