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Trends & Products: Bedding & Substrate

Julia Rivera//July 1, 2021//

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Trends & Products: Bedding & Substrate

Julia Rivera //July 1, 2021//

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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. Reptile and amphibian substrates serve several purposes, as bedding maintains humidity, promotes healthy plant growth, facilitates waste removal and encourages burrowing instincts. Bedding also encourages instinctive nesting and burrowing behaviors among rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, rats, mice, chinchillas and other critters. Although not considered mandatory in every aquarium setup, both gravel and substrate provide a home for beneficial bacteria that can create a healthy habitat for aquatic livestock.

rsz_pisces_australian_jurassic_beddingJurassic Bedding

Pisces Australian Jurassic bedding 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.






carefreshHealthy Pet carefresh

The carefresh line of small animal bedding from Healthy Pet is made from scratch with pillowy soft, ultra absorbent comfy fluff 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.



rsz_oxbow_pure_comfort_natural_beddingOxbow’s Pure Comfort

Oxbow’s Pure Comfort natural bedding is made of 100 percent pure, never-printed paper to create a clean, safe and ultra-soft bedding material for pets of all sizes. Pure Comfort provides superb odor control and moisture absorption, making cleanup easy. It’s soft, safe and is 99.99 percent dust-free.






Ultum Nature Systems Controsoil

Ultum Nature Systems has teamed up with Marfied Controsoil to produce highquality 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.


rsz_fibercore_eco_beddingFibercore EcoBedding

Highly absorbent and dust free, EcoBedding 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.




rsz_kaytee_beddingKaytee’s Clean & Cozy Natural 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.