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    How Long Should I Keep My UVB Light On?

    I figured I may as well show you guys exactly what I'm working with so it's easier for to visualize. Shown in the picture, after taking your advice, I installed a bright daylight LED bulb directly in the middle of the enclosure to light up the entire space. In the big deep dome, I have a CHE...
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    How Long Should I Keep My UVB Light On?

    Sorry, I mentioned it was a Russian tortoise at the very end of my last response. I should have mentioned it higher up. But yes, it seems like Russians are not a temperate species. I guess they do not really need a summer photoperiod?
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    How Long Should I Keep My UVB Light On?

    Hi Tom, thanks! I should have clarified that I am using the T5 HO 12% Arcadia bulb (from lightyourreptiles.com). My Solar Meter 6.5 reads levels of 1.5 - 4.8 throughout the enclosure so the T5 HO is working well. And I see - I have been using my basking bulb as my “daylight” bulb rather than...
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    How Long Should I Keep My UVB Light On?

    From my understanding, we should keep our UVA lights on from sunrise to sundown (12-14 hours a day) to simulate sunlight. What about UVB? How many hours a day is it appropriate to keep on my UVB T5 12% Arcadia tube? (My solar meter reads anywhere from 1.9 - 5.0 throughout the enclosure). Is...
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    I'm Considering Doing an Enclosure Overhaul - I Need Your Opinion Please

    I'm considering possibly doing an enclosure overhaul depending on the feedback I receive. I'll keep things short and simple: I have a ~1.5 year old Russian Tortoise that is almost 4.5 inches long. He/she needs more space to burrow in and I just want a bigger enclosure for it in general. The...
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    Is Mesh An Issue with UVB Output (Even if My Solar Meter Reads Appropriate Levels)?

    Great - that's what I figured. Thanks! I purposely got a very strong Arcadia T5 bulb to compensate for the mesh affecting some of the UVB.
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    Is Mesh An Issue with UVB Output (Even if My Solar Meter Reads Appropriate Levels)?

    I know this might seem a bit extra, but I know that some people claim that mesh below your lights is bad because it reduces UVB output anywhere from 20-50%. I understand this and it's expected, but if I have a Solar Meter and if the levels are between 3-7 on the index scale for my Russian...
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    Noticing deeper grooves in his shell. Is this normal?

    Hi guys, Just doing my occasional check-in on my tortoise’s health. I’ve recently noticed that the lines between each section of his shell have become more pronounced. Is this normal as he grows or is this a sign that something need to be changed? The picture of him laying down with his legs...
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    Is This Brand Safe To Use For Substrate?

    I’m trying to do an overhaul of my tortoises enclosure, but realize that garden center substrate is usually a lot cheaper. Does anyone know if this brand is perfectly safe for my tortoise? Thank you!
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    Where Should I Place the Humidity/Temp Sensor in My Enclosure?

    I’m having some trouble trying to decide where the temp/humidity sensor should go in my enclosure. Over the last 6 months, I’ve had it on the log, in the corner, on the wall, but now I just set it down on the substrate near the wall. Any recommendations for accurate readings? Thank you :)!
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    I’m noticing the growth on my tortoise isn’t “smooth”. Is this normal?

    I got the enclosure from Zen Habitats. I did the PayPal 4-Payments plan when purchasing ($400 total). If you’d like the specific measurements, I can look it up :) It’s important to note I got the PVC version so the “wood” doesn’t warp (it’s not real wood, just a design on top of PVC). The...
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    I’m noticing the growth on my tortoise isn’t “smooth”. Is this normal?

    Can you explain what you mean? Like make the enclosure? I just bought it. Everything else was just added in there. Feel free to ask more questions though.
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    I’m noticing the growth on my tortoise isn’t “smooth”. Is this normal?

    Markings from the breeder I purchased the tortoise from :) I don’t know when they will go away lol.
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    I’m noticing the growth on my tortoise isn’t “smooth”. Is this normal?

    Sure - here’s a recent pic of my setup. The Zen Habitat enclosure was a little pricey but I really enjoy it. I’ve recently added more fake plants and more wooden houses to make things more interesting for my tortoise. It’s always undergoing new changes (thinking of adding a humid hide soon). But...
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    I’m noticing the growth on my tortoise isn’t “smooth”. Is this normal?

    I’m happy to hear! Admittedly it was kind of scary at first because I know babies aren’t the best to begin with, but he was literally the only tortoise I could find in-person and online so I jumped the gun and invested money into a closed chamber with all the things he needed as a baby. Glad...
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    I’m noticing the growth on my tortoise isn’t “smooth”. Is this normal?

    Thank you! I’m glad the hours upon hours of research paid off. I’ve only had him for a little over half a year at this point but I can’t wait until he’s fully grown. Always looking for ways to ensure everything is fine as he matures. Thank you for your insight :)!
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    I’m noticing the growth on my tortoise isn’t “smooth”. Is this normal?

    My 9-month old Russian tortoise is growing quickly and I’ve noticed that his shell isn’t perfectly smooth. I’ve never owned a tortoise before so I don’t know what to expect but is it normal for his shell to have lots of lines and look a bit rough/ridged as shown in the pics? I’m not referring to...
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