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    I have removed both of my (female) day geckos from their habitat for their safety and placed them in the smaller terrarium I had in the beginning and I am cleaning it out and redesigning it. Why? Well Dinky has swallowed her third piece of charcoal and this one was a doosey. I don't know how she managed to swallow this one since it was bigger than her head. I took her to the vet to have it removed as it was sticking out her A** and it was not coming out on its own. The impaction had cut off circulation to one of her hind legs and took out a couple of her toes. This will be permanent damage. It also turned out that this may have blocked an egg from getting out and she drop one within moments of getting that things out of her.

    The good news, even having gone through all that, she seems to be doing ok. She still gets around alright but with limits. She cannot hang upside down for long periods of time especially when the surface is damp.

    Sadly this was a recommended substrate for small reptiles mixed by NE Herps and it was supposedly one of their top selling and safe substrates. I thought I was doing the right thing by using it but WTH! It turned out to be absolutely horrible. As I was cleaning it out I never realized how much was charcoal was in the mix. It almost seems like 50%!!!

    One of the guys that works in our nearby pet store says he had gone through the same thing but his gecko died as a result. He has since then come up with a recipe for a much safer (proven) substrate for a naturalistic terrarium. I need to visit him again so I can get that recipe and share it on here.
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    I do not use charcoal in my substrate mixes. Any potting mix without fertilizer is good to use, I amend mine with orchid bark and play sand. That mix seems to be doing well for the plants and I have not seed any dirt in my gecko's poop, I also have tons of leaf litter on top of the dirt. Sorry this happened and I do not believe that NEherp or ABG mix is the bees knees of soils and that it should be used. I have looked at ABG and it has some large particulates in it that I feel are worrisome, even some pieces of rock!
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    She seems to be doing ok for now. She shed yesterday which is a good indicator that her health is returning. The only thing it looks like is that she will never get full use of her right rear foot. Meanwhile I am piecing together the large terrarium again. I have done a few things different this time, first the substrate will be completely different obviously. I also scrapped the OEM screen top and built my own custom screen top for a perfect fit of the Zoomed LED+UVB fixture I have and two ceramic heat emitters, teardrop shaped room humidifier, and possible install of a fan for ventilation. I will have more on this build later once I am done.
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    I'm glad to hear your girl is doing better, shame about the leg though... It frustrates me to hear about incidents like this, makes you feel like a company only cares about making a buck rather than what's going into their product and whether or not it's safe for our geckos!

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    Definitely good to know. I have been using orchid bark with my plants and all seem to be growing-- I guess the gecko poop and all is enough fertilizer for them.
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