The longest running Amphibian Community on the Internet.

Tags Register FAQ Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read Caudata.org Store

Notices

Newt and Salamander Help Got a problem? Ill newt? Basic questions? Ask about them here.

 

 

Thread Tools Display Modes
Prev Previous Post   Next Post Next
Old 9th September 2007   #1
TragicallyHerc
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Nationality:
Posts: 3
Gallery Images: 0
Comments: 0
Rep: TragicallyHerc has started on the right path
Default Substrates.

Hey everyone, I was at the Pet Store today looking to buy substrate for my salamander. Usually I go with that shredded coconut bark stuff that comes in bricks. Today the guy there seemed certain that what I needed was this stuff called Calci-Sand. I looked at it and was skeptical. It looks like rough beach sand, with large chunks that I am sure would get accidentaly eaten. After explaining to me that it is good stuff and that it is like what they have in the wild (I have never seen a forest with beach sand mind you ) I decided I might try it. I bought 1 5lb bag, instead of the four that he said I should get to fill the bottom of the tank. I was still really skeptical but hey, I could always return the bag. I guess I don't really believe a word out of pet shop employees mouths after some very shoddy information led to my brothers frog dying.

So reading the bag of the bag it says substrate for snakes, lizards, tortoises and turtles. No salamanders there. So I did a little reading on the internet and reception to this Calci-Sand seems to be less than enthuisiastic. Some claim it to be downright dangerous.

(I should throw a disclaimer that this link does have a dead and cut open gecko, so if you don't wanna see it, don't look) http://www.petzoo.co.uk/extra_info_p...hp?pages_id=29

Right there is a picture and description of what many people had been saying to watch out for.

I am pretty sure I am going to return it and not use it. Never had problems with the bark bricks. No sense in risking this.

What are your thoughts on this Calci-Sand? Also, what would you reccomend as a substrate? Soil (no vermiticulites (spelling?)) or that coconut bark bricks?



TragicallyHerc is offline   Reply With Quote
 

Tags
substrates

Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads

Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Terrestrial Substrates: what do you use? SludgeMunkey General Discussion 34 8th June 2019 04:50
Mud/Silty substrates Lasher General Discussion 0 25th April 2008 18:29
Substrates... viperidae81 General Discussion 5 16th July 2007 21:59
What are your choices for substrates? invertkurt General Discussion 4 18th May 2007 19:09
Substrates...which are which. raphael Newt and Salamander Help 9 30th January 2003 01:27


All times are GMT. The time now is 15:37.