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A Quick & Easy Light Stand

Discussion in 'Tortoise Enclosure Lighting' started by Yvonne G, Nov 23, 2012.

  1. Yvonne G

    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 10 Year Member! Platinum Supporter

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    When walking by the box turtle pen this a.m. I found a box turtle out, in the cold, with swollen eyes. I already have 3 tubs set up in the house, and they're sharing two light stands, the wrought iron stands from Zoo Med. So I had to make another light stand.

    I built this stand in 10 minutes with supplies and wood scraps I had on hand. The wall where this stand is going to be is 38" wide, so even though my tub wasn't that big, I made the stand a bit bigger in case I ever needed to use it under a larger tub.

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    I had a piece of scrap plywood already cut to a good size for this project (33" L), so I just cut a couple pieces of 2x4 for the side arms (21 1/2").
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    I screwed them onto the plywood, and you don't have to worry if they're straight up and down or not because the top cross piece pulls them together. In this case, I had some old 1/2"x2" pieces. Be sure to cut your top piece the exact same length as the bottom plywood is.
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    I don't plant my baby box turtle tub because every day I have to dig them all up and put them in front of the food. This uproots all the plants, so its not worthwhile to have them.
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    And...it's got that shabby chic look that's so popular.
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    RE: A Quick & Easy Light Stand

    Oh I love that!!!
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  4. Yvonne G

    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 10 Year Member! Platinum Supporter

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    Yup...and I didn't even wipe off the cob webs!
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    Great idea Yvonne. All those babies, yikes!!
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    Thank you Yvonne. My husband went out about an hour ago and made me this for Joseph's little Sulcata. I saw him take a few bites of food today. I do believe that I saw a bubble or two come out of his nose though and he did open his mouth once or twice although it looked like a yawn to me. I do believe that this way of hanging the lights and the heat will get more percise readings with temps. I'm so happy you posted it. :D

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    Nice description! Never throw away wood scraps if you keep tortoises, lol.
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    RE: A Quick & Easy Light Stand

    Nice sharing.
    So many babies! I count 14 babies there.
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    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 10 Year Member! Platinum Supporter

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    Actually, I'm a wood hoarder. The only difference between me and those seen on the TV shows is that all my scraps are neatly stored and stacked according to size. Oh, and they're outside, and not in the house!! :p
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    Since it's getting to be time to have your turtles back indoors, I thought it might be a good idea to re-visit this thread.

    Lately, since learning about the closed chambers, I put a piece of plastic down first, then the stand, then I bring the plastic up and over the top of the stand to cover the whole thing.
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    Do you use thick plastic like a pond liner? I keep envisioning plastic being melted by the heat lamps.
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    I use 6 mil plastic, and it doesn't touch the lights, so it doesn't melt.

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    After using this system for a couple years now, I've come to realize that a real closed chamber works much better. The plastic is ok in a pinch, but babies raised in a completely closed enclosure, such as a large tub with the lid on or a wooden box built especially for tortoises works much better. Also, the type of light/heat you use makes a big difference in whether or not the babies grow pyramided. I've always used black incandescent for nights and Zoo Med UVB for days. My baby tortoises go to Will's house in San Diego after hatching and I usually only keep them here for a few weeks. The last time he took babies home with him there were still two eggs in the incubator that hadn't hatched, so I had two baby leopards that I had to keep here until the next time Will came to get them. It was about 4 months. By the time Will came to pick them up, you could see that they were going to pyramid. So it's time to re-think the way I care for babies. I think it's mainly the lighting. I'm going to change out the incandescent and go with a tube type fluorescent UVB, then for heat I haven't decided on a CHE or some other non-drying heat source. I have to talk to @Markw84 and @Tom
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    It’s interesting that you mention the pyramiding. I’m hearing theories that leopards often pyramid in captivity, and that it may not be a humidity issue but more genetics. I had always been under the impression that pyramiding is due to lower than desirable humidity.

    I hadn’t considered the lighting to be a major part of it, though it makes sense for a few different reasons (drying the air is certainly one of them).

    Hoping to have a hatchling next month, but want to make sure I’ve got a decent setup first. I may have to sit this one out and wait.
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    Oh I'm sure humidity is the majority of the fix, but the dessicating incandescent light is also a cause.
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