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EE Vs. PlaySand

Discussion in 'Product Reviews.' started by HermitPaws, Aug 5, 2009.

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  1. HermitPaws

    HermitPaws "Fourth Molt, A Success"

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    Any suggestion before i go get new subtrate?
     
  2. Livada

    Livada (Micro Crab)

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    I've always used EE so maybe my opinion isn't the best, but I really like EE. My crabs love to dig in it, even when they're not molting. It also stays moist. It can be a bit messy, though. Especially when they drag it through their food and water dishes.
     
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    deedeeiam "First Molt, A Success"

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    Where's the "both" option?
     
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    HatterasCrabs "Never Molted"

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    Wow, the results are really one sided. I brought home sand from the beach, is that ok?
     
  5. HermitPaws

    HermitPaws "Fourth Molt, A Success"

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    ya thats fine.
    theres NOt a "both" Opion because i only have money for one of them,
    So if you only have money for one Which would you buy?
     
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    HatterasCrabs "Never Molted"

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    I don't know which I would buy. As long as the beach sand works I hope I can bring home some with every visit. It makes great sand castles! :) My parents have a place in Hatteras so I can get them to bring some home every time they go too. I'm sure I will run across a time that I am out of it though.
     
  7. HermitPaws

    HermitPaws "Fourth Molt, A Success"

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    im still Leaning to getting playsand, only because you can reuse it if you bake it every now an then. and 2nd its alot cheaper.it like one 50lb bag for $3.19
    and EE is 21 liters for $11.99
     
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    Hermies4Life (Small Crab)

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    I use playsand but im thinking of useing some EE soon
     
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    Michele213 "Never Molted"

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    My crabs prefer the EE over sand. They pick apart the pieces of the EE and eat it quite frequently. I just completed a deep clean where I rinsed and sun dried the EE, and they are having a lot of fun with new fluffy stuff, minus the dust at the bottom from it settling from expanding the bricks.

    I would have to say EE, even though it is more expensive in my case. I know my crabs like it more than sand.
     
  10. HermitPaws

    HermitPaws "Fourth Molt, A Success"

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    Well........ My Mom just made it clear that i now have to use sand.
    since it will blend in with the carpet......... otherwise the crab go on the back deck!
     
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    CoolDoggy10 (Large Crab)

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    Go to Home Depot and they have this big bag of play sand (that what I have) for 5 bucks (sale)
     
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    OneOnion "Preparing For Third Molt"

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    Lol yeah that's the problem. I use EE and whenever I clean/take something out of the tank It always spills on the carpet
     
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    Mckenny "PM Jason For Custom Title"

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    This is just my opinion, but I myself wouldn't use beach sand because you never know what kind of chemicals it's been exposed to, like oil spills, gasoline from boats, etc. Also it may contain all kinds of micro organisms that may be harmful to the crabbies. There may also be tiny pieces of shells, etc, that could cut the crabs soft abdomen.

    Also, be careful about the play sand. Sometimes it has little pebbles and sharp things like very small pieces of metal in it. Some have taken a magnet through their sand and found a lot in there.
    The Quickrete Play Sand isn't a good one to use because it is a sharper grain of sand and could cause some damage to the soft part of the crab.
    I'm "not" saying don't use sand, I'm just saying there are sands out there that are used for mixing cement and laying walks, etc. Try to get a sand that is very fine and clean for your crabbies. :)
     
  14. HermitPaws

    HermitPaws "Fourth Molt, A Success"

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    Great!!!! Now i have 50lb of Quickrete Play sand and can't use it!
     
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    Laughs O Lot (JUMBO CRAB)

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    I love both. But, in my opinion, EE is cooler because they could eat it and it keeps the humidity in better, I've heard. My hermies love to eat the cocofiber! Playsand is better because it looks cleaner. Both have their pros and cons.
     
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    WizKidsMom "Preparing For Third Molt"

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    That happens to me, but that is why a vacuum is always handy when I work in the tanks.

    Just as a precaution... if you use sand, bake it first, let it cool, then make sure it is wet to sand castle state. Baking it will kill off any bugs & bacteria.
     
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    emmac350 "Fourth Molt In Progress"

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    Honestly, the best sand to use is an aragonite oolitic sand. It's usually found in pet stores under the brand name CaribSea. Aragonite sands are completely natural, and oolitic means that the grains are rounded so they won't scratch your crab's exo or soft abdomen.

    Crabby Wiki : Photomicrographs of Sands & other Substrates

    That link shows the differences between the two types of sand (playsand vs. an aragonite oolitic sand).
     
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    Laughs O Lot (JUMBO CRAB)

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    Same with me! Sometimes when I'm rearranging my crabitat I put the stuff on my bed and my mom gets so mad because it gets dirty!
     
  19. HermitPaws

    HermitPaws "Fourth Molt, A Success"

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    That when you get one of those plastic painting tarps for $2.00 at Albertsons or a home inprovment store.
     
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    Hermies4Ever (Large Crab)

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    I currently have 3" of EE (Eco Earth). It works fine, and I would reccomend it over play sand. And it does NOT get moldy, whatever some people may say.
     
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