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    Thanks for all the help! Figured I should post an update.

    Went down to the store tonight after dinner and picked up a 12 pack of 45 watt bulbs so ignore the bulb question in the post. Tried to edit it out but don't think it allows me.
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    Thanks for all the help! Figured I should post an update.

    Hide is in the back left partially buried. You can see the entrance to it when you full-size the image (though it's admittedly a bit hard to see). I plan to add more plants! The enclosure was a super fair price, but it was still a big portion of my budget, so trying to slowly add more as I can...
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    Thanks for all the help! Figured I should post an update.

    A few months back I took over the care of a leopard tortoise I named Appa and posted on here about upgrading his enclosure. I figured I would show you all the results after all I've learned here! The enclosure is the complete package recommended and purchased from Mark here on the forum, the...
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    Question About Specific Closed-Chamber Enclosure

    Got him some wandering jew in! Picked up the pots at the dollar store so sorry if they're tacky lol. Hoping it grows well. They don't look great atm but my Grandma told me they should take root and survive pretty easily, even if they don't look great at first. Just to be sure, it's fine for him...
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    Question About Specific Closed-Chamber Enclosure

    The struggle right now is that I know not a lot of plants will grow inside a closed-chamber enclosure. The UVB and lighting isn't very kind to them, and I don't know of any wild plants I could put inside the enclosure and realistically hope to keep alive (though I'm no gardener so I could be...
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    Question About Specific Closed-Chamber Enclosure

    I was worried about that. I haven't found any pothos near me yet so far, but I'll be looking still. A family member grows Wandering Jew (which was another one Mark recommended me), so I do have that, know that it's safe, and will be adding it when I get the chance.
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    Question About Specific Closed-Chamber Enclosure

    Thank you! I make my best effort to listen to experts and not let my pride get in the way. At the end of the day, my end goal is to provide the best care possible for the tortoise I willingly took on. Ignoring advice and thinking I know best because I did some reading is counter-intuitive to...
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    New Member Introduction

    Hello! Welcome Matt. I'm new too, and this place has been an amazing resource for providing great care to my leopard tortoise. I'm sure Bowser will benefit from it too!
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    Organic soil

    Home Depot or other stores having it depends on your area. You just have to be careful with what you buy. You can find ReptiBark in 24 QT bags online for anywhere between $10 to $20 bucks depending on the sales going on at the time. I just got two bags for about $30 from Chewy over the weekend...
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    Question About Specific Closed-Chamber Enclosure

    Changed to fir bark and the humidity is already holding better. On a personal note, it is so much easier to add water to the substrate and keep his water bowls clean with this. Thanks again for pointing me in the right direction. I had read it in Tom's caresheet but I didn't think the...
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    Question About Specific Closed-Chamber Enclosure

    Thank you! I will look into the substrate change this weekend. It seems that is the same thing as Reptibark, so I'll buy a couple bags of that (small Oklahoma towns don't really have good substrates in gardening departments so I'll have to fork over extra money). Will also be looking to see...
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    Question About Specific Closed-Chamber Enclosure

    Hi again, ye tortoise enthusiasts and experts who read this post. I wanted to ask some questions and offer an update with what is going on with Appa the Leopard Tortoise and their enclosure. My order for his closed-chamber enclosure will take around 4-5 weeks to complete, estimated, so I've set...
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    My Latest Endeavor...

    I just read this whole thread in the span of an hour while eating dinner. Thank you for sharing this! It really has been an amazing read. I was raised around much more domestic birds (my grandmother owned a pet store but she mostly specialized in all manner of parrots. I learned to whistle at...
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    Help with sick sulcata

    Would you be able to get a picture of your tortoise? I'm sure others who know more will weigh-in soon, but a picture is worth a thousand words and will most likely help them figure out what's going on.
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    Very lethargic baby sulcata refuses to eat closed eyes

    Disclaimer: Not an expert and very new at this. I searched for information other, more knowledgeable people have previously provided on the website and my word shouldn't be taken as gospel. Most vets don't specialize in tortoises. They can do a lot of harm while trying to help, and many people...
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    No worries Mark. We actually already talked over email. I discovered your FaceBook page after...

    No worries Mark. We actually already talked over email. I discovered your FaceBook page after posting this, and already have the information and plan on placing an order for the 36x48 enclosure this week. Thanks!
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    Game Changing Information on Wild Caught Trade

    That's very hard for me to wrap my head around. I'll be watching both of the videos as soon as I have time to learn more, but most of my life it has been drilled into my head that wild animals belong in their natural habitat and should never be removed. That is actually something I struggled...
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    Hello! New here

    Nice to meet you all! I'm glad that Appa seems to be in okay health as long as I fix the enclosure. I took some pictures from his daily soak today like I said I would! Photo dump incoming (sorry for the one he's pooping wanted a picture of his legs):
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    Question About Specific Closed-Chamber Enclosure

    Thank you for the warning! I actually got into contact with Mark and will be buying his 48x36 Complete PVC enclosure, which seems MUCH better than the enclosure I was looking at here.
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    Hello! New here

    Hi! I'm hoping that's the case. I've already contacted Mark (who Tom recommended) and I'll be paying for the enclosure on Monday. 48x36 closed chamber. He's expecting it'll be a 4 to 5 week construction time for it. In the mean time gonna try my best to improvise to improve the living space. He...
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