FYI: Crayola play sand!!!!!TIP!!!

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Just wanted to share a little secret in cheap substrate...its Crayola play sand! It comes in many nice colours,and its designed for kids so if they ingest it,its harmless! 15$ a bag..fills a 20 gal....easy! Me and my breeder friend swear by it..the colors dont bleed and no harm to Axies..they just spit it out as they eat! LOVE IT...in Canada its readily available at Canadian Tire....hope that helps!!!
 

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I prefer the purple,it shows off the dark and Leucistics nicely....its very fine..its for kids sand boxes....its totally safe...as mine pick food right off the sand..never had a issue!
 

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Crayola play sand is not safe for axies. It is basically sand with an acrylic coating, which is fine in water, but when axies ingest it they acrylic coating comes off and can affect the axie.
 

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Crayola play sand is not safe for axies. It is basically sand with an acrylic coating, which is fine in water, but when axies ingest it they acrylic coating comes off and can affect the axie.

But wouldn't the same happen with human toddlers?
 

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But wouldn't the same happen with human toddlers?
Yes it does. But a 30lb toddler can handle a small amount of acrylic paint, an axie weighs a few ounces so just a few grains of sand could be a toxic dose.
 

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Yes it does. But a 30lb toddler can handle a small amount of acrylic paint, an axie weighs a few ounces so just a few grains of sand could be a toxic dose.
Yeah... I just thought of some toddlers who eat a lot of sand. But you're absolutely right!
 

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Funny my breeder been using it for years with absolutly no ill affects! And theres no coating coming off the sand...and no colour bleed...never had a issue..well imho i'll keep using it...becides nothing is safe for anyone or anything nowadays!lol
 

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FAQs heres the link...it says its safe for aq.and terrariums.. but to each his own....I guess....
 

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I think it's probably OK - I would consider using it myself.
 

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Yes, - it's water stable and safe for 'aquarium use', but the digestive system of an axie is not the same as an aquarium!
It's up to each owner to make their own decision on the risk though.
 

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Aunti: yes I agree...but theres risks with owning any animal...its up to the owner to decide ...nothing is 100% safe....I just know from watching my Axo's that they spit out sand..and if they injest..so far its not harming them...it is considered NON Toxic..and the bag has a stamp on the back stating with a number that it is NON Toxic,mind you im shre no animal testing was considered...but in the wild im sure they eat a heck of allot grosser and toxic **** living in the water...anyhoo...I just wanted to post a option for cheaper more afordable substrate.
 

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