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    Hey everyone!
    I'm a new leo owner that hasn't owned any kind of reptile before, so building the best suited enclosure has been interesting. I started with a 10 gallon tank with two hides (one moist, one warm) and two reptile carpets that I switch out every week. I've only had my leo, Toast, for a little over a month but the carpets have already started to fray and his teeth got caught in it after lunging for a cricket (which caused both of us a lot of distress).

    So I'm upgrading his tank now (to a 23 gallon that will have three hides), and I wanted to do tile for substrate. I've attached pictures of the tile I'm planning to use and I wanted to make sure that they're useable since they aren't slate or porcelain. They were originally going to be used in a bathroom. I'm also wondering, if they work, whether I should grout them or not. Since the underside isn't flat I wonder if the heat from the UTH will get trapped in the small pockets the squares create, and I read on one of the care sheets that sand under the tile can reduce that chance.

    Thanks in advance for helping this newbie!
    (Also, please forgive me if this is the wrong board. I'll move it to the right one if I've made a mistake.)
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    I wouldn't grout them. you'll want to remove them to clean them, right?
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    Welcome to GU to you and Toast!
    As far as the tile goes, it looks similar to what I used for my Leos, the white marks on the bottom, are they any type of adhesive? I used a thin layer of reptisand covered by single sheets of paper towels beneath my tiles and it has worked wonderfully. My paranoia of accidental sand ingestion was the reason for the paper towels. Also, like @Aimless said, grouting the tile would just make cleaning the tank more difficult. Every week, I just let my Leos out for a bit while I lift out each piece of tile for cleaning.
    Best of luck with the upgraded tank to both of you! Hopefully I helped out a bit

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aimless View Post
    I wouldn't grout them. you'll want to remove them to clean them, right?
    Well, my thinking about grout came down to two things: I didn't want Toast's toes to get pinched if the tile shifted somehow (I live in an area that can get a few earthquakes), and if it were grouted I'd just clean it like I would the rest of the tank.

    I could very well be otherthinking it all (I have anxiety, it happens a lot) so that's why I sought some more experienced voices.
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    @CWilson13: Thanks! c:

    I don't know if it is adhesive, I'll have to ask the people who're giving it to me. And that was my worry about the sand too, so the paper towel solution sounds like a great idea. It's also sounding like grout isn't necessary, which is a bit of a relief, less hassle. You definitely helped, thank you very much!
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    The only reason I wonder about the possible adhesive is the risk of any outgassing from it heating up. If it isn't anything risky, you seem good to go! Hopefully you will show us all the before and after a of Toast's housing change Very glad I could help!
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    Yeah, that makes sense. I'll definitely double check. So many building materials have some questionable chemicals in them.
    And I'll totally post some pics once it's all set up! I'm really excited about upgrading the tank. It already looks cooler and it'll be a lot better for Toast, I think.
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