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#1 m12_shakes

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 05:19 PM

Hello all,
 
 
I've already got an "outdoor enclosure" thread...here is the indoor one.
 
 
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I'm looking to get a tortoise table made from plywood (4'x2'x10"). It is pretty much this one:
 
With the hide at the end of the table. I'm going to varnish it with yacht varnish, line it with pond liner, and more than likely go down the 50:50 top soil:sand route. To which I would add all the decorations/plants/etc. 
Lighting/heating I would be looking to get a combination bulb on a zoo-med lamp stand.
 
On paper, does this look like a decent set-up? Any feedback and criticism would be much appreciated!
 
Kind regards,
 
m12


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Posted 20 March 2013 - 06:19 PM

Hi, M12, welcome to the forum  :welcome: 

My Harry is a mature adult, so I can't say much about indoor enclosures, but one thing I do know is that sand added to topsoil can irritate the tort's eyes; you're far better going for a straightforward sterilized topsoil; this is available very cheaply from Wickes or B&Q.

 

Other, more experienced, members will advise you further.



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Posted 20 March 2013 - 08:27 PM

hi welcome to the forum. :)

I agree with graham I would just use topsoil with out the sand.

is it a hatchling your looking at getting as this makes all the difference in the size of table you would need, older torts would need a lot more space until it warms up enough for them to be outside.

have a look at the indoor section on the forum it might give you some ideas how other members keep theirs. :)



#4 m12_shakes

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 09:57 PM

Thank you for the welcome... :)

 

Duly noted about the sand, and not so much a hatchling, around 1-2 years old.

 

A few people have said to take away the wooden hide and replace it with a terracotta plant pot on its side, as it will allow the tort to dig if it wants too...is this ok?

 

Regards,

 

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 03:13 AM

yes that's fine a few use plant pots, I don't have hides in they just dig down on a night. :)






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