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Just wanted to check on the validity of this as (as per usual I'm hearing lots of different view).
I know substrate from most reptiles at least will be debated widely by a lot of rep owners and in my case Beardie owners.

I don't yet own my beardie but I've got most of the equipment set up and bought most of the bits to go in the viv. The guys in the pet shop have been really great and helpful and I trust them (as far as I can throw them) but they recommended Calci-Sand saying that was good for the babies especially as if they eat it, it goes right through them. Is this true, as I've been seeing on a lot the posts on the forums varied opinions about this stuff, some saying it's ok and some saying that it still causes impaction and can kill.

What do you guys/girls think?

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All reptile stores recommend it - because they will make a profit every time they sell it. Many BD forums have discouraged its use for years. I have seen pictures of x-rayed geckos (and other people who post here have had x-rays done of their geckos) and it shows that sand does not pass through. Personally I use a mixture of newspaper and on top put paper towels (as they look better than newspaper) and add a box for my rankins dragons to dig in. I just won't take the risk that something might happen with it.
 

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nope i wouldnt recomend it either.it can pass through them but it can also get stuck and cause the impaction problem.i know there are a lot of opinions out there on the topic but if you use sand get reptile sand.it isnt calcuim based and its finer then calcisand.i use this for leos but i know people who use it for beardies too.i wouldnt reckomend play sand as it contains too much silica for leos but not sure on beardies.i think there are a few people on here that keep theres on it and havnt had a problem so in the end its up to you hun. :roll:
 

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from what we were told baby beardies should not be put on any sort of sand when they are older yes but not babies, we use newspaper too.
 

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i wouldn't use it for baby beardies and i use it for both my leos and chams..is cos they tend to get substrate whilst after the crickets! messy eaters!
 

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stay away from calci sand rep shop owners know its problems and when i asked about it they gave me an unconvinceing its fine !!! it was desighned for birds to put in there cages but there was so many problems with it including blocking them up that people stoped buying it and so they started marketing for reptiles
i use tiles for my beardie they are so easy to clean theres no chance of impaction and crickets cant hide like they can in newspaper and then come out at night and bit your lizard
 

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dont use calci sand especially for babies. If you want to use sand use specialised repitle sand, its what i use and have had no problems with it, where i have with calci sand, and after seeing pictures of the effects of calci sand i will never use it again.

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