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Basking Area and CHE

Discussion in 'Tortoise Enclosure Lighting' started by RussianTortsNF, Nov 4, 2017.

  1. Tom

    Tom The Dog Trainer 5 Year Member

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    That is good weight gain for that amount of time. :)

    Don't worry if the tortoise starts trying to climb out. Let him exercise. Its good for them.
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    When they start trying to climb out, think of it as a tort-tredmill!
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    I also had a question about a CHE. What lamp can you guys use for it? They said i should use the wire cage clamp by zoomed beacuase they che get really hot and it might melt the dome ones.
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    I just use the regular metal dome one, just make sure the socket that you screw it into is a ceramic one. The plastic ones will melt. The pet store by me wanted a 20 or 30 bucks for the wire one you are describing. I think mine was 11 or $12 at the hardware store.
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    Would you guys recommend using it with a dimmer? I need to set up 2 in my enclosure already have one. Planning on getting one with a dimmer.
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    I actually just started building my closed chamber this week end, and just purchased a thermostat for my two che's I will be running in it. I bought a zilla thousand watt, I read some fairly decent reviews on it. Not sure if a thermostat is the exact same as a dimmer, but I got this one on eBay for a little over 20 bucks. I don't think it has all the bells and whistles as a more expensive one, but from what I have read people seem to have decent results with it. I think it would do a good job helping you regulate your ambient air temperature, and help you regulate your night time low temp.
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