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Discussion in 'Bearded Dragons' started by GumDrops, Jun 27, 2008.

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  1. GumDrops

    GumDrops Active Member

    First of all, sorry for asking so many questions. It's just I plan on getting a beardie soon, and I want to be prepared. (Yes, I've read the caresheet.)

    I live in an area with alot of rocks. My question is, If I find a flat rock outside, how can I sterilize it to use in the beardie's tank? Bake it? Soak it? Or would I be better off buying an artificial rock from Petsmart or something?

  2. kriminaal

    kriminaal HH Block Leader Staff Member Premium Member

    Just pressure wash it off and it'll be fine.
  3. schlegelbagel

    schlegelbagel Frog Lover Premium Member

    Scrub it with a 1-10 bleach solution, rinse well.
  4. LokisMom

    LokisMom Member

    I'd like to add a question: I've been wanting a basking rock for Loki, but most of the rocks here are sandstone, which is of course very porous. Can I still sterilize them easily?
  5. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Yes. if you soak them in water first and then wash with the bleach solution, the bleach will not have such a tendency to soak into the stone.
    If you prefer to use the boiling water technique just dip the sandstone in the boiling water and pull it right back out.
    If you heat it too long and the stone has any air pockets in it, it may explode!
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