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  1. Rocco's family

    4th of July Fire

    This is so sad. I'm so sorry for your loss. So heartbreaking. Maybe a good idea to wet down enclosures, and if you're able to install sprinklers, that's the first thought I had as well. I'm so sorry this happened to you.
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    FREE, NEW 28-watt radiant heat panel (Vivarium electronics) & 12% UVB Kit (Pro T5, Arcadia reptile)

    Hi all, About a year and a half ago I bought a 28-watt radiant heat panel from Vivarium and a UVB kit in anticipation of a new tortoise night box we were building. As it turned out, neither of these worked for the house (it ended up being built differently from what we had planned). By the time...
  3. Rocco's family

    The importance of DEEP shade

    Super helpful! Thank you!!
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    28 watt RHP as supplemental heat to 80 watt RHP and pig mat?

    I am working on returning the 28-watt rhp. I am looking around to see if I can find someone to build a lower false ceiling. In the meantime, I have been looking and the 80-watt rhp's are out of stock everywhere! I finally found a place that has a 120 watt one- should I grab that to supplement...
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    28 watt RHP as supplemental heat to 80 watt RHP and pig mat?

    Thank you for this idea! I will look for someone who may be able to do this!
  6. Rocco's family

    28 watt RHP as supplemental heat to 80 watt RHP and pig mat?

    Hi all, I realized that my sulcata's night box will not stay warm enough once the temperatures drop (this will be his first winter outside in his night box). Right now I have an 80-watt RHP suspended about 8 inches above his shell height, plus a pig mat on the floor and a similar panel screwed...
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    Ceramic Heat Emitters vs. Heat Panels

    We are in Costa Mesa (right next to Huntington Beach)- so inland enough that we don't get the super heavy marine layer, but it still can be pretty damp sometimes. He has slept inside the house for as long as we've had him, but he is just getting too big! Thank you for all your help on the...
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    Ceramic Heat Emitters vs. Heat Panels

    He is a sulcata and he's about 40 pounds now. I was concerned about the height : ( My dad and uncle are building it for me, and I gave them the dimensions, but they did it taller. I just didn't feel like I could tell them to redo it. They are still in the process of finishing it- I told them...
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    Ceramic Heat Emitters vs. Heat Panels

    On the Kapidolo Farms website it looks like they have only the 40 watt, and those are out of stock- maybe supply problems? I will try @Markw84. Rocco's house is on the way to being done- so far we have a Kane heat mat and a reptitherm habitat heater, but I feel like we will need a radiant heat...
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    Ceramic Heat Emitters vs. Heat Panels

    Is it just me, or are these RHP's out of stock everywhere?? If anyone knows of someplace to order them please let me know!
  11. Rocco's family

    Homemade Tort Biscuits

    This sounds really cool! I'll try it out for my sulcata!
  12. Rocco's family

    What to do about a long vacation

    Thank you so much for the great info! I really appreciate it!
  13. Rocco's family

    What to do about a long vacation

    Hi, I saw there are several conversations about what to do with your tortoise when you go on vacation, and I'm looking for some input. I will be gone about a month this summer, and I have a 40 lb. sulcata. We live in southern California, so it's pretty warm during the summer. He will have an...
  14. Rocco's family

    I would love input on an outdoor sulcata shelter!

    Thank you so much!! This is super helpful!
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    I would love input on an outdoor sulcata shelter!

    Hi, I'm new to the forum and was wondering if anyone might give some input on an outdoor sulcata house. We adopted ours a while back and have kept him indoors at night and in bad weather, but he is now 33 pounds and has outgrown his tub! It's time to build a home. I know the house needs to be...
  16. Rocco's family

    UVB Lighting

    We adopted a sulcata a while ago, knowing nothing about reptiles. We have kept him outdoors during the day when it's warm and sunny and inside during bad weather and at night, but at 33 pounds he is outgrowing the biggest tub we can find and I think it's time for him to have an outdoor shelter...
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