CREATING A HEALTHY HOME
It might not be at the top of the list for exciting accessories for an aquarium, terrarium or critter environment, but the bedding and substrate for aquatic livestock, herps and small animals is vital to the companion animal’s well-being. Available in various forms, reptile and amphibian substrates serve several purposes in its enclosure, as it maintains humidity, promotes healthy plant growth, facilitates waste removal and can also encourage burrowing and egg-laying instincts. Bedding is important in providing comfort to the pet while also encouraging its instinctive nesting and burrowing behaviors among rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, rats, mice, chinchillas and other critters. And although not considered mandatory in every aquarium setup, both gravel and substrate provide a home for beneficial bacteria. These products also come in many colors and materials to enable aquarists to suit their needs as they create a healthy habitat for their livestock.
Ultum Nature Controsoil
Ultum Nature Systems has teamed up with Marfied controsoil to produce high-quality substrate made from a special mix of natural soil and volcanic ash. Ultum Nature Systems Controsoil prevents the notorious ammonia spike that is toxic to livestock and known for encouraging the onset of algae. Controsoil is available in various granule sizes and colors to accommodate user preference and aquatic plant choice.
Reptile Prime Coconut Fiber Substrate
Reptile Prime Coconut Fiber Substrate is an eco-friendly product made from the husks of coconuts and can be safely composted or recycled into potted plants or gardens. It’s an optimal substrate for terrarium set-ups incorporating reptiles, amphibians or inverts. It can be used with tropical species or desert dwelling pets.
Pisces Australian Jurassic Bedding
This bedding solution is made from 100 percent pure Australian Araucaria. A lightweight bedding, this bark is ideal for reptiles that enjoy burrowing. The bedding is kiln dried, odorless and naturally mold resistant.
Healthy Pet carefresh
The carefresh line of small animal bedding from Healthy Pet is made from scratch with pillowy-soft, ultra-absorbent comfyfluff designed specifically for small pets. Made from 100 percent reclaimed natural fiber, it provides a cozy, natural home that is better for small pets and the planet. It’s two times more absorbent than shavings. It’s a low-dust, easy-to-clean bedding with 10-day odor control.
Highly absorbent and dust free, Eco-Bedding is the perfect environmentally friendly bedding material for your small animals and birds. Eco-Bedding is hygienic, sanitary and non-toxic. The bedding is safety tested and is healthy for all small pets. Its convenient design means neater cage areas and easier clean-up with no sticking. Available colors are natural, blue and pink.
Kaytee Clean & Cozy Bedding
Kaytee’s Extreme Odor Control Clean & Cozy Bedding guarantees 14 days of neutralized odor. Kaytee’s Clean & Cozy Natural Bedding is soft for burrowing while absorbing two times more liquid than wood shavings. Kaytee’s Clean & Cozy Apply Spice Scented Bedding offers the same benefits as the standard bedding with added odor control.