Just remember to let Polycrylic or water based (oil modified) polyurethane cure for a week in a well ventilated area to be safe. For most desert lizards, you can use ceramic tiles or stone slate tiles for a more natural look. Dried clay like Excavator provides a safer burrowing substrate. Then I rinse the area with water. There are relatively few reptiles that live predominantly in sand; notable exceptions are shovel-nose snakes and sandfish skinks. You don't want the lizard ingesting particles from the grout. There are many reputable forums online that can help guide you. The risk of drowning is there, plus a significant risk of raising the humidity level too far -thus potentially causing an upper respiratory infection. Try chopping food finely into the lettuce and include a variety of grains. There is much anecdotal evidence that cedar is flat out bad bedding for some critters. You want to stick with acrylic or water based products when building something for your reptiles. Leftovers will dry out while you're waiting between coats. The silicone didn't make it look as weird as I thought it would. This will strengthen the structure, give the pet lizard traction, and reduce the shiny look that the sealant produces. Some tortoises may also take edible flowers like squash blossoms. All forms of ceramic tile use some type of grout to fill and seal the seams between the tiles. Clay that has been fired then glazed and fired again would be completely sterile and non-toxic. http://www.wisegeekhealth.com/what-is-silicosis.htm, Deer Fern Farms Uromastyx Care Page, Doug Dix. I have been looking at your page alot lately and i just love all the projects there are on here..my question, is that as soon as i get back from my deployment to afganastan i have a 120 gallon tank that i wanna turn into a perfect home for a few fire belly toads. Sharp particles can also get into the mouth or cloaca and cause irritation and infection. Just make sure you brush away the loose sand after it dries. Yes grout needs to be sealed, since you're needing it waterproof, with a waterproof sealer. Unfortunately he REFUSES to eat tort food, no matter what. Finding the right type of substrate, or bedding, for your reptile can be very difficult. This will support the weight of an iguana. I followed your instructional video for beginners. It’s a very avoidable risk. nobody has it. What about making fake rock for heavier lizards such as an iguana? As we get knee-deep in winter I'll reduce the time that the light is on a little bit more. I’ve tried to find more resources on it online, but I haven’t found one specifically addressing painting over grout. Eating substrate habitually can be the result of health issues or as an aberrant behavior due to captivity or a lacking environment. Often times you'll find a color that's actually called burnt red or burnt Orange or sandstone. My personal interest is in Aquariums, and just recently discovered the concept of a paludarium, where it is half land, half water. Do I have to use liquid nails or Loctite to glue the Styrofoam pieces together? You don't want to harm your pet. How do you clean these fake rock projects? The potential health risks of these wood products, however, outweigh their benefits. Another question: What type of "mod podge" do you use? Without the sealant you would eventually wear the grout down to the polystyrene. These shavings give off aromatic hydrocarbons known as phenols as well as acids that cause harmful reactions. It would be fine if administered in small amounts on top of food as a calcium supplement, but over time, frequent ingestion will reduce stomach acid. I'm currently using a ceramic-based domed reflector light that is in the neighborhood of 11 inches in diameter. https://beardeddragonsworld.com/how-to-make-background-rock-walls http://inpractice.bmj.com/content/35/3/123.full, Why on earth? You definitely want to seal the grout. But, the only place I've been able to find shields all is at this site: www.hytechsales.com/prod50.html. A vet trip is necessary, but extra hydration (moist foods and fruit) can help. Carol A. Burkhart & James L. Robinson. Just covered the grout models in water based paint and 7-8 coats of Polycrylic. I was also wondering if you had any ideas yourself on what would be a perfect setup for them, I am also thinking of adding an anole as well to the tank. Always, let the fumes air out before placing anything into your reptile's enclosure. So when I say my light is 12 inches away, I really mean it's roughly 12 inches away from the top of the head of my pet bearded Dragon. Products like Loctite hold fairly quickly so that one can progress faster in building their project. there are no chemicals within the grout that could leech into the water or cause issues for the frogs (since they can absorb EVERYTHING through their skin. I tried building a ledge for my crested gecko. This I was unsure of. I'll probably go with this type of bulb I've asked about (the Mercury vapor bulb) and use a reflector dome and just sit it on top of the screen like I see them do at the pet shops. I'm curious if this is actually safe for him or not? With that, I built up the basking spot with a couple of layers of tile -which you can see in the video, then I applied several layers of grout and sand to the spot. Besides this danger, it’s not a great diggable substrate for burrowers and it does not hold heat very well. Be aware your geckos will likely lay eggs in this type of substrate, so a natural terrarium setup might not work for breeders. I would recommend using ceramics for a water dish. Delicate eyes are at risk, and these ground shells can scratch corneas and otherwise irritate the eyes. http://www.quikrete.com/PDFs/MSDS-B4-Playsand.pdf, What is Silicosis? He said that it was, and that it would be ok to lick even. thank you. The problem though is that when I did sand off the points, I realized it sanded down into the 2 layer of grout. For the dust, you might try spraying the entire sculpture with water before you seal it. The sealant also makes your life much much easier, as it is the sealer that enables you to clean a pet's poop out of the reptile habitat very easily and without eroding the grout structure. Those had to be washed heavily because of beardie gifts . When using a packaged bedding for horses or small animals, make sure you sift it and remove sharp pieces. The product I use is called Cellofoam, poly panel, EPS insulation -and it comes in six pieces. Finally, I purchased Olympic Water-Guard Multi-Purpose at Lowes. Those windows can be taken out of course. I tried sanding off the rough edges and was pretty successful. If you apply the grout layers in such a way where you are applying a glue layer plus a light sprinkled layer of sand -in between each layer of grout, it will help in creating a much tougher landscape. I am interested in a Uromastyx, would the products you build be ok in temperatures in the 120's? Every substrate has its own set of risks, and a bare floor is unfriendly to reptiles. You can use some washed playsand as a type of grout to hold the tiles in place, but be sure food will not be dragged through it and cause accidental swallowing. Will this type of project be safe under a basking light and ceramic heat bulb....temps 100F - 105F during the day, as i know polystyrene/styprofoam melts and gives off poisonous fumes at high temps.. However, sand can be an ingredient in terrarium substrate mixes, because when mixed with soil or cocofiber and moistened, the dust is under control and sand can add texture that is more pleasing for digging and holding a burrow. I think this is because of being layed on the newspaper when the grout is literally smashed. I thought about making the back wall in 2 pieces then, but won't crickets just love the small spaces? I don't really have a set measurement for water, but you want it to be kinda thin and soupy. The other option is to not add sand as a last stage, assuming a fire belly toad has the ability to climb smooth surfaces (not vertical smooth). Reptile Habitat Reptile House Reptile Room Reptile Cage Reptile Enclosure Bearded Dragon Habitat Bearded Dragon Cage Bearded Dragon Terrarium Reptiles. Mixing Tub for Grout (I use half of a six pint plastic milk container) ... make sure your design is appropriate to the species in your care and will facilitate the reptiles natural behaviours. Whether you are working with a tropical gecko or a desert lizard, it’s important to know what to look for. The only issue would be their delicate skin. I completed my first fake rock project all the way up until the sealant part. I've never had to cure grout. The most obvious choice for the sealant would be Silicone Aquarium Sealant as my logic train goes: if you can drop it in a tank full of fish and it be safe, I'm sure it would be safe for your reptiles as well. These enlarged hexagons have 20 different textured designs that come together to create varying patterns when arranged together. Membrane-forming grout sealers create a coating on the grout’s surface that resists water penetration. I've never used it so I can't vouch for it, but if an individual from their website says it's non-toxic when cured, I would say you can trust him. On your care sheet you mentioned a uvb light and a heat light. Ive looked in home depot, lowes, And hobby lobby. Always check the product specifications to make sure that you can use the grout cleaner that you’re considering on your tile surfaces. These projects are quite time-consuming (and a bit of a mess), and are a little more expensive to make -than one might think, but in spite of all that they can be quite fun. It will be 4 ft long, 2 ft high, and 14 inches wide. The benefit to shields all is that it's more durable and holds up to moisture very well. i was wondering if i can use your methods on teh fake wall and water fall and will it be fine for my toads? google_ad_client="pub-1609170911902733";google_ad_slot="3211353972";google_ad_width=120;google_ad_height=240; My goal is to make a big enough cage for my green iguana iguana, with a nice water fall/ swimming pool ..basically a pool for them to swim in (and also something easy to clean it out- not sure how i can do that if its to big to pick up by draining it [ problem i cant seem to think past] how to drain something so big easily. My 13 old wants a Bearded Dragon and I am planning on building a vivarium for it and getting him one for Christmas. The third layer had more of a thick paste texture. So the first layer is never extremely watery. But unfortunately they're just too time consuming for me to be able to sell at a reasonable price. Richard Brooks, HerpCenter. I am now re-painting the entire project before sealing again. Similarly, cypress mulch is an alternative that holds humidity well. Feb 10, 2014 - AFM Safecoat Grout Sealer, increases water-resistance, helps prevent stains and provides a wearable, washable surface, no odor, no sheen. Usually what people do is get a cage large enough for adult, which would be at least 18 inches deep by at least 18 inches tall by 48 inches long. It's supposed to be less shiny, but it still winds up being rather shiny. I read the disclaimer, don't worry about me, You just have more experience than me, and if I was to find the best non toxic products, could these techniques be able to withstand being totally submerged in water, all the time? Reptile habitats need some strength to hold up to the continued abuse of whatever lizard or snake you have a living in the cage. The reason not all animals have an issue with it is some are less likely to eat it than others. It is low in dust and holds humidity very well, but this leads to problems of bacteria and mold growth, plus it’s a great place for mites to hide. The dust can also cause eye irritation and even blindness. The Dangers of Softwood Shavings, George Flentke. Another question: I bought all the products i need to make the fake rock structures but the polystyrene! Parts & Accessories, http://lan.sagepub.com/content/12/4/221.full.pdf, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2926083, http://www.tortoisetrust.org/articles/substrates.html, http://www.beardeddragonlady.com/impaction–constipation.html, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12086454, http://www.tortoisetrust.org/articles/hemp.htm, http://www.herpcenter.com/reptile-articles/calcium-sand-dangers/, http://www.quikrete.com/PDFs/MSDS-B4-Playsand.pdf, http://www.wisegeekhealth.com/what-is-silicosis.htm, http://www.deerfernfarms.com/uromastyx_care.htm, http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.michvma.org/resource/resmgr/mvc_proceedings_2014/gibbons_03.pdf, http://inpractice.bmj.com/content/35/3/123.full, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21800636, House babies/juveniles on paper towel or tiles, Maintain adequate heating, with temperature ranges to allow thermo-regulation, Provide proper hydration through water bowls, spraying and humid hides, Ensure proper nutrition & supplementation, Keep food items off substrate using large plates or tiles or in elevated platforms. MA Royals, DM Getzy, S VandeWoude, Contemporary Topics in Laboratory Animal Science, 1999. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12086454, Hemp Beddding and Substrates for Tortoises – Danger Warning, A. C. Highfield, Tortoise Trust. Try researching Marine epoxy, a lot of people use that for underwater sealing. With a glass cage you can sometimes get away with only one light, as the glass holds in the heat very well. As far as heat during the night, some people use what is called a ceramic heat emitter -which does not produce light. Shields All can be found here: www.hytechsales.com/prod50.html, Non-toxic fine grain sand (I've been using sandtastik -internet). Another question: Hey, question, how long should I wait between grouting? Because way back I once tried that and I redid the crack with tile glue but the color wasn't the same so could see exactly where the crack had been, which was not a pretty sight. You could always create an outline of the back of your cage. Surgery may or not be required, depending on your vet’s diagnosis. Things that clump will stick to tongues and get into food; once swallowed, they can wreak havoc on the intestines. I have a bag of Wickes Charcoal grout which I was going to use for my quarry tiles. I implemented a portion of this idea in the complex fake rock structure on my site (with two pieces of thin wood to aid in the support). This means should he or she get a case of the munchies or find themselves feeling curious, you won’t have to worry about them eating anything toxic. He eats lettuce and only lettuce; which I know is not good on the long run. on my website. Tile. The other thing about fire belly toads is you do not want any other living creature in the same cage as them. Depending on the ingredients, commercial tortoise food is only a supplement, most of their food should be dried grasses, fresh greens or safe weeds, veggies like squash, and some fruits like raspberries. However, rough scrubbers aren’t good for cleaning grout because they can damage both the grout and the tiles. The toxins from the toads can contaminate the water and landscape in their cage, thus being a danger to a lizard such as an anole. I have some real good ideas for my leopard gecko cage but i need the polystyrene. It’s a sub-type of pica, the eating of non-food items. Tile is my personal favorite substrate. I know people also mix sand into the grout to help with that, but all I have is a calcium sand meant for reptiles (so they don’t ingest actual sand). I have not done this because it seems like a safety issue. Can you confirm this? Shields all is pretty much the opposite. Sanded Grout Mix. The obvious benefit is that you can make it whatever you want, for example in the SL Young, PW Sherman, JB Lucks, GH Pelto. WiseGEEK. Paintbrush (two inch for the grouting process) smaller ones for if I paint. I have been watching your videos. The outcome of the ledge was very very rough with sharp points sticking out of it. I use a mixture of white vinegar and water -half and half. To maintain this water-proof quality, all grout will need to be properly maintainedrepaired when cracks form and periodically sea… Calcium sand is also very dusty, and with any dusty product can irritate the eyes, nose, trachea and lungs. I purchased a gallon (only 9 bucks). Bearded dragons just aren't around water very much in the wild. The only surefire way is to seal it with aquarium grade silicone sealant. Non-toxic all surface sealant -I've used "Mod Podge" for dry environment lizards, and, "Shields All" for high humidity environment lizards. http://www.tortoisetrust.org/articles/hemp.htm, Calcium Sand Substrates – Dangers. Mine is 12 inches away because I use a 100 Watt. (hotwirefoamfactory.com) Cement color (optional) But it will be a front opening one, and not a top opening one.. Any tips? 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