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  1. Germ

    Germ Bearded Dragon Veteran 3 Year Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Yes, butttt ... NEVER use dyed sands. Natural sand only. The dyes will transfer & seriously stain your BD's feet, legs, tail & belly, anything that has frequent contact with it. The transferred dyes, I'm told, can also block the pores in the skin.

    Do not use particle substrate of ANY kind, not even Strained Play Sand, until your BD has grown to 10+", nose to tip of tail. Prior to this a non particle substrate must be used to prevent\reduce impaction risks.
  2. Bushmaster11B

    Bushmaster11B Juvenile Dragon

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    Sounds a bit tricky. Thinking about keeping it simple with tile.
  3. thatGuysCool

    thatGuysCool Hatchling Dragon

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    Wow that looks amazing. Definitely adding to the idea list for Spyro's next enclosure
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  4. Bushmaster11B

    Bushmaster11B Juvenile Dragon

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    2 questions now:

    1. Can you use alfalfa pellets for substrate? Not saying I would use it but I was just curious....

    2. On Mount Munji, how did you get that fade look on the rock where it appears to be white or off white? It makes your structure have more depth and I like it! Is it Mod-Podge or did you use a paint and technique to achieve that look?
  5. Mungi's Buddha

    Mungi's Buddha Bearded Dragon Veteran 1,000+ Post Club

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    No alfalfa pellets are not a good choice for substrate. The do pose a risk of ingestion and while alfalfa is organic it is dried. When it gets wet it swells quite a bit. It would be much like feeding dry pelleted food to your dragon which should never be done as it can contribute to dehydrating your dragon.
    There are plenty of safe and viable choice already available to you for substrates such a slate or granite tiles, non-stick vinyl tiles, paper towels, non-stick shelf paper to name a few and when your dragon is of appropriate size then if you want a particulate substrate you can safely use Washed, Sifted Children's Playsand. I would recommend you sticking with tried and proven safe alternatives.
    As to the structure I built in this thread..after I finished the grouting process it was painted with ordinary acrylic artist paint. I used probably 8-10 colours of varying shades of browns and tans as well as black and dark purple. Those were applied using spray bottles in a water colour technique. Once I had the natural stone look that I wanted the the final step of the painting was a dry brush technique using a very tiny amount of white and a very dry brush and then quickly flicking the brush over the rocks to highlite them.
    Its an easy process and to give you a better idea just check out the bids on lizard-landscapes.com He demonstrates the dry brush technique on a lot of his builds.
    I was trained as a watercolour artist so already knew how to do it but it is really nothing difficult.
    Once you finish all of the painting then you will seal it with several coats of sealer. I use and recommend Matte Mod Podge and at least 6 coats if you are building for a dry climate enclosure.
    Hope that helps!
  6. Bushmaster11B

    Bushmaster11B Juvenile Dragon

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    Thanks again Mungi. I would have never used the alfalfa pellets, trust me! I knew someone that has the "safe" children's play sand and then put the pellets in there as a mix. She had an adult BD BTW. Unfortunately, she is an ugly person in life in general and my Brother broke mends with her. So sorry for her BD though. Ignorance can be a killer..........
  7. TEAMGREEN5252

    TEAMGREEN5252 Bearded Dragon Egg

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    I know this is an older post and not sure if you are even still active here in the forum but i just had to say...AMAZING and thank you for the idea and inspiration i cant wait to start one similar for Boss!!!
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    raemlpz Bearded Dragon Egg

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    Amazing work! I wish I could do something like that for my beardie. I think I'll give it a try, but it won't come out in any way like your masterpiece.
  9. Monica

    Monica Bearded Dragon Egg

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    Awesome job!!! Looks great, love the moss accents!!
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    Naomi Bearded Dragon Egg

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    this was super fun to follow! Can we see a picture of the whole set up?
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    Lynchman18 Bearded Dragon Egg

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    Awesome job!! I'd like to see a picture in its cage or wherever it is at with maybe Mungi on top!
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    BeardedHippy Bearded Dragon Veteran

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    is it just me or can nobody else see the pictures on this thread anymore? shame ,its a great article
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  13. PatsyB

    PatsyB Super Moderator Staff Member 3 Year Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    You can't see the pictures anymore because he's not a member or an moderator anymore and he took all his pictures with him.
  14. Eddie G

    Eddie G Bearded Dragon Egg

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    It's beautiful, how much does it weigh?
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    PatsyB Super Moderator Staff Member 3 Year Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    He's not going to answer, he's not a member here anymore.
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    JeanBD Hatchling Dragon

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    that is so cool. your beardie will love it.
  17. SwaysMommy01

    SwaysMommy01 Hatchling Dragon

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    Great information I learned from this thread! Thankyou!