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Closed "Chambers"

Discussion in 'Debatable Topics' started by Tom, Sep 2, 2011.

  1. Taylor T.

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    If you are worrying about him running out of oxygen, don't. Unless your enclosure is sealed like a refrigerator there is no way he could use it up faster than it leaks in.

    He would probably be fine even if it was perfectly sealed, because every time you open it to feed him, or soak him, you would be letting in lots of fresh air.
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    thanks a lot. I was in deed worried that he will get uncomfortable due to lack of air :)
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    Could I use flex seal to coat the inside of the closed chamber box to help with the moisture and soil so it doesn't rot the wood? Any other recommendations for building the box?
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    Check out the enclosure threads there’s so many great ideas and different safe sealants to choose from.
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    I did that with mine. Be sure that it’s not a super thin coat, because Curtis dug through the thin coat I put down ;)
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    Wrong. I'm reading every one. Lol I might not know as much as everybody here, but I'm learning quite a bit more than if I didn't. I love the perspective and enclosure ideas and will sometimes screenshot those points. I do get confused about the light studies though.
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    Hello Kristina, I'm feeling like the worst tortoise mommy right now! I have two amazing Sri Lankan Stars about 6 and 8 months. Had them since they were 2 and 4 weeks. I thought I was doing well with them but now I'm concerned. I was expecting some pyramiding due to their genes but I have read recently that there are keepers with smooth shelled Sris. I have them in a 40 gal breeder with hinged screen lid under a 75w heat lamp (was 100w but kept blowing bulbs) and a UV bulb. I hope that's enough info on lights can't remember the details since I went through several bulbs at first. Their humidity says it stays around 80%. 90+ at night when all lights are off, and it's always about 90°F under their basking area. I soaked them every day for about 20 min at first and now about every 2-3 days with misting enclosure in between. I just placed a piece of wood down the middle to separate them bc I read that the bigger one was bullying and stressing my little one out. I didn't see this, thought they were just close. Now my lights are straight down the middle over the wood. This is temporary of course. Just wanted your opinion on how to improve their lives. I hope I don't sound dumb I'm new at this. I desperately want to do everything I can to be the best tortoise mommy I can. When is it time to remove from the closed chamber? I am suddenly doubting myself feel like I know nothing despite my studies. I was thinking of getting Jerry D Fife's Star Tortoise book and doing as he says. Any opinion or input will be greatly appreciated. Also I'm sorry I don't know how to insert a picture. Hope my description was clear and sufficient.
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    20180711_211830.jpg Ahhh I figured it out! Lol
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    in this picture why do you put some tortoise together is it possible for parda to put in a group? sorry for asking to much question but here in Indonesia we don't have much source to learn
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    Groups of juveniles are usually fine. Pairs are the problem.

    When the male SouthAfrican leopards begin to mature at around 18 months old, they get very aggressive with each other and with any females present. I find it best to house the males all alone and introduce them for breeding once in a while.
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    thank you
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    So I'm constructing my chamber. Is it better to use expanded PVC or wood? If I use wood what do I coat the bottlem so it doesnt rot. Thanks
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    @Tom, In the picture of the PVC lid, how do you adhere the plastic to the pipes? I'm hoping to build a similar lid for a 50 gal stock tank!
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    Tom The Dog Trainer 5 Year Member

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    That is a pic of someone else's enclosure. This thread is 7 years old and I don't remember whose that was anymore.
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    Thank you<3 I may start a separate post for ideas. May I use picture?
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    Tom The Dog Trainer 5 Year Member

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    Its not my place to give you permission since it is not mine. It is posted on a public forum, so I think can can use it if you like.
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