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    As I walked through the warehouse here at work, I was struck with an idea. Has anyone tried using eggcrate foam as a substrate? It should work as an insulator and hold humidity well. I have a nearly endless supply of small pieces (approx. 4"x6" to 20"x28") here and thought it might work well both as a normal substrate and in incubators.

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    Interesting news article i found in the "guardian"

    Wich packing stuff is the eggcrate foam? What does it look like?

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    Well, I found something about egg crating, but I think you're talking about the acutal plastic foam stuff and not the cardboard. Anyway, other people might find this interesting.

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    She means this stuff. I recognise it as mattress foam toppers. I have some of that stuff in my basement right now. I was going to use it to put under the snakes cage to absorb vibrations. Never thought of using it for a substrate though. Sounds like a cool idea. I'm not sure if I'd use it for a snakes substrate, but the incubator thing sounds good. The eggs would fit perfectly in it. Good idea!
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    I decided it wouldn't work well as a normal substrate because the snake could get under it and possibly get burned, but Cody has a good idea about using it to absorb vibrations.
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    Also, I don't think it would be easy taking stains out of it.

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    I was reading something else (probably the amphiliban book I got from the library) about how foams are often treated with flame retardant chemicals and that the chemicals can leech out in to the water.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blink
    Also, I don't think it would be easy taking stains out of it.
    There would be no need to, since I'd be replacing it like newspaper if I used it. I could almost build a house out of the amount we go through in a month here at work.

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    I was reading something else (probably the amphiliban book I got from the library) about how foams are often treated with flame retardant chemicals and that the chemicals can leech out in to the water.
    Chemicals in the composition or coating and their effects particularly after getting wet or being heated were my biggest concern with using this stuff. The original post in this thread was made 10 months ago and I never did try it as a substrate. It just seems like there ought to be some use for the stuff besides throwing it away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marla
    Chemicals in the composition or coating and their effects particularly after getting wet or being heated were my biggest concern with using this stuff. The original post in this thread was made 10 months ago and I never did try it as a substrate. It just seems like there ought to be some use for the stuff besides throwing it away.

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