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  1. Quixx66

    Matteo Going Nuts Over UV Lighting

    I’m not that handy. Could I do the pipe one with a regular saw? I found this, and the manufacturer accepts custom sizes. What do you think? I’m trying to save for a SMART Enclosure by Mark so I don’t want to spend too much though I do want the right item. Thanks...
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    Matteo Going Nuts Over UV Lighting

    Yikes, the bin is only 11” tall! I was burning my poor baby! No wonder! I think I found a riser. It’s made specifically for Arcadia but the tallest unless custom is only 5.5 inches added height. Do I need more? And that t he bull to surface measurement? Thanks.
  3. Quixx66

    Matteo Going Nuts Over UV Lighting

    I don’t have a UV meter. I guess I’ll have to save up. I’ll pack the coir. I took your advise to do it before but Matteo had a hard time digging and started sleeping on top. Guess I did it too hard! I’ll try to do it again. Thank you!
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    Matteo Going Nuts Over UV Lighting

    Oh, my! I’ll look for a hanger of some sort. I do have both real and fake plants on order right now. He had some fake ones before, and come to think of it, he did spend time under them. I removed them because they got brittle and smelled under the light. I’m planning to also order to marjoram...
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    Matteo Going Nuts Over UV Lighting

    Great idea! Thanks.
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    Matteo Going Nuts Over UV Lighting

    Hi All, Matteo is a Western Hermann’s tortoise. He’s in a Christmas tree bin. He was a few months old when I got him and he’s now a out 16 months old. As a hatchling, he seemed fine with the Arcadia light. He’d started to come out and wander areound his bin. A few months ago, he began spending...
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    Fruit Flies, Is No Substrate Okay?

    Whew, I’ve been worrying. Thanks for the perspective and reassurance.
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    Fruit Flies, Is No Substrate Okay?

    So I read that phorid flies are actually dangerous disease carriers. I had started to leave food for Matteo overnight because he wakes up at night and he’ll wake up earlier in the morning than I do. I just found decomposing greens in his soil that he had buried! Yuck! No more! He’ll have to...
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    Fruit Flies, Is No Substrate Okay?

    Thank you!
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    Fruit Flies, Is No Substrate Okay?

    Thank you!
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    Fruit Flies, Is No Substrate Okay?

    Phoned flies? I can’t find them. They are annoying me by landing on me, and my mother doesn’t want the bugs in the house. She’s not happy there’s so much soil in my bedroom. I’d ordered Matteo way before I moved back in with her.
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    Fruit Flies, Is No Substrate Okay?

    I’m ordering some of those catchers! Thanks for the suggestion. I have Reptisoil mixed with Eco Earth Coconut Fiber. I’m feeding Mazuri and organic spring mix right now with freeze dried hibiscus, red clover, and dandelion. The flies are a recent phenomenon but the Mazuri is stored in the...
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    Fruit Flies, Is No Substrate Okay?

    Thanks, y’all!
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    Fruit Flies, Is No Substrate Okay?

    I’ve tried vinegar to get rid of the fruit flies in Matteo’s enclosure. Works in the kitchen but not very well in his enclosure. I got them down a bit then they rebounded. They seem to prefer the soil to the vinegar. I’ve ordered some insect-eating plants. In the meantime, could I just put...
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    Good Outdoor Elevateable Enclosure to Buy

    Great idea! I will try this.
  16. Quixx66

    Good Outdoor Elevateable Enclosure to Buy

    Hi all, Matteo is now a year old, and I’d like to keep him outside a couple hours a day. Does anyone have suggestions for an affordable outdoor enclosure? I need a box style that’s elevated off the ground. There of Fire ants and so on here. I need strong mesh to protect him from hawks and...
  17. Quixx66

    Long Weekend Away Re Hermann’s

    Thanks so much for the advice I’ll do that.
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    Long Weekend Away Re Hermann’s

    Hi, I thought someone might be home over the July 4th weekend. I’ll be gone Friday through Monday night. Will a small 1 year old Hermann’s be okay without a daily soaking What to do about food (Mazuri I always feed soaked) and drinking water? Thanks.
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    1yo Pyramiding?

    Are these pics better? Thanks!
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    1yo Pyramiding?

    Thanks so much. Puts my mind at ease.
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