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Posted 01 February 2015 - 10:59 AM

They don't sell them at DIY stores Becky, it is a plug in starter unit which has two end caps to plug the lamp inti. They are around thirty pounds max to buy but last for years and you can use them for different length tubes too.

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Posted 01 February 2015 - 11:19 AM

Sue are these for sale in pet stores or would I need to go online please? I have Pets at Home and Jollyes and an independent pet store locally

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Posted 01 February 2015 - 11:24 AM

I get mine from my local farm and pet place, but I would expect places like pets at home to have them as they have display animals in vivs etc just be sure the starter unit is rated to take the size tube you choose ;) there will be lots available online too, but you should be able to get one today ;) they have some on pet planet website to give you an idea if what they look like and are cheaper than I thought, less than £20.

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Posted 01 February 2015 - 11:27 AM

Ok thanks for the help!

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Posted 01 February 2015 - 02:06 PM

Hi my breeder is going to replace the bulb for me but it may be a day or two until I can get it. How long can a tort safely go without uv. I'm giving Nutrabal. Will it be ok until I get the replacement?

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Posted 01 February 2015 - 02:26 PM

You will be fine with just supplementation. In theory you can raise them with no uvb so long as you are supplementing with a good D3 supplement. All uvb does is convert the calcium to D3. There is of course the feel good factor of bright light which is what stimulates the tortoises activity levels ;)

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Posted 01 February 2015 - 02:34 PM

Ok thanks Sue!

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Posted 03 February 2015 - 01:19 PM

Hi again are Lavatera leaves ok to feed please

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Posted 03 February 2015 - 01:48 PM

Yes, Becky, lavatera is fine to feed, they're one of the mallow family.

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Posted 03 February 2015 - 02:06 PM

Thanks Graham, that's excellent news as we planted one last year!

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Posted 03 February 2015 - 02:15 PM

Thanks Graham, that's excellent news as we planted one last year!

I have a couple of these planted in my enclosure they love the flowers as well, when they come. :)



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Posted 03 February 2015 - 03:50 PM

I always have a lavatera growing too. They get a bit woody as they age so need to be replaced every few years.

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Posted 04 February 2015 - 01:03 PM

I always have a lavatera growing too. They get a bit woody as they age so need to be replaced every few years.

That's good to know thanks Sue. :)



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Posted 04 February 2015 - 02:21 PM

I try to get a few cuttings and then they are growing nicely in its place. They strike very easily in spring ;)

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Posted 11 February 2015 - 05:46 PM

Hi all,
I have some fresh coriander left over from making a curry tonight, before I throw it out, can my tortoise eat this please?
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Posted 11 February 2015 - 05:54 PM

Yes it should be fine in moderation. :)



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Posted 11 February 2015 - 05:54 PM

They can but they might not ;)

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Posted 11 February 2015 - 05:57 PM

I was just about to add that Sue.  :laugh: My two have a sniff and a nibble at the coriander growing in my garden, but usually leave it. :wink:



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Posted 11 February 2015 - 06:05 PM

Thanks I'll offer some and see what happens! 😊

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Posted 11 February 2015 - 06:15 PM

I was just about to add that Sue.  :laugh: My two have a sniff and a nibble at the coriander growing in my garden, but usually leave it. :wink:


All of my herbs are safe from the torts which is great for my kitchen lol




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