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    This is random I'm just wondering if I'm the only one who does not use/ would not enjoy using paper towels as substrate?
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    I dont think anyone really goes hurray for paper towels! But the fact is that they are safer to use and easier to clean which is why so many of us use them.
    lets just say I have a lot of stuff
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    • #3
      Originally posted by thongwedgie View Post
      I dont think anyone really goes hurray for paper towels! But the fact is that they are safer to use and easier to clean which is why so many of us use them.
      I second that they are cheap (I get rolls free from wrk so) and it's easy if you breed and have a laybox instead of searching the whole setup IMO

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      • #4
        I dont use paper towels anymore I hated them. I found awesome shelf liners that are washable and just work far better than paper towels. Now that all my tanks have them I am not wasting anything anymore and my cleaning time has been cut in 1/2 easily. The added bonus is poo sits neatly on top of the liner and dries out quickly for easy removal.
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        • #5
          I prefer eco-earth to paper towels. I use paper towels for QT periods and for my smaller setups. All my larger tanks have ecoearth/sphagnum moss.
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          • #6
            I use both natual substrate & paper towels the look is much nicer in the natural looking ones tho..you can go to a second hand store & buy some of those rubber foam place mats paint'em up as you wish & use non toxic Polyurethane to seal them..
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            • #7
              We use eco-earth for everyone except those in KKs or quarantine, they get the paper towels only.
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              • #8
                I only used them when my girls were little and still in KKs. When I moved them into their big houses they got cocofibre.
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                • #9
                  i use shelf liner for one cage and will switch to the liner stuff for my other one soon. much easier as talkenlate said. whatever your preference is i suppose. i use shelf liner for my beardie so i always have some spare leftover.
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                  • #10
                    I found that smaller geckos are easier to house on paper towels because you can monitor their droppings and it makes clean up easier but I love the natural tanks so I go with the eco earth and moss mixture. Its also easier to use paper towels if you feed live prey because there isnt really any risk of impaction, but then again I dont feed my live prey in the natural tank, I put them in a separate bin with misted paper towels.
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                    • #11
                      I am in the process of switching all my tanks to the shelf liner(from paper towels). I got some to test out and it really makes things easy.
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                      • #12
                        My main reason for not likeing paper towels is the un natural look and feel of them, I like to make my tanks as natural looking/feeling as possible (though I dont have the money for real plants so I use fake ones)
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                        • #13
                          you can get cheap plants at walmart or home depot, I think I paid like $2 a plant and they have pothos, snake plants, and other gecko safe plants!
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                          • #14
                            Real plants are way cheaper than fake plants, I just found that out today. Fake nice sized plants are easily $10-$20 each where as real plants can easily be found for $5 and under.
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                            • #15
                              Plus real plants like pothos will keep growing until you have plenty on your own to furnish all tanks. You can take clippings from the plant, put them in a jar of water, and then plant them once they have grown some nice roots.
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