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    New question! I bought jasper a sand mat at petsmart a while back and it's hard to keep up with by cleaning it and I feel like it hurts his stomach when he slides across each side of the tank so I took it out and put half of a new one in and one of my old shirts on the other half of the tank till I can figure out what to do. What would be the best thing to put at the bottom of the tank to replace the sand mat? I was thinking either calcium sand, tiles or just a cheap fake mat at petsmart. any good suggestions?

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    If you have a UTH with thermostat, I'd recommend you measure the inside bottom of your tank, and take a drive to Lowes and have them custom cut you some 1/4" ceramic tile for your tank bottom. Fill any gaps with paper towels. The tank will be the easiest to clean this way.
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    Sometimes the tiles do not sit flush on the tank's floor, because there is silicone around the edges inside. Put a thin layer of calci-sand or well-washed play sand underneath the tiles to fill in the grooves and prevent hot spots.

    Otherwise don't use calci-sand. Leos love to lick it. Soon all that sand ends up in their bellies and causes severe and life-threatening impaction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    Sometimes the tiles do not sit flush on the tank's floor, because there is silicone around the edges inside. Put a thin layer of calci-sand or well-washed play sand underneath the tiles to fill in the grooves and prevent hot spots.

    Otherwise don't use calci-sand. Leos love to lick it. Soon all that sand ends up in their bellies and causes severe and life-threatening impaction.
    I also vote for tile. What Elizabeth says if spot on. I actually had to remove the silicone to get the tiles to lay flat, but her sand suggestion is MUCH simpler. I would suggest using a sanded caulk to seal all edges of the tile. It’s an absolute pain to do correctly, but it’s beautiful and effective. Of course, you have to be sure and consider it permanent since removing the tile afterward would be a nightmare!

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    I should be getting a leopard gecko in a few months, Ill be using 12" by 12" slate tile but i wont be caulking them in so Ill be able to clean them easier.

    I suggest tile becuase it looks good, is easy to clean, more natural for the gecko, retains heat well, and is cheap.

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