Using zilla lizard bedding for Al's gritty mix

perennialfan273(zone 5)December 14, 2009

I know that there are a lot of zilla lizard bedding products for people who use Al's gritty mix, but which kind of bedding works the best with the gritty mix??

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zubababy(6b Utah)

The bark that I use is Zoo Med Premium Repti Bark. It is a little pricey, but it's the only fir bark that I can find around here. I pay about $17 for 24 quarts.

    Bookmark   December 14, 2009 at 6:44PM
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jodik_gw

I also use the Reptibark, which is 100% fir bark. I buy the medium or large sized bags.

    Bookmark   December 15, 2009 at 8:36AM
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dickiefickle(5B Dousman,Wi.)

Walmart $8.00 2 cu.ft expands to 4 cu.ft.

    Bookmark   December 16, 2009 at 1:43AM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

IF fir bark expands at all, it's an insignificant amount and it surely doesn't double in volume under any practical circumstances.

Al

    Bookmark   December 16, 2009 at 8:41AM
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jodik_gw

The only thing I've seen at the big box stores that expands is coco coir mulch... and I would not use that in a medium mix.

    Bookmark   December 16, 2009 at 12:54PM
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dickiefickle(5B Dousman,Wi.)

I believe what is meant is the bag is 2 cu ft (compressed together )and when opened you have 4 cu ft. uncompressed

    Bookmark   January 10, 2010 at 5:36PM
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jodik_gw

Yes, I know what compressed means... but the product you're talking about is not fir bark... it's coco coir. And I would not recommend using coco coir in place of the fir bark.

    Bookmark   January 10, 2010 at 10:31PM
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dickiefickle(5B Dousman,Wi.)

Sorry It is hamster bedding. Made from pine.

    Bookmark   January 12, 2010 at 1:02AM
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jodik_gw

Ok... same thing... not usable as an Al's Mix ingredient. What you're talking about are pine shavings, not pine bark.

Those pet bedding shavings also come in Aspen, which is great for bedding puppies because it's a lot less dusty than pine... and Cedar, which I wouldn't recommend using for pets or plants! Cedar has a chemical that harms the interior organs of animals, and will eventually cause their kidneys to shut down.

Pine or Fir 'Bark' is the item we're looking for.

    Bookmark   January 12, 2010 at 10:04AM
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Loveplants2 8b Virginia Beach, Virginia

LOL....i wouldn't put my kids on any "Zilla bedding"..LOL

I wonder how they slipped in here!!! LOL..

Maybe if we were back in the stone age...it might be nice to place them on a bed of Reptibark!!

Take care everyone!!!

: )

Laura in VB

    Bookmark   August 9, 2011 at 9:56AM
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