Discussion in 'Substrates/Bedding/Flooring' started by Reptoid, Mar 25, 2009.
I've heard many people say play sand is a better substrate than calci sand. What makes this so?
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
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...
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.
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.
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.
For what animal?
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.
calci sand will cause very bad impaction if used for lizard.
I suggest play sand is better
I prefer to play it safe and use neither.
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