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    I have had this substrate installed for a week now, and I dont really have anything bad to say about it. It packs down well, but there is still a little bit of looseness to it, so tile would be safer, but if you want to try something that is more customization and not just flat Natural Reptile Bedding (NRB) is pretty good for that. I think it is pretty safe as far as impaction goes, it isnt completely loose like sand, but it isnt rock hard dirt either. It is a lot finer and cleaner than eco earth, which I like because eco earth seems to have a lot of stringy bits in it. NRB also packs down better than eco earth. I havent used excavator clay but from what i read it isnt to be used on the warm side because no heat gets through, well NRB and UTH (under tank heater) work pretty well together if you keep it layered thinner than the instructions. I have it about 1 inch deep on the warm side and the temps are constant with my thermostat. The cool thing is that the depth varies a little bit so the temps do too, so I know there will always be a spot that is the perfect temp. I really like this product and do recommend it, but tile is still the safer route, and cheaper too, but I know some people out there just have to have loose substrate for some reason, and if you are that kind of person, get Lugarti's Natural Reptile Bedding and you will be happy, even though it isnt a "loose" substrate you still get the naturalistic look. If you are wanting to do a bio-active setup this stuff would work awesome I think... but I havent done much research on bio-active tanks so I am not very familiar with them. I only have a leopard gecko, so most of what I say is based on their needs, but there are many other animals that can live on this substrate. Check out Lugarti's website and my youtube review video.

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    My review video - https://youtu.be/TjvmErTUJno

    PS: Im not a pro when it comes to reviews, I just have a camera and like to make videos because they show a lot more than text and pictures, so even though the video isnt perfect I hope it helps you understand more about the substrate.
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    I haven't had time to add information sooner than now, my tunnels didn't last long after the substrate dried out. They soon collapsed from the few times Gaz used them. This might have been avoidable if I had tunnels with and entrance and exit or if the tunnels were wide enough for Gaz to turn around. When he tried to back out of the tunnels was what destroyed them, but the substrate didn't seem to be very strong once it dried out, maybe this is because my tunnels didn't have support on the glass side. I didn't make any regular tunnels and that could of been my problem. I am still using NRB and enjoy it, I just had to resort to using cage decorations as tunnels. Paper towel rolls would work great for tunnel supports, but my idea of a tunnel you could see into isn't as easy as I hoped.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kholtme View Post
    I haven't had time to add information sooner than now, my tunnels didn't last long after the substrate dried out. They soon collapsed from the few times Gaz used them. This might have been avoidable if I had tunnels with and entrance and exit or if the tunnels were wide enough for Gaz to turn around. When he tried to back out of the tunnels was what destroyed them, but the substrate didn't seem to be very strong once it dried out, maybe this is because my tunnels didn't have support on the glass side. I didn't make any regular tunnels and that could of been my problem. I am still using NRB and enjoy it, I just had to resort to using cage decorations as tunnels. Paper towel rolls would work great for tunnel supports, but my idea of a tunnel you could see into isn't as easy as I hoped.
    First off, thank you very much for the video review! We greatly appreciate your efforts on this.

    As for your added response above; The reason your tunnels didn't hold up for your gecko is because it wasn't packed tight enough, nor was it deep enough. Not your fault, of course. A video showing people exactly how to use the substrate is our top priority right now. I assure you that NRB tunnels are very strong (wet or dry) when packed properly. You'll know when it's packed properly because the entire bedding will be completely smooth and firm. You can see that the bedding in your video wasn't completely packed tight because it still had lots of loose material on top, as well as showed your finger indentations. It's a lot easier to show everyone exactly how to mold and sculpt NRB and I apologize for not having a video out already. I will post a link to the video as soon as I post it. Thanks again for the review!
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    Thanks for the reply and for informing anyone that reads my review. I do like the substrate, even though I am using it differently than the instructions. Once you get a video of the proper way to set up the substrate please share on this thread. Thanks again!
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