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Old 17-10-2019, 12:41 AM
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I’ve just ordered a small bag of Zoo Med Excavator clay to try out, but I was just wondering if anyone else had tried it and what they thought of it? I’m going to attempt to use it as a sort of cement to support to elevate a slate stack in my Leopard Geckos Viv.

Is it safe to leave her in the viv whilst it’s drying? I want her to have the opportunity to dig her own caves/hides should she choose to

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Old 17-10-2019, 10:02 AM
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Hey again

Iíve just ordered a small bag of Zoo Med Excavator clay to try out, but I was just wondering if anyone else had tried it and what they thought of it? Iím going to attempt to use it as a sort of cement to support to elevate a slate stack in my Leopard Geckos Viv.

Is it safe to leave her in the viv whilst itís drying? I want her to have the opportunity to dig her own caves/hides should she choose to

Thanks all ✌️
It's pretty expensive but works reasonably well. You can make a comparable product quite a lot cheaper yourself. The second 'issue' is that the dry form is quite dusty. This isn't much of an issue when hard or wet though.

I wouldn't use it as cement however, only as a substrate. I wouldn't use it to carry any weight or support something.
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Old 18-10-2019, 01:20 PM
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As Creed says, once it drys out it turns to dust.
For it to hold it has to have moisture still, or be mixed into others to help bind substrate a little more.

Iv used it as part of a sand/soil mix, replacing half the sand with the premix. I found i used but too much excavator and it turns soild, so be careful with your proportions (took a few attempts to get a nice balance).
I think i settled around 20% sand 30% excavator 50% soil and misting every other day, with a few extra squirts in the shady bits/cool end .

Since changed to outback desert bedding and soil/sand, and actually thinking of going back... it doesnt hold its form too well when dug into and needs resoaking and pressing more often ( I do a full change every 6/7 months roughly)
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Old 19-10-2019, 02:46 PM
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Thanks for the advice! I ended up doing similar to what you suggested and making a mix. I used small bits of just excavator clay as well just to add areas of height, and going to spray it lightly every few days ☺️
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Old 19-10-2019, 03:35 PM
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Just a thought, she can't get stuck in either of those skulls can she?
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Old 20-10-2019, 01:00 PM
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Thanks for your concern but no she can’t get stuck in them ☺️ She fits happily through the eyes and back of the human skull and I’ve completely filled the inside of the buffalo skull so she can’t even try to get in
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