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Discussion in 'Redfoot and yellowfoot tortoises' started by mike taylor, Nov 12, 2017.

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    What a great setup! It would definitely make it easier to keep the temp and humidity levels more consistent. Do they get enough air inside for circulation? Would this type of setup work for Homeana Hingebacks?
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    mike taylor Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    I wouldn't know about other types of tortioses . I only keep reds, sulcata, leopards,and box turtles . But as long as temperature and humidity required is met ,I don't see why not . But if you need more heat, I would buy a sheet of aluminum and mount that to the top for a heat shield .As far as air flow I have a one inch hole drilled into the top to run cords through . Humidity stays constant and the tortioses love it . I wouldn't run a higher wattage che with just a plastic top . I would cut a big hole in the top then add a piece of aluminum sheeting . Then drill a one inch hole in the aluminum to mount the che fixture to that .
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    mike taylor Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    This is the temperature of the lid by the fixture mounting point . I'm running a 50 watt che . IMG_20171115_192655868_LL.jpg
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    mike taylor Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Also I can't stress this enough..... Mount your thermocouple from the thermostat close to the che fixture.
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    Thank you. I will think about it.
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    mike taylor Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    They love leaf litter to hide in . IMG_20171115_195223887.jpg
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    I've got some leaves that I brought back from NC. I've got to wash and boil them before I put them in the enclosure.
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    mike taylor Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    I don't do all that . I just make sure no bugs hitch a ride into my house .
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    Oh! i guess I'm one of those OCD individuals. I think at this time I will just continue as is with my hingies. Thanks.
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    mike taylor Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Hahahaha don't change on my behalf . That's what makes the world go round.... diversity .
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    mike taylor Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Man it is humid in there 96% at 84° Fahrenheit. IMG_20171116_175453769.jpg
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    It needs to be 75% covered with plants (plastic are best) for them to hide and feel safe. If not, they'll get very stressed as they live the first 6-8 years of their life spending most of their time buried in leaf matter, in old logs, wherever the can hide, be warm and damp and safe from predators.

    Here's a pic of the setup I've used (with some variation) for 17 years for these guys. For the indoor shot I hadn't put all the plastic plants back in (had just redone it) so only about 50% of the 75% coverage we use and replaced the light with a very low watt (use 13W now) but this is from 2008-2009 I think.

    Indoor Redfoot Habitat-1.jpg

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    No to be a PITA, but here's a shot from Guyana (where they are native) where 70% of the country is covered in dense tropical forest (like all of the countries they are native to) so you can see what they spend 100% of their life in for the first 6-8 years, then 80% of the rest of their life once they get beyond that size.

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    I have some video footage of them in the wild, but can't post it here do to arrangements for personal use only, and the video looks a lot like this scene.
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    Very nice . This was meant for the beginner . To get temperatures and humidity right . They can add whatever plants they want . This is a cheap easy setup anyone can do .
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    Hi Mike, thanks for the great ideas and post. What kind of thermostats do you recommend and how would you set it up? Where did you get them? I did this “kind” of setup for my last hatchlings, but not so automated.
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    mike taylor Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Here is all the items used or their equivalent. All I did was drill a one inch hole in the corner for the cords to run inside the box . Then I drilled a one inch hole in the middle of the lid for the fixture . I took the fixture apart and ran it through the lid . Then put it back together. I mounted the uvb fixture by drilling 1/8 inch hole and used zip ties to hold it in place. I ran the thermocouple from the thermostat through the one-inch hole in the corner of the lid. Mount the thermocouple close to dome fixture . Then used the heat gun to setup the thermostat to the right temperatures. Screenshot_20171116-200016.jpg Screenshot_20171116-200402.jpg Screenshot_20171121-111529.jpg Screenshot_20171116-200249.jpg Screenshot_20171116-200101.jpg Screenshot_20171116-200852.jpg Screenshot_20171116-200038.jpg
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    Excellent, thank you.
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    This is great...except thst I had a bit of a problem with the images being in the wrong direction.... but that's just me... I can always flip the computer over for a closer look. Plastic bins with lids are great!

    If the lid gets too hot and a bit less stablöe from the heat around the CHE, then get some aluminium foil and put it around the hole.
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    mike taylor Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    That's why you use small wattage ceramic heat emitters and a thermostat . I've had no problems with over heating or any lid melting issues. I held back two of my hatchlings for friends to help get them past the the hatchlings stage. I'll keep them untill they out grow this enclosure .
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